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This Week’s Highlight: Industry input sought on Undersea Surveillance Systems

Last year, the Department of Defence released a document titled the Force Structure Plan 2020 in which it detailed the government’s intentions for new and adjusted capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). A key theme in this plan and those related to it is the requirement to continually adjust and adapt ADF capabilities in order to meet new and emerging threats, and to ensure the ADF remains a capable, agile and potent force.

As such several new procurement activities have emerged tackling similar problems but from different angles all seeking system of systems approaches, high technology solutions in autonomy and robotics and multi-discipline integration. Earlier this year we saw the release of SEA 1905 Phase 1 which focussed on Maritime Mine Countermeasures and Military Survey with an added focus on Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Looking at autonomy more broadly is the Autonomous Warrior exercise being carried out throughout 2021 and the Army Robotics Exposition held earlier this year. This week we look at the new Approach to Market Project SEA 5012 Phase 1: Integrated Undersea Surveillance System.

Being a nation surrounded by ocean, undersea surveillance is receiving greater priority and Defence seeks to see this capability advance over the next few decades in order to contribute to Australia’s maritime awareness and protection of sea lines of communication. This current Request for Information (RFI) aims to:

  • Provide Defence with the technical readiness levels of potential options
  • Seek information regarding Australian industry’s ability to design, manufacture, supply and sustain the sub-systems, systems and systems-of-systems which will constitute the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System
  • Understand approximate project cost and schedule assumptions.

The key areas Defence is seeking information from industry on are with regards to:

  • Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems;
  • Surveillance Systems
  • Sensor signal processing and analysis; and
  • Future systems and alternative technologies and concept

Note that while RFIs are not a guarantee of any future procurement, and that a response does not lead to shortlisting in the next round of procurement activity, a response does inform government of available capability which in turn shapes any potential procurement and can even at times lead to directed procurements (as opposed to open sources) where market response is limited. So it is always worth submitting a response if this is your area of expertise. This Request for Information closes on 24 September 2021

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Building, Construction and Civil Works

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch - Planned Upcoming Approaches to Market NoticeNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Industry Notice - Square Kilometre Array Infrastructure 6 (Construction Camp) Market SurveyNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Notice - Estate Works Program Defence Industry Update.NoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Industry Invitation to Collab XNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Defence Infrastructure Panel - 2022 - 2027 AusTender NoticeNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
HMAS Albatross Oasis Mess Refurbishment, NSW2 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Harman Building Works, ACT2 Jul 2116 Jun, HMAS Harman Gangway Board Room.Defence - DSRGRFT
Internal Building Refurbishment and Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Works at DSTG Fishermans Bend, VIC7 Jul 2123 June, teleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
Amberley 20 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Relocation Works, QLD9 Jul 2118 Jun, RAAF base AmberleyDefence - DSRGRFT
Port Hedland Channel Marker Project9 Jul 21N/AAustralian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT
Garden Island Defence Precinct (GIDP) Dock Offices Works, NSW11 Jul 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Port Wakefield Proof and Experimental Establishment (P&EE) Land 17 Infrastructure Work, SA12 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Holsworthy Barracks Training Facilities, NSW12 Jul 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Refurbishment Works for Mess Buildings at Puckapunyal Military Area, VIC13 Jul 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Garden Island Defence Precinct (GIDP) Maritime Structure Works, NSW14 Jul 21N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Project 230 - Moem Barracks Live-In Accommodation (Design and Construct)16 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
School of Armour Ablution Works at Puckapunyal Military Area, VIC16 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
DSTG Edinburgh Repair Maritime Test Tank, SA19 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Richmond Fencing Works, NSW19 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Lavarack Barracks Joint Logistics Unit (JLU) Building Works, QLD21 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
ITR – Design Services Contract (DSC-1) – General Ranges and Training Areas Redevelopments Project (Tranche 1)22 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGEOI
Woodside Building Works, SA22 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Request for Tender for Cahill’s Crossing Viewing Area Upgrade, Kakadu National Park - Construction22 Jul 21TBCDirector of National ParksRFT
East Sale Base Building Works, VIC23 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Stirling Royal Australian Navy School of Ship Survivability and Safety (RAN-SSSS) Water Treatment, WA23 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Edinburgh Defence Precinct Mid Term Refresh and Relocation of Units from Elizabeth North Training Depot Program of WorksExtended to 23 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Spectacle Island Building Refurbishment, NSW26 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Jervis Bay Range Facility Airfield Remediation Works, ACT26 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Building Works, Australian Defence College, ACT26 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Williamtown Fuel Safety Works, NSW27Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Richmond 176 Squadron (SQN) Works, NSW30 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Road Works, SA30 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
AZ6318-Invitation to Register Interest-Head Contract (HC-1 2021)(Design & Construct)–EST06796–Anglesea Paterson Project4 Aug 21TBCDefence - DSRGEOI
EST0400PH2/3 Armoured Fighting Vehicle Facilities Program Stage 1 WP3 Edinburgh - Head Contract - RFT30 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Advance Notice of Intended RFI(s)NoticeN/AAustralian Taxation OfficeNotice
The provision of an Enterprise Architecture Management System.7 Jul 21N/AServices AustraliaRFT
Benchmarking Services14 Jul 21N/ADigital Transformation AgencyRFT
Request for information - IT Strategic Sourcing15 Jul 21N/AAustralian Taxation OfficeRFI
Request for Information - Designing an Early Childhood Assistive Technology Approach27 Jul 21N/AServices AustraliaRFT
Corporate Solution30 Jul 215 Jul, OnlineDefence Housing AustraliaRFI
Retail Management Solution2 Aug 21TBC Australian War MemorialRFT
Standing offer for outsourcing digitisation services for photographic materials, aerial film and microforms2 Aug 2114 Jul 21, OnlineNational Archives of AustraliaRFT

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
SEA1408 Phase 3 - Torpedo Self Defence and Improved Anti-Submarine WarfareNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Land C4 Virtual Industry Forum NotificationNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Project SEA5012 Phase 1 – Integrated Undersea SurveillanceNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Cartridge 40mm White Star Para Illum M583A130 Jul 21TBCDepartment of Defence - CASGRFT
Project SEA5012 Phase 1 – Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems24 Sep 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
JP9102 Australian Defence Satellite Communication System25 Oct 21TBCDefence - CASGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Information - Designing an Early Childhood Assistive Technology Approach15 Jul 21N/AServices AustraliaRFT
Agent Services19 Jul 21N/AServices AustraliaRFT
Request for Information - Designing an Early Childhood Assistive Technology Approach27 Jul 21N/AServices AustraliaRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
New Employment Services Model 2022 Purchasing ArrangementsNoticeN/ADepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentNotice
Developing a high quality education program for the classifications used in admitted care28 Jul 21TBCIndependent Hospital Pricing AuthorityRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Managing Contractor for Repairs and Asset Maintenance Program9 Jul 2118 Jun, Building 28
Best Avenue, Mosman
Sydney Harbour Federation TrustRFT
RAAF Wagga Fire Safety Works, NSW9 Jul 21TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Control Systems Upgrade26 Jul 21TBCAustralian Institute of Marine ScienceEOI


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Phase 2 – Corporate Management Advisory Services for the Australian Government2 Jul 213 Jun Crowne Plaza, Perth
4 Jun Rydges Hotel, Adelaide
8 Jun Pullman Brisbane King George Square
9 Jun Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney
10 Jun Manning Clarke Theatre, Australian National University, Canberra
11 Jun, online, Melbourne
Department of FinanceRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Quality of Life National Technical Services2 Jul 21N/ACancer AustraliaRFT
Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for the provision of Independent Medical Examination (IME) Services5 Jul 21N/AComcareEOI
Emergency Medical Evacuation Services for Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands27 Jul 21TBCDepartment of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT
Provision of Marine Medical Services28 Jul 21TBCDepartment of Home AffairsRFT

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Consultation Paper: Transition to Work 2022–2027Notice8 Jun, onlineDepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentNotice
Provision of New Employment Services Model 202231 Jul 21N/ADepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentNotice

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Industry Update – Management Advisory Services for the Australian GovernmentNoticeTBCDepartment of FinanceNotice
Australia-Solomon Islands Partnership for Justice6 Jul 21TBCDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI
Information management – Review of Digitisation Project Deliverables7 Jul 21TBCAustralian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines AuthorityRFQ
Moon to Mars Supply Chain Facilitation for Australian Space Organisations8 Jul 2116 Jun, OnlineDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesRFT
Expression of Interest Application for the Consumer Challenge Panel9 Jul 21N/AAustralian Competition and Consumer CommissionEOI
Australia-Solomon Islands Partnership for Governance12 Jul 21NA Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI
Australia PNG Subnational Program (APSP)26 Jul 21TBCDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Production and distribution of a business podcast showcasing our clients success with AusIndustry’s support.9 Jul 21N/ADepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesRFT
Tonga Resource Platform13 Aug 218 Jul 21, OnlineDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
BRIGHT ADS-1 Goniometer8 Jul 21N/AAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Moon to Mars Supply Chain Facilitation for Australian Space Organisations8 Jul 2116 June, OnlineDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesRFT
Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Check Testing ServicesExtended to 12 Jul 21Department of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesRFT
BRIGHT XFM DMM15 Jul 21N/AAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Environmental Monitoring Services20 Jul 21N/AAirservices AustraliaRFT
Alert Rainfall and River Level Data Collection and Processing System29-Jul7 Jul, online Bureau of MeteorologyRFT
Closing the Economic Yield Gap for Grain Legumes in WA30-JulN/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
For the provision of Flood Warning Network Installation Services6-Aug8 Jul 21, OnlineBureau of MeteorologyRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Excess Audio Collection ItemsExtended to 16 Jul 21N/ANational Film and Sound Archive of AustraliaRFT
Expression of Interest - Leased Office Accommodation - Brisbane5-JulTBCAttorney-General’s DepartmentEOI
Cafe Operations and Strategic Events Partnership9-Jul6 Jun, NFSA Building Café National Film and Sound Archive of AustraliaRFT
Property Consultancy and Project Management Services Parramatta CBD Studio and Office Site Establishment9-JulTBCServices AustraliaRFP
Business Machinery for Industrial Elections and Ballots (IEB)12 JulN/AAustralian Electoral CommissionRFT
Provision of Civil Grave Maintenance Services for the Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG), Victoria.23 Jul 21N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
International Freight services16 Jul 21N/ARoyal Australian MintRFT
Search and Rescue Equipment Support Services22 Jul 21TBCAustralian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT
Emergency Medical Evacuation Services for Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands27 Jul 21TBCDepartment of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT

Multi-Use Lists

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Community Nursing Services Invitation30 Jun 21N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
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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