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This Week in Government Tenders

This week’s highlight: The Industry Brief

Industry Briefs are a common part of the government tendering process, and as government departments attempt to increase their industry consultation, these briefs are also increasing. Traditionally, a large or somewhat complex RFT would be issued, and within two weeks of RFT release, an Industry Brief would be held. This brief would serve to elaborate on the requirement and clarify the intent as well as offer an opportunity for asking questions. These types of Industry Briefs are still common, they are held at a large venue, sometimes even webcast, and are optional. All content presented at these briefs, including any questions answered, is then made available on Austender shortly thereafter. Variations on this type of Industry Brief are those held for construction/building projects which are typically held on the associated site, and are either highly recommended or at times compulsory.

More recently, in an attempt to widen the exposure of an RFT, an Industry Brief is held ahead of the RFT release. This allows government to socialise the requirement with industry in advance and also allows them to seek feedback on the requirement’s feasibility. At times a department may present draft specifications for review and comment, they may release an options paper or could simply be providing advance notice. Several such examples of this are in this weeks notices on Austender. Finance has issued a position paper on a whole of government digital strategy and will be seeking industry input. This will then be further detailed in an Industry Brief on 4 Sep. Similarly, Defence will be holding an Industry Brief on the 15 Sep to discuss their Air Force Operating Concept. While security requirements preclude the release of any documentation, those with appropriate security clearances will have the opportunity to provide input and be exposed to further details on the day. These briefs, while an opportunity for government to gain input from industry, they are also an opportunity for a company to make it self known to the department as a potential provider, even when the actual procurement opportunity is in the distant future.

With the complexity that surrounds many government procurements, it is recommended that industry take advantage of these briefings knowing that a message is never as clear as when it’s heard face to face.

If you are after specific advice on this topic or any other opportunity listed below, feel free to contact us.

Closing Date1 Sep 17 advise of attendance
Industry Brief15 Sep 17
DepartmentDefence - DSRG
Closing DateN/A
Industry Brief4 Sep 17

Building & Construction

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) System18 Sep 17N/AAustralian Institute of Marine Science
Provision of Paint Finishing Services to Bronze Plaques18 Sep 17N/AVeterans’ Affairs
Kesterton Park Link18 Sep 1721 Aug 17, Platypus, NSW- MandatorySydney Harbour Federation Fund
Australian Defence Forces Academy Officers Mess Refurbishment, ACT20 Sep 1730 Aug 17, Duntroon, ACTDefence - DSRG
Campbell Barracks and Irwin Barracks Electrical Works – Package 1 WA20 Sep 1724 Aug 17, Perth, WADefence - DSRG
Design and Construction of 35 dwellings at Glenroy Victoria22 Sep 17N/ADefence Housing Australia
Design and Construction of 21 dwellings at Dundas NSW22 Sep 1731 Aug 17, Parramatta, NSW - MandatoryDefence Housing Australia


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Update on Next Generation Health Services ITR releaseNotice of delay in RFT releaseN/ADefence
Clinical Coding and Billing Audit Services4 Oct 17N/AVeterans’ Affairs
ADF Deployable Health Capability9 Nov 1726 Jul 17Defence

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Position Paper: Indicative Strategy for the Development of a Whole of Government Digital Records PlatformN/A4 Sep 17Finance
Provision of Fixed Voice Carriage Services15 Sep 17N/AASIC
Host Broadcasting Services18 Sep 1729 Aug 17, CanberraPrime Minister and Cabinet
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)22 Sep 17N/AAirservices Australia
ANAO ICT Services4 Oct 1730 Aug 17, CanberraAustralian National Audit Office
Commercial Satellite Services5 Oct 1721 Aug 17, CanberraDefence - DSRG


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Electronic Warfare Training System - NoticeNotice of RFT Release: mid Aug - late SepN/ADefence-CASG
AFOC Industry Brief1 Sep 17 - to notify attendance at IB15 Sep 17Defence-DSRG
Special Notice Call For Submissions: Army Innovation Day– Novel Weapons and Novel Effects 13 Sep 17N/ADefence-DSRG
Commercial Satellite Services5 Oct 1721 Aug 17, CanberraDefence-DSRG
ADF Deployable Health Capability9 Nov 1726 Jul 17 (location TBA)Defence-CASG
Defence Innovation Hub - Call for SubmissionsOngoingN/ADefence-DSRG

Professional Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Parliamentary Expenses Management System – EOI release15 Sep 17N/AFinance
Provision of Geotechnical Inspection and Advisory Services on Christmas Island18 Sep 17N/AInfrastructure and Regional Development
Establishment of a Panel of Program Reviewers and Evaluators18 Sep 17N/AHealth
SharePoint Specialist Business Analyst22 Sep 17N/ABureau of Meteorology
Defence Census 20196 Oct 17N/ADefence - DSRG

Specialist & Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Provision of foreign vessel caretaking and disposal services across Northern Australia15 Sep 17N/AAustralian Fisheries Management Authority
RFI - Office Facility for the Regional Investment Corporation in Orange15 Sep 17N/AAgriculture and Water Resources
Provision of Paint Finishing Services to Bronze Plaques18 Sep 17N/AVeteran Affairs
RFP - Leased Office Accommodation - Townsville21 Sep 17N/AAustralian Taxation Office
RFP - Leased Office Accommodation - North-West Melbourne21 Sep 17N/AAustralian Taxation Office
Delivery of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2020, 2022, and 202421 Sep 17N/AAustralian Council for the Arts
For the provision of café and functions management services at the Australian War Memorial29 Sep 178 Sep 17, ACT - MandatoryAustralian War Memorial

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