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Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative

Procurement and Contracting

Business opportunities under the ASMTI are subject to the procurement and contracting processes of the Capital Facilities and Infrastructure (CFI) Branch, which is part of the Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group.

The information below outlines the minimum mandatory requirements required to tender with Defence, in accordance with CFI procurement and contracting processes.

If you are new to doing business with Defence, visit the Becoming Defence Ready webpage for resources to help build your understanding of Defence business, learn how to access Defence supply chains and find industry specific information and support programs.

Commonwealth Procurement Rules

The Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) represent the Government Policy Framework that Commonwealth agencies must follow when procuring goods and services.

Achieving value for money is the central theme of the CPRs, and to ensure value for money through a procurement, a range of financial and non-financial benefits are considered. This may include factors such as fitness for purpose, performance history, price, environmental sustainability, and the experience of potential suppliers.

For more information, visit the Commonwealth Procurement Rules webpage.

Government policies applicable to Commonwealth funded construction projects

A range of Government policies apply to projects delivered by the Commonwealth through CFI, including the Australian Building Code 2016 and Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme:

Building Code 2016

The Building Code 2016 (‘the Code’) sets out the requirements for all building contractors or building industry participants involved in Commonwealth funded construction projects. It applies to building contractors and industry participants who have tendered for, or expressed interest in, building work funded in whole, or in part, by the Commonwealth.

Once covered by the Code in this way, building contractors and participants must meet its requirements in relation to all future building work, regardless of whether it is Commonwealth funded.

The Code contains a range of requirements for businesses that have tendered for work to which the Code applies. The most significant of these are that the tenderer must:

  • comply with all building industry laws, such as the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and the Fair Work Act 2009;
  • comply with other relevant legislation including the Competition and Consumer Act 2010;
  • develop and submit a Workplace Relations Management Plan (WRMP) at time of tender;
  • not bargain for certain types of written agreements that, for example, cannot be certified, registered, lodged or otherwise approved under a designated building law;
  • ensure that any person engaged as either an employee or a contractor is lawfully entitled to be so engaged under Australian law;
  • ensure that no one is coerced to make over award payments to their employees; and
  • ensure that they have an appropriate Work Health Safety and Rehabilitation management system in place to proactively ensure compliance with the Code both within their own business and by any subcontractors.

For more information, visit the Australian Building and Construction Commission webpage.

Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme

The Australian Government is committed to improving work health and safety outcomes in the building and construction industry. It achieves this via the Australian Government Building and Construction Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme. This scheme applies when the building work under the contract has a value in excess of A$4 million. To be assessed for accreditation, a tenderer needs to submit an application addressing specific work health and safety criteria to the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.

For more information about the scheme, visit the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s website.

Defence Estate Quality Management System

The Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) is the platform for compliance and achievement of best practice in the development, management and sustainment of the Defence Estate and related services. Partners working on the Defence Estate are expected to comply with all policies and processes relating to conducting business on the estate.

A number of key policies, procedures, templates and business support tools are contained within DEQMS.

Use the links below for more information for prime contractors and subcontractors: