This Week in Government Tenders

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This Week in Government Tenders

This Week's Highlight - Don't Miss that Tender!

As we commence the run down toward the end of the year, the issue of government Approaches to Market will be minimal. However, it is important that in the rush of the silly season and the gradual warm up in the New Year, that you don’t get caught off guard and miss an opportunity. The following are a few tips to help ensure that you don’t miss that RFT deadline or the issue of an RFT all together.

1. Review Current tenders for suitability. Most tenders that will be issued this year have already been released. Their closing dates are within Jan/Feb/Mar 2019. So it is worth your while reviewing what is currently on the table and determining if any of these are opportunities are worth pursuing. With reduced staff numbers throughout January, you may find it difficult to round up adequate resources to prepare a tender response and may find a quick strategy workshop and bid outline prepared over the next week or two may come in handy.

2. Review Procurement Plans. Most government departments will publish a procurement plan that lists the upcoming procurements for the next year and beyond. While the dates published are subject to change (and they frequently do!) it still gives you an idea of what opportunities are coming up allowing you to start thinking through some strategies. For Commonwealth departments, Procurement Plans are published on Austender by agency and are usually updated each quarter.

3. Book in collaboration meetings. Many tenders, particularly in the Commonwealth space are of a large scope and frequently require primes with numerous sub contractors or specifically formed consortiums to bid. Establishing these partnerships and supply chains takes time and can be the undoing of an otherwise solid bid. So it is worth booking in these discussions now, for early in the new year. Have a think about companies you’ve crossed paths with, think “growing Australian capability”, and book in some meetings to discuss potential partnerships or joint bids that may be worth pursuing as a team.

4. Basic admin. Who currently gets your company’s RFT alerts? It’s a good time to make sure that the one person who receives these alerts is not going to be on extended leave. Check you have a back up. This also goes for your Austender log in and any other tendering portal log in. The last thing you want is to be ready to upload a tender in January only to realise you don’t have the log in details and you have only minutes remaining to tender closing time!

5. Seek assistance. Finally, if you are stuck for resource, Engineering Business will be back on line from the 8 January and will be available to assist with new year strategies, bid proposals, tendering workshops or just fill in a resource gap until you are fully up and running again. Contact us for general advice or to book in a meeting to discuss your tendering requirements for 2019.

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 BriefsDepartment
ANMM Cooling Tower Upgrade - Design & Construction Contract Mechanical and Building Works21 Jan 1911 Dec 18, MandatoryDefence - DSRG
Shoalwater Bay Training Area Building Works5 Feb 1911 Dec 18, Rockhampton QLDDefence - DSRG

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Enterprise Network Modernisation Program (ENMP)NoticeN/AAirservices Australia
Core Services and Networking Managed Services Agreement(s) Pre-release NoticeNoticeN/AEnvironment and Energy
COTS system for Work Health and Safety Compliance, Risk and Integrated GovernanceExtended to 4 Jan 18Previously heldAgriculture and Water Resources
Meeting and Document Collaboration Solution21 Jan 19N/AAirservices Australia
Request for Quotation Power and Data Distribution Systems8 Feb 18N/ADefence - CASG
RFI - ATO Digital Services Modernisation Program13 Feb 1813 Dec 18 via WebinarAustralian Taxation Office


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Pressure Hull Collapse Testing ProjectExtended to 18 Jan 1923 Oct 18, Fishermans Bend VICDefence-DSRG
Next Generation Technologies Fund - Small Business Innovation Research for Defence - Call for Applications - Nov 20181 Feb 19N/ADefence-DSRG
LAND 125 Phase 4 – Field Equipment6 Feb 1914 Nov 18, Melbourne VICDefence-CASG
LAND 400 PHASE 3 - Mounted Close Combat Capability1 Mar 195 Sep 18, Adelaide SADefence-CASG
Defence Innovation Hub - Call for SubmissionsOngoingN/ADefence-DSRG


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Provision of Asset Valuation for Insurance and Financial Reporting Purposes7 Jan 19N/AAirservices Australia



OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Roads for Development Phase 2 (Vanuatu)21 Jan 18From 3 Dec 18 - electronicForeign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Best practice spray efficiency and spray equipment setup discussion days16 Jan 19N/AGrains Research and Development Corporation


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Plain English Training4 Jan 19N/AHuman Services


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Pressure Hull Collapse Testing ProjectExtended to 18 Jan 1923 Oct 18, Fishermans Bend VICDefence - DSRG
RFP - Solar Water Heater - Technical Advisory2 Jan 19N/AClean Energy Regulator
Preventative Maintenance for Mechanical, Electrical and Laboratory Services for CSIRO’s ACT Sites9 Jan 19N/ACSIRO
Power Generation and Storage System16 Jan 19N/AGeoscience Australia
EOI - Solar Array at Harts Range Transmit Site, NT5 Feb 19N/ADefence - DSRG

MIscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Notice – Competition and Consumer Law PanelNoticeN/AAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission
Provision and Maintenance Services of Runway Viewing Camera System3 Jan 19N/AAirservices Australia
Provision of Natural Gas and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Services4 Jan 19N/AAirservices Australia
Diesel Generator Maintenance and Ad Hoc Repairs at Kakadu National Park10 Jan 19N/ADirector of National Parks
Long Term Commonwealth Lease18 Jan 19N/AHuman Services
ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Accelerator (ASCA)24 Jan 1910 Dec 18, Canberra ACTForeign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program
Edinburgh SA Air Show - VIP Catering31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Edinburgh SA Air Show - Audio31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Edinburgh SA Air Show - Shade & Furniture31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Edinburgh SA Air Show - Temporary Toilets and Associated Services31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
External Security Vetting Services1 Mar 1917 Dec 18, Russell ACTDefence - DSRG

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 subscribe 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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