All public authorities are required to use the SA Tenders and Contracts website to advertise their tenders. This website provides a consolidated listing of South Australian Government tendering and bidding opportunities on one convenient website.
Suppliers can register as users of the SA Tenders and Contracts website, which is free of charge and once registered can:
- elect to receive automatic e-mail notifications of procurement opportunities relevant to their business as they are advertised;
- download tender documentation electronically via the Internet; and
The site also offers secure electronic lodgement of responses to certain tenders.
The tenders are first listed under the relevant UNSPSC Category and then by the date the tender closes.
Click here and view the current list of advertised opportunities and to register as a user.
The Future Tenders section of the SA Tenders and Contracts website is designed to provide the supply market with advance notice of future procurement opportunities, prior to a formal market approach. Industry briefings for certain procurements may also be published here.
Certain contracts that meet specific criteria are published pursuant to the Government's Contract Disclosure Policy. For further details about this policy, go to the Premier and Cabinet website and refer to PC027 Disclosure of Government Contracts.
Perusing these contracts can provide an indication of the types of contracts currently in place and the types of goods and services required by different public authorities to meet their business needs.
Market Approach Methods
The procurement methods utilised and type of arrangements established for different goods and services depend upon:
- applicable policies;
- the public authority’s objectives;
- the nature of the goods/services;
- when the requirement is needed; and
- the complexity of the procurement, including its strategic importance, market, scope of goods/services and associated risks.
Government officers responsible for procurement are required to determine the most appropriate procurement method for the requirement, which should, wherever practicable:
- provide for open and effective competition;
- seek to achieve maximum value for money.
The following information is provided as a guide only, as the requirements for and use of these methods will vary within and between public authorities.
The methods of approaching the market may include:
- Verbal Quote
- Request for Information (RFI)
- Expression of Interest (EOI)
- Request for Quote (RFQ)
- Invitation to Supply (ITS)