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This Week’s Highlight: Maintaining Aids to Navigation and Emergency Towing

Increasingly, government agencies are approaching industry for innovative ideas ahead of any Request for Tender (RFT) release. These approaches to market – Requests for Information (RFIs) – seek to guage feasibility of an idea and gain an undertsanding of possible solutions. At times this could be the introduction of a brand new concept entirely, or it could be an agency seeking a new way of doing their business as usual.

This week we look at an RFI issued by The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to provide AtoN maintenance services and/or Emergency Towage Capability (ETC). While a standard activity of the agency, AMSA is seeking innovative solutions to achieving these tasks and seeks to understand if there have been any new initiatives or improvements in the market. As an agency, AMSA provides an effective system of marine Aids to Navigation (AtoN) to the commercial shipping industry that meets the standards set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). The AtoN network consists of approximately 485 aids to navigation and 380 sites around Australia’s coastline which assist mariners to make safe and efficient passages.

The existing programmed budget for provision of these services over the current 10 year contract period is $130M for AtoN maintenance and $114M for ETC Level 1. As part of the proposal, AMSA is considering establishing a new contract, with a term of 8 years (with 2 x 2 year extension options), beginning on 1 July 2024.

This RFI will provide industry with the opportunity to indicate interest in providing this service, as well as offer feed back on how the requirement should be shaped, the relevant contracting model and advise on any new innovations that might provide better outcomes for AtoN maintenance and Level 1 ETC services.

It is important to note that RFIs are not a commitment of any procurement, but allows industry to shape the final outcome should it eventuate. This RFI closes on 28 February 2022.

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 and Civil Works

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Notice to Industry - Sydney Living-in Accommodation, Randwick BarracksNotice TBC Defence - DSRGNotice
EST02009 Managing Contractor (MCC-1 2021) – Notice of Impending ProcurementNotice TBCDefence - DSRGNotice
Defence Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch - Planned Upcoming Approaches to Market Notice (Jan 22)Notice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
Provision of Mechanical Maintenance ServicesExtended to 22 Feb 2216 Dec, Online Airservices AustraliaRFP
Special Operations Facilities Program - EST2097PH4 and EST1508PH1 - Request For Tender (DSC-1 2021)Extended to 16 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Airside Facility Refurbishment Works, SAExtended to 15 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Cerberus Dredging, VIC7 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
North Queensland Military Museum Refurbishment, QLD8 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
North Queensland Military Museum Refurbishment, QLD8 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Townsville Hangar 75 Refurbishment, QLD10 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Sports Centre Refurbishment, ACT14 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Keswick Barracks Buildings Minor Restoration and Maintenance, SA14 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Williamtown Dental Centre Refurbishment, NSW15 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
REOI Provision of Construction21 Feb 22N/AAirservices AustraliaEOI
Puckapunyal Facilities Refurbishment, VIC22 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Marrangaroo Exploded Ordnance Store Minor Repairs and Maintenance, NSW22 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Bindoon Training Area Capability Works, WA22 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Marrangaroo Training Area Roads Refurbishment, NSW25 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Albatross Building Works, NSW28 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Construction Services - Quality Control Laboratory1 Mar 22N/A CSIRORFT
EST7003PH1 and ESTA3503PH1 – Managing Contractor Contract – Request For Tender10 Mar 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Information in relation to grants management systems11 Feb 22TBC Department of FinanceRFI
Technology Services Support for Integrated Airspace Program14 Feb 22N/A Airservices AustraliaRFT
Solution Convert old Microsoft Office Flies15 Feb 22TBC Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeRFI
Board Management Software15 Feb 22TBCAustralian Securities and Investments CommissionRFT
AIS Service Manager10 Mar 22N/A Australian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT
Provision of managed services for the Identity Matching Services11 Mar 221 Feb, OnlineDepartment of Home AffairsRFT

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Innovation Hub - Call For SubmissionsNotice TBC Department of Defence - ISGNotice
Destroyer Capability Life Cycle Manager ProcurementExtended to 18 Feb 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Space Domain Awareness Project (JP9360)10 Feb 22N/A Defence - CASGRFI
Navy Platforms and Systems Training Services ContractExtended to 22 Feb 2229 Nov, Navy Training Systems Centre Defence - DSRGRFT
Home Station Training Industry Engagement11 Feb 22N/ADefence - DSRGEOI
HELICOPTER UNDERWATER ESCAPE TRAINING SUPPORT CONTRACT2 Mar 22TBC Defence - DSRGRFT
Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) Services4 Mar 22TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
LAND 129 Phase 4B Small Unmanned Aerial System4 Mar 22N/A Defence - CASGRFT
Field Lubricating and Servicing Pallet (FLSP) Replacement8 Mar 22N/A Defence - CASGRFT
DEFENCE FUEL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM - DEFENCE FUEL NETWORK MANAGING CONTRACTOR CONTRACT - RFT30 Mar 2217 Feb, Online Defence - DSRGRFT
AIR05428PH3 - Air Mission Training System11 Apr 2221 Feb, TBC Defence - CASGEOI
LAND8710-1 LMV-M14 Jun 22TBCDefence - CASGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No opportunities at this time

Education/Training

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
NOTICE - Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting Training Courses Invitation to Register (ITR)Notice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
Navy Platforms and Systems Training Services ContractExtended to 22 Feb 2229 Nov, Navy Training Systems Centre Defence - DSRGRFT
Training Partner and facilities to develop a Biosecurity Training Centre (BTC)14 Feb 22N/A Department of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No opportunities at this time

Finance/Economics/Auditing

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Fair Entitlements Guarantee Verification Services Panel 202214 Feb 22TBCAttorney-General’s DepartmentRFT
Provision of Transaction Banking Services9 Feb 22N/A Defence Housing AustraliaRFT

Health

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Tender People Panel – Phase 1: Recruitment and Search Services for the Australian Government14 Feb 2213 Dec, Online

14 Dec, Australian National University

16 Dec, Online

Department of FinanceRFT

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Australia Awards Timor-Leste7 Feb 22TBCDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT
Women+ Leading and Influencing Program (known as (WLI)8 Feb 22N/A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT
Market advice and estimates of contemporary LNG contract prices18 Feb 22N/A Australian Competition and Consumer CommissionRFT
Market advice and estimates of contemporary LNG contract prices18 Feb 22N/A Australian Competition and Consumer CommissionRFT
Market advice and estimates of future LNG freight rates18 Feb 22N/A Australian Competition and Consumer CommissionRFT
Supply of Services for the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) Program28 Feb 22N/A Department of Home AffairsRFT
Investing in Women: Women in Inclusive Sustainable Economic Recovery (IWISER)7 Mar 22TBCDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI

Marketing/Media/Comms

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Approach to Market Annual Review of Exhibition Services PanelExtended to 11 Feb 22TBCAustralian War MemoriaRFT
Addressing Regional Disparities Program in Indonesia28 Feb 22N/A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI
India Agent Services11 Mar 22N/A 83110000 - Telecommunications media servicesRFP

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Innovation Hub - Call For SubmissionsNotice TBC Department of Defence - ISGNotice
Ship based Automatic Weather StationsExtended to 8 Feb 22TBCBureau of MeteorologyRFT
Micro-XRF Mapper2 Feb 22N/A CSIRORFT
Liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer (LC - MS)7 Feb 22N/A Department of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesRFT
Charter of a Vessel to support turtle research trips10 Feb 22N/AGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityRFT
Enhancing frost tolerance and/or avoidance in wheat, barley and canola crops through in-season agronomic manipulation11 Feb 22N/A Grains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Biodegradable mulches for increased water capture and storage in grain production systems17 Feb 22Grains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Predicting nitrogen cycling and losses in Australian cropping systems - augmenting measurements to enhance modelling.25 Feb 22N/A Grains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Fallow Management and the Economic Costs25 Feb 22TBC Fallow Management and the Economic CostsRFT
Provision of Hydrogen Generation Plants25 Feb 22N/A Bureau of MeteorologyRFT
Evaluation of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Australian Brain Cancer Mission7 Mar 22N/A Department of HealthRFT
Project-level environmental-economic accounting of coastal blue carbon ecosystems23 Mar 2215 Feb, OnlineDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Vaccine Logistics Services and Medical Supplies Panel15 Feb 222 Feb, WebexDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT
Provision of Cleaning and Hygiene Services18 Feb 222 Feb, OnlineAirservices AustraliaEOI
AtoN Maintenance and Level 1 ETC Services18 Feb 22N/A Australian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFI
17SQN Tailoring and Medal Mounting Services RAAF Base Tindal23 Feb 22TBC Defence - DSRGRFT
Request for Tender for bulk-fuels to support the Australian Antarctic Program25 Feb 22N/A Department of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT
Supply of Services for the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) Program28 Feb 22N/A Department of Home AffairsRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme Air Operators (Regions 7 and 8)18 Feb 2218 Jan, Online Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT
Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme Air Operators (Region 10)18 Feb 2218 Jan, Online Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT

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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