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This Week’s Highlight: Industry Input Sought on UHF Portable Radios

Approaches to Market from government come in various forms with the most common being the Request for Tender (RFT). RFTs are a known scope requirement, whereby government will be seeking a pricing commitment of some sort, which can be range from a rates table to a fixed price or a combination of both. However other than an RFT, there are also other ways the government seeks to approach the market which might allow for market preparation, or shortlisting of tenderers and as such improve the end result. In these situations, government uses a Request for Proposal or an Expression of Interest process. One further process government might use is the Request for Information (RFI). This process is a form of market research allowing government agencies to pose a number of questions or scenarios to industry and gain an understanding of the possible options and feasible solutions. The process is not competitive and does not guarantee any procurement, but from industry’s perspective it is an opportunity to shape or influence a potential procurement while allowing government to be an informed buyer.

RFIs are definitely on the increase with most agencies taking the opportunity to engage with industry prior to formulating the final RFT. So this week we look at an RFI issued by the Department of Home Affairs seeking Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Portable Radio Capability with the objective to explore industry capacity and capabilities for delivery of suitable future technological and commercial options. Home Affairs is inviting respondents to provide information on product solutions, indicative costings and potential suppliers to meet the requirements and is looking for potentially innovative solutions to achieve the projects outcomes.

This particular requirement is for the Australian Border Force which uses secure UHF radio communications as a critical tool to meet its border protection obligations while maintaining secure transmission. As noted above, this is not a commitment of any future procurement but will allow the department to understand what capability/solutions exist in the market. This RFI is due 17 Dec 21.

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Building, Construction and Civil Works

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch - Planned Upcoming Approaches to Market Notice (Sep 21)NoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
EST05532 Facilities to support highly available ICT projectNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
EST7003PH1 and ESTA3503PH1 Program – Managing Contractor (MCC-1 2021) - Notice of Impending ProcurementNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
HMAS Harman Fire Safety Building Works, ACTExtended to 6 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Puckapunyal Live In Accommodation (LIA) Construction, VIC6 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Kuttabul South East Boat Pound Building Works, NSW6 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Holsworthy Hospital Building Refurbishment Works, NSW6 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Amberley Civil Minor Repairs & Maintenance, QLD6 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Building Extension Works, SAExtended to 17 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGDOA
Oakey Swimming Pool Refurb, QLD6 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Borneo Barracks 70s Living In Accommodation Redecoration, QLD7 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Canungra Training Area Ranges Refurbishments, QLD7 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Oakey Propeller Shed Refurbishment, QLD7 Dec 21N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Oakey Mess Redecorate, QLD7 Dec 21N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) Edinburgh L0081 Refurbishment, SA8 Dec 21N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Amberley Health Centre, QLD8 Dec 21N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Townsville Chinook Office Minor Refurbishment, QLD10 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Construction of the Northern Precinct Facilities, ANBG10 Dec 21N/ADirector of National ParksEOI
RAAF Amberley Mechanical Equipment and Operational and Maintenance Section (MEOMS) Refurbishment, QLD13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Williamtown Maintenance Hangar Refurbishments, NSW13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Point Cook A0185 Refurbishment, VIC13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Wire Cutting EDM Machine13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Defence Science and Technology Group Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and Switchboard Works, SA13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Stirling Hangar Refurbishment, WAExtended to 17 Jan 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
DSTG Edinburgh Storage and Laboratory Refurbishment Works, SAExtended to 17 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Brisbane Area Ranges Refurbishments, QLD13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Lavarack Barracks Civil Works, QLD13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Wide Bay Training Area Ranges Refurbishment, QLD13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Health Centre Maintenance Works, SAExtended to 20 Jan 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Campbell Barracks Boat Storage Refurbishment, WA13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Williams Point Cook Married Quarters Refurbishment, VIC13 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Hangar 46 North Fit Out, ACT14 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Stirling Junior Officers Live in Accommodation, WAExtended to 17 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Singleton Range Refurbishments, NSW14 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
West Head Range Building Refurbishments, VIC14 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Lavarack Barracks Street Lighting Replacements Townsville QLD14 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Appointment of Contractors to the Residential Maintenance Services Panel17 Dec 21N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
RAAF Point Cook Electrical Refurbishment, VIC17 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Creswell Interim Training and Accommodation Facilities, ACT17 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Design and Construction - 10 Dwellings, Torhaven - Deebing Heights, QueenslandExtended to 17 DecN/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Riverina Redevelopment Program – Managing Contractor (MCC-1 2021) – Request for Tender14 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
P0010 - National Airfield Works at HMAS Albatross, RAAF Base Richmond, Pearce and Amberley16 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Civil Engineering Services at Booderee National Park20 Dec 21TBC Director of National ParksRFT
Civil Construction at Lee Point Stage 2 (2CRU Stage 1)21 Dec 218 Dec, Online Defence Housing AustraliaRFT
Invitation to Register Interest - Managing Contractor Contract (MCC-1 2021) - North Queensland Mid-Term Refresh Program22 Dec 21N/A Defence - DSRGEOI
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Fire Hydrant Minor Repair and Maintenance, ACT12 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Keswick Barracks Building Refurbishment, SA17 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Damascus Barracks Building Refurbishment, QLD18 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) Shed Refurbishments, QLD19 Jan 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Townsville Commercial Centre, QLD19 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Lavarack Barracks Business Centre Refurbishment, QLD19 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Lavarack Barracks Business Centre Refurbishment, QLD19 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Explosive Ordnance Loading Area Maintenance Works, SA20 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
DSTG Fishermans Bend Transonic Security Upgrade, VIC20 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Request for tender for the Margaret Knoll Boardwalk and Viewing Platform Replacement21Jan 228 Dec 21, OnlineDirector of National ParksRFT
Special Operations Facilities Program - EST2097PH4 and EST1508PH1 - Request For Tender (DSC-1 2021)25 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
RFP – The provision of system integration for information technology infrastructure and continuing managed services.Extended to 8 Dec 21N/AReserve Bank of AustraliaRFP
Request for Information for Cyber Capability Services10 Dec 21N/ADigital Transformation AgencyRFT
Data Centre Services17 Dec 21N/ADigital Transformation AgencyRFI
UHF Portable Radios17 Dec 21TBCDepartment of Home AffairsRFI
Spectrum Auction capability21 Dec 21N/AAustralian Communications and Media AuthorityRFT
Printers, Scanners and MFDs 22 Dec 21TBCDigital Transformation AgencyRFI
Live Captioning Services for the Australian Parliament House24 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Parliamentary Services RFT
RFP for a Speech to Text Solution10 Jan 22N/AAustralian Criminal Intelligence CommissionRFP
Point of Support (POS) System21 Jan 22TBC Services AustraliaRFT

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
SEA1442 Phase 5 - Maritime Tactical C3 Sub Program - Industry UpdateNoticeTBCDefence - CASGNotice
LAND8710 Phase 1 (CE1) LMV-MNoticeN/A Defence - CASGNotice
LAND 129 Phase 4B Small Unmanned Aerial SystemNoticeTBC Defence - CASGNotice
Combat Survivability & Lifesaving Equipment (CSLSE)Notice29 Nov, Online Defence - CASGNotice
Defence Innovation, Science and Technology Standing Offer PanelExtended to 7 Dec 2126 Oct, Online Defence - DSRGRFT
Vacuum Furnace7 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Supply of Electrical Motors & Components for the sustainment of the Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyers (DDGs)8 Dec 21Availalbe online Defence - CASGRFT
Defence Future Fuel Strategy10 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFQ
IPACE-INFRA-001 & 002Extended to 20 Dec 21N/A Defence - ISGEOI
The Supply of Semi-Auto Rifle Platforms14 Dec 21N/AAustralian Federal PoliceRFT
LAND 154 Phase 4 - Passive Infra-red Electronic Counter Measures15 Dec 21N/ADefence - CASGRFI
AIR 6502 Phase 1 - Request For ProposalExtended to 10 Dec 211 Oct, Online  Defence - CASGRFP
JP9102 Australian Defence Satellite Communication SystemExtended to 10 Jan 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Supply of General Mechanical Systems parts and services for the sustainment of the Hobart Class DDGs.7 Jan 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
CN31 STS Young Endeavour – Maintenance Support21 Jan 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Destroyer Capability Life Cycle Manager Procurement21 Jan 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
NMP1950 - Replacement Hyperbaric Chamber28 Jan 22TBCDefence - CASGRFT
Navy Platforms and Systems Training Services Contract11 Feb 2229 Nov, Navy Training Systems Centre Defence - DSRGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Indigenous Justice Research ProgramExtended to 7 Dec 21N/AAustralian Criminal Intelligence CommissionRFT
NT Indigenous Business and Employment Hub14 Jan 22N/ANational Indigenous Australians AgencyRFT

Education/Training

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
National Indigenous Tourism Mentoring Program16 Dec 21N/ANational Indigenous Australians AgencyRFT
Research into Best Practice Models for the Online Teaching of Mathematics17 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentRFT
Navy Platforms and Systems Training Services Contract11 Feb 2229 Nov, Navy Training Systems Centre Defence - DSRGRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Civil Engineering Services at Booderee National Park20 Dec 21TBC Director of National ParksRFT

Finance/Economics/Auditing

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Vacuum Furnace7 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT

Health

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Provision of Community-Based Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services7 Dec 21Available Online from 26 Oct Department of Veterans’ AffairsRFT
Provision of the Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutic Education Scheme program (Veterans’ MATES)14 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsRFT
Procurement of a Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectrometer System with Microscope and ATR Capability: TGA 21-22/827716 Dec 21N/ADepartment of HealthRFT
Medical and Dental Equipment (MDE) Support Services Contract21 Jan 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Tender Proposal for Activities for Local Jobs Program Local Recovery Fund 2021-2023Extended to 17 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentRFP
Procurement of ATO outsource labour for service delivery panel10 Jan 229 Dec, TBC Australian Taxation OfficeRFT
NT Indigenous Business and Employment Hub14 Jan 22N/ANational Indigenous Australians AgencyRFT

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Future Fuel Strategy10 Dec 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFQ
Cambodia-Australia Partnership for Resilient Economic Development (CAP-RED)14 Dec 2126 Nov, Online Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI
Samoa Legislative Assembly Offices16 Dec 21TBC Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI
AusNCP Independent Examiner Services17 Dec 21N/ADepartment of the TreasuryRFT
Parliament and Civics Education Rebate Program (PACER) Administration Services RFT6 Jan 22N/ADepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentRFT

Marketing/Media/Comms

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Pacific Media Support Services5 Jan 22TBC Defence - ISGRFP
Approach to Market Annual Review of Exhibition Services Panel21 Jan 22TBCAustralian War MemoriaRFT

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Innovation, Science and Technology Standing Offer PanelExtended to 7 Dec 2126 Oct, Online Defence - DSRGRFT
BRIGHT Nanoprobe Insertion DeviceExtended to 10 Jan 22N/AAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Investing in fertiliser storage infrastructure in the GRDC Northern Region6 Dec 21N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Macrophomina Industry Workshop Consultation7 Dec 21N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Southern Positioning Augmentation Network Geostationary Earth Orbit Payload – 01 (SGP-01)Extended to 17 Dec 2119 Oct, OnlineGeoscience AustraliaRFT
Management and Operation of the National Halon Bank13 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT
Analytics for the Australian Grains Industry (AAGI)23 Dec 21N/AGrains Research and Development CorporatioEOI
LITHIUM FERRO PHOSPHATE (LIFEPO4) BATTERIES FOR OBSERVATION APPLICATIONS14 Jan 22N/ABureau of MeteorologyRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Supply and Installation of Collections StorageExtended to 13 Dec 2127 Oct, Online CSIRORFT
Aeronautical Life Support Equipment Sustainment6 Dec 2122 Nov, Online Defence - CASGIB
Provision of ordering, printing, personalisation, and storage of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme stationery products6 Dec 219 Nov, OnlineServices Australia6 Dec 21
Security Guarding Services9 Dec 2111 Nov, National Museum of AustraliaNational Museum of Australia9 Dec 21
Grounds Maintenance - Expression of Interest13 Dec 21N/A Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationEOI
Establish a Standing Offer for provision of Headstone Engraving Services for the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG)16 Dec 21N/A Department of Veterans’ AffairsRFT
Property Services Panel21 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Home AffairsRFT
Sanitary and Sharps Services at Australian Parliament House10 Jan 22N/ADepartment of Parliamentary ServicesRFT
Banknote Processing Systems21 Jan 22N/AReserve Bank of AustraliaRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Detector Dog Transportation Services20 Dec 21N/ADepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT

Multi-Use Lists

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Invitation to provide Day Procedure Centre Services to the Veteran Community30 Jun 22N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Private Hospital Services30 Jun 22N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Supply of Medical Grade Footwear to eligible persons30 Jun 22N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Digital Marketplace Panel23 Feb 23N/ADigital Transformation AgencyMUL

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