This Week in Government Tenders

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This Week's Highlight - Preparing for a Pending Request For Tender

In previous weeks we discussed the efforts being made by government to consult with industry much earlier in the procurement process than was traditionally done in the past. While government is using Requests for Information and calling for Expressions of Interest more often, they are also providing Notices of upcoming procurements a lot more regularly. This is more common for Defence and ICT requirements. So when you see a Notice for a prospective tender opportunity, what actions can you take to maximise this ‘warning period’? While the detailed specifications and contractual templates are yet to be seen, there is still a significant amount of preparatory work that can reduce the tender squeeze, when the actual RFT is released.

– Documentation prep: Regardless of the requirement there are a few commercial documents that are always called for in a tender in some kind of format, these include: company profile (background, resources, experience), Corporate viability, financial statements, insurance details, organisation structure, Key staff (and their duty statements). These documents can be prepared in a draft form and finalised when the tender is released.

– Partnerships/Consortiums/Subcontractors – While the fine detail of these relationships can’t be established before knowing the details of the requirement, discussions around potential partnerships can commence. If you think you might need to go down this path, it would save valuable time later if you establish who might be available, who might be interested, and if you consider establishing a consortium, who might take the lead.

– Supply chain – an established business already has a supply chain, however will this tender require you introduce new subcontractors? Do you need to look at increasing Australian content, should you consider indigenous suppliers? Developing a potential list, arranging a few introductory meetings could serve you well down the track.

– The bid writing team – consider your past tender preparation experiences, what worked and what didn’t? Do you need to engage consulatants or bid writers? Do you have adequate legal advisors, do you need to rethink your bid preparation process and the structure of your internal teams?

Just taking the time to consider some of these aspects without the pressure of a deadline can make a big difference to the final quality of your bid, at the very least reduce your stress levels!

Engineering Business can assist with all aspects of tender readiness should you require it. If you are after further advice on this topic or any other opportunity listed below, feel free to contact us. You can also subscribe to this newsletter for regular weekly updates.

Building & Construction

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Fishermans Bend Electrical InfrastructureExtended to 10 May 18Changed to 19 Apr 18, Fisherman’s Bend, VICDefence - DSRG
Design Services Consultant for project A9067 Holsworthy Mid-Term Refresh10 May 18Details released subject to Confidentiality AgreementDefence - DSRG
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Richmond Building 104 Window Refurbishment14 May 1824 Apr 18, Richmond, NSWDefence - DSRG
EOI - Provision of services for the Construction of the Chancery for the Australian Embassy at Washington DC, USA16 May 18N/AForeign Affairs and Trade
Remedial Works and Identification, Boat Shed and Ramp, Wharf Repairs at Garden Island and HMAS Waterhen17 May 181 May 18, Garden Island & HMAS Waterhen, NSWDefence - DSRG
JP157 Aviation Refuelling Vehicles Facilities - Head Contract22 May 18Details released subject to Confidentiality AgreementDefence - DSRG
EOI -Provision of services for the Construction of the Chancery for the Australian Embassy at Washington DC, USA30 May 1827 Apr 18, Washington DC, USAForeign Affairs and Trade
RMAF Butterworth DFI Maintenance Provider Re Tender15 Jun 1830 May 18, RMAF Butterworth,MalaysiaDefence - DSRG


ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Upgrade operational radio and PTT communicationsNoticeN/AAustralian Federal Police
Core Services and Networking Managed Services Agreement(s) Pre-release NoticeNotice - RFT release delay to Apr/Jun 18N/AEnvironment and Energy
In-space Components of an Australian Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)NoticeN/AGeoscience Australia
COTS Client Management SolutionNoticeN/AAgriculture and Water Resources
COTS Workload Management SolutionNoticeN/AAgriculture and Water Resources
Provision of Domestic Fixed Voice Services9 May 18N/AForeign Affairs and Trade
Supply of the Support, Enhancement and Maintenance of the Personal Property Securities Register System14 May 185 Apr 18Australian Financial Security Authority
National Introduced Marine Pest Information System14 May 18N/AAgriculture and Water Resources
Scientific Computing, Data Hardware and Associated Services Panel17 May 18N/ACSIRO
Management of Alice Springs Satellite Ground Station (ASSGS) As A Service25 May 181 May 18, Alice Springs NTGeoscience Australia
National Relay Service31 May 189 Apr 18, Surry Hills NSW and 11 Apr 18, Melbourne VICCommunications and the Arts



OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Expression of Interest - Provision of Brand and Creative Services7 May 18N/ATourism Australia


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
EOI - Specialised Consultancy Panel - Architectural Design Services30 Jun 18N/ADefence Housing Australia
EOI - Specialised Consultancy Panel - Engineering (Civil and Hydraulic) Services30 Jun 18N/ADefence Housing Australia

Scientific/Environmental Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Regional communication & extension to understand the status, risks & management of fungicide resistance in the South28 May 18N/AGrains Research and Development Corporation
Queensland Upper Condamine Alluvium Groundwater Purchase (Round 6)31 Jul 18N/AAgriculture and Water Resources


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Request for Services – Panel of Early Case Assessment and Resolution Specialists18 May 18N/AAdministrative Appeals Tribunal
Australia Awards in Mongolia29 May 1823 Apr 18, Ulaanbaatar, MongoliaForeign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program
EOI - Specialised Consultancy Panel - Project Management Services30 Jun 18N/ADefence Housing Australia

MIscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Nikon D500 DSLR cameras and accessories15 May 18N/AAustralian Federal Police
Gas supply for various Reserve Bank properties15 May 18N/AReserve Bank of Australia
Cleaning of ACMA offices in Belconnen. A.C.T.18 May 1811 May 18, Belconnen ACTAustralian Communications and Media Authority
Cloth, Flannel, Cotton, Plain8 Jun 18N/ADefence - CASG

This newsletter captures all Commonwealth opportunities as issued on Austender with a minimum of 3 weeks remaining before RFT closing date. If you would like this newsletter emailed directly to your inbox subscibe at this link. If you are interested in a particular subject area across all government opportunities, Engineering Business can tailor a newsletter specifically for you. Please send us an email with your specific requirements and we’ll be happy to help. Engineering Business can assist you with all your government tendering requirements, from complete drafting to review, contact us to discuss further.

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