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Australian Army soldier Sapper Edwin Dos Santos (right), assists a local man level a pipe at a construction facility in NSW.

Defence is committed to maximising economic benefits for communities and opportunities for local industry in Central and North Queensland across the life of the ASMTI.

Local businesses will have opportunities to seek work across a range of areas under the ASMTI, including construction, logistics and technical support.

Opportunities during establishment of the training areas include training area design and construction of infrastructure and facilities. Early works activities include fencing, firebreaks and signage.

Once the training areas are operational, Defence anticipates there will be additional opportunities for local businesses in logistics, maintenance, administrative and transportation support.

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Central Queensland

Laing O’Rourke was announced as the Managing Contractor for construction works at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in September 2018.

As part of its Local Industry Capability Plan, Laing O’Rourke has committed to sourcing in the order of 80 per cent of the value of the sub-contracted works from the Central Queensland region, ensuring local businesses can take advantage of opportunities arising from the ASMTI.

Date Milestone
Mid-2019 Procurement for early works packages, including:
  • perimeter fencing,
  • site signage,
  • firebreak construction, and
  • civil works.
Late-2019 Early works commence.
2020 Procurement for major works.
Major works commence, which may include:
  • urban operations training facilities,
  • vehicle parking and washing facilities,
  • camps,
  • information and communication technology infrastructure,
  • field vehicle maintenance facilities,
  • field explosive ordnance storage,
  • waste management, and
  • medical facilities.

Please note: indicative timeframes.

For further information about construction works at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, contact Laing O’Rourke: ASMTI@laingorourke.com.au.

North Queensland

Defence will procure early works packages for North Queensland and a Managing Contractor for major works will be appointed in 2020.

An Invitation to Register Interest for the Managing Contractor Contract has been released on AusTender.

As part of its tender, the Managing Contractor will be required to include a Local Industry Capability Plan to demonstrate how they will maximise opportunities for local businesses.

For further details, visit the AusTender advertisement.

Date Milestone
Mid-2019 Procurement for early works packages focusing on safety and security.
Late-2019 Early works commence.
Late-2020 Managing Contractor for design and major works appointed.
Design consultant procurement commences.
2021 Planning and design phase.
2022 Major works anticipated to commence, which may include:
  • urban operations training facilities,
  • vehicle parking and washing facilities,
  • camps,
  • information and communication technology infrastructure,
  • field vehicle maintenance facilities,
  • field explosive ordnance storage,
  • airfield and parachute drop zones,
  • waste management, and
  • medical facilities.

Please note: indicative timeframes.

Capability Statements – North Queensland

There will be opportunities for local businesses to participate in the development of the new training area near Greenvale in North Queensland when early works commence later this year. Interested individuals and businesses are invited to submit their business skills and capabilities in the format of a Capability Statement.

Submitting a Capability Statement helps Defence gather accurate information about the local workforce and establishes a pool of interested individuals and businesses.

Defence, medium works contractors and the Managing Contractor will use the Capability Statements to support the participation of local businesses when compiling and implementing works packages.

The closing date and time for submission of Capability Statements for the new training area near Greenvale, North Queensland has been extended to 12 noon AEST 31 December 2022.

For further information, read the Capability Statement Frequently Asked Questions.

Legal disclaimer:

The intent of the Capability Statement is to enhance the opportunity for local industry participation. Local Interested Parties have the opportunity to complete a Capability Statement and express interest to the Facilities Project. The Facilities Project intends to provide the Capability Statements to Tenderers shortlisted in the planned Medium Works Contract Request for Tender and the Managing Contractor Contract Request for Tender to help enable them to inform their Local Industry Participation Plans. Capability Statements are not a representation that any Interested Persons who submits information will be engaged to carry out any works or services by the Commonwealth, successful Tenderer or any third party contractor. However they should help maximise the opportunity for local industry.

Step-by-step guide

Step 1 - Download the Capability Statement template.

Step 2 - Complete and email the template to ASMTI.GVTA.CapStat@aurecongroup.com.

Step 3 - You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt.

Step 4 - The Project intends to provide Capability Statements to Tenderers shortlisted for the planned Medium Works and Managing Contractor Requests for Tender.


Market Sounding of Early Works Contractors – North Queensland

Early works packages in North Queensland are anticipated to be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and may include survey, demolition, contamination and remediation works, fencing, minor track construction/repair works and relocation services between the values of A$50,000 and A$4 million. Indigenous companies are encouraged to apply.

Defence is using a new open-ended Market Sounding process, via AusTender, to seek information from contractors who may be interested in opportunities to undertake early works for the new training area, with works scheduled to begin in early 2020.

Visit AusTender to download a Market Sounding Information Response Form.

For further information, read the Market Sounding Frequently Asked Questions.

Next steps

Defence will continue to meet with local businesses in Central and North Queensland to provide updates and answer questions as planning and procurement progresses for early and major works.

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