Public Interest Certificates

A Public Interest Certificate (PIC) is a document issued by the Secretary of Defence (or their delegate) in accordance with section 22 of the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018 (the JR Act).

A PIC will state that it is not in the public interest for a particular procurement process to be suspended while applications for injunctions are being considered, or complaints are being investigated, under the JR Act. 

The following PICs have been issued by the Department of Defence:

Procurement Date Issued Public Interest Certificate
Defence Maritime Support Services Program Request for Tender (MSD/RFT/7281/1) 22 July 2019 DMSSP Public Interest Certificate
Defence Fuel Transformation Program - Fuel Services Contract (DFTP-FSC) (FSB/DFS/2019/02-2)) 26 November 2019 JLC Public Interest Certificate
Building works at HMAS Stirling and Henderson, Western Australia. (ATM AZ6124) 10 December 2019 SEG Public Interest Certificate
National supply and distribution of ADF petroleum, oil and lubricant supplies. (FSB/SPPLY/2019/01) 19 December 2019 JLC Public Interest Certificate
Land Simulation Core 2.0 Tranche 1 - Request for Tender via an open approach to market for Common Simulation Software - RFT NMP-15164 9 July 2021 Army Public Interest Certificate
Fuel Services – Managing Contractor and Fuel Supply Contracts 16 July 2021 JLC Public Interest Certificate
Defence Innovation Science and Technology Standing Offer Panel (RFT 18147) 23 September 2021 DSTG Public Interest Certificate
Contractor Support for Integrated Land Target Systems (ILTS) (LSD/RFT/25058/1) 21 September 2022 CASG Public Interest Certificate
NMP22414 - Supply and Maintenance of Hand Held Devices 7 October 2022 CIOG Public Interest Certificate
Defence Work Health and Safety Management Information System (RFT 24144) 18 October 2022 DPG Public Interest Certificate
Base Services Transformation Program (RFP/SEG/BSTP/2022/01) 24 February 2023 SEG Public Interest Certificate
Future Air Mission Training System for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) (RASSD/RFT/15402/1) 16 May 2023 Air Force Public Interest Certificate
Base Services Transformation Program (RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/1A, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/1B, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/2A, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/2B, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/3A, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/3B, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/4A, RFP/SEG/BSTP/2023/4B and any other approach(es) to market conducted as part of the Base Services Transformation Program 19 September 2023 SEG Public Interest Certificate
External Security Vetting Services (ATM 36701) 22 September 2023 SEG Public Interest Certificate
ESTDEF01PH1 Sovereign Nuclear Powered Submarine Support Facilities and Infrastructure 27 November 2023 SEG Public Interest Certificate

RFT 29821-1 Joint Health Training Services Contract

18 March 2024

Army Public Interest Certificate

Methods of notification of the issue of a PIC

In addition to the table above, the issuance of a PIC will be notified to suppliers in the following manner:

Notification when using AusTender

Notification will depend on the stage of the Approach to Market (ATM) at which the PIC is issued.

  1. If the PIC is issued before the request documentation is released, a copy of the PIC will be provided with the ATM documentation.
  2. If the PIC is issued while the ATM is open, suppliers will be notified through an ATM addendum that a PIC has been issued. A copy of the PIC will be provided with the addendum.
  3. If the PIC is issued after the ATM has closed, potential suppliers that submitted a response will be notified and issued with a copy of the PIC.

Details of the PIC that has been issued will also be published on the Defence website.

Notification when not using AusTender

Where an ATM is not required to be published on AusTender (for example, a limited tender) the suppliers will be advised in the same way as the initial ATM that a PIC has been issued, and suppliers will be provided with a copy of the PIC as soon as practicable after the PIC has been issued.