Watching out for Australian government agency tenders

Each day I receive an email update on new IT tenders from public sector organisations, and scan it to keep an eye on interesting IT projects. And I just read an update from the Australian Government’s IT blog (run jointly between by AGIMO and the Technology & Procurement Division)  which promises to make the information on public tenders more easily available through AusTender, the government’s centralised, web-based, procurement information system.

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From 1st July 2013, all government agencies are now only allowed to advertise their tenders etc (also known as ‘open approaches to market’) through the AusTender website. They are now forbidden from placing adverts in the media etc.

  In June this year, the Department of Finance and Deregulation issued a circular (information brief) to Australian Government agencies under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 informing them that from 1 July 2013 onwards, they can only use AusTender to advertise open approaches to market. Basically, agencies can no longer use other supplementary forms of media (such as print) to advertise a tender is being conducted.  

So if you want to keep an eye out for relevant tenders, then head over to AusTender to register for their mailing list, and to search their current database.

NB: This applies to Australian Government Agencies only – like DEEWR, ATO, DFID, Outback Stores, SBS  (see all 223 here)– and doesn’t stretch down into individual education organisations, either at state or local level. Which means that you’ll still need to look out elsewhere for tenders from universities, TAFEs and individual state education departments, through places like TenderLink