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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Page: 6731


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, in writing, on 16 June 2010:

(1)   In respect of the modification of HMAS Success, on what date did Defence issue:

(a)   an Invitation to Register, and how many registrations were received; and

(b)   the Request for Tender, and

(i)   on what date did applications close,

(ii)   how many companies responded, and of those, how many were going to undertake the work in Australia, and overseas, and where.

(2)   Has Defence produced a shortlist of companies that responded to the Request for Tender; if so, when; and which companies were shortlisted.

(3)   Which shortlisted companies were going to undertake the work

(a)   in Australia, and where; and

(b)   overseas, and where.

(4)   Is Defence still considering contracting an offshore ship repairer for the modification of HMAS Success.

(5)   What is the current status of the tendering process, and when is a final decision on the tender to modify HMAS Success going to be made.


Mr Combet (Minister for Defence Materiel and Science and Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   In respect of the modification of HMAS Success,

(a)   12 January 2009. Seven registrations were received.

(b)   7 December 2009.

(i)   29 March 2010.

(ii)   Three companies responded, one proposed to undertake the work in Australia, the remaining two proposed to undertake the work overseas. The location of those countries is Commercial-In-Confidence, and can not be disclosed.

(2)   Defence has not produced a shortlist of companies at this time.

(3)   No decision on short listing has been taken at this time.

(4)   All tenders are still under consideration, and accordingly I cannot provide further details of the companies or their bids.

(5)   The tenders are under consideration. It is expected that a decision will be made by late August.