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Thursday, 11 November 1976
Page: 2668

Mr Baume asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

(   1) Is tendering for Telecom Australia and Australia Post construction jobs open to all applicants or is it on a selective basis.

(2)   If the latter is the case (a) who determines the list of acceptable tenderers, (b) what criteria is used to select and exclude contractors from these lists and (c) does this mean that some Australian-owned contractors are being denied the opportunity to tender for these Australian Government projects.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:


(   1 ) It is normal procedure for public tenders to be invited in the Commonwealth Gazette and daily newspapers for building construction projects of Telecom Australia and Australia Post. However, in those situations involving large and/or complex projects having a critical time element, it may be necessary to consider calling tenders on a selective basis.

(2)   (a) Each authority uses the Department of Construction in a client/consultant relationship. Telecom Australia jointly compiles the list of tenderers with the Department of Construction. Australia Post normally permits the Department to compile the list of tenderers but reserves the right of mutual compilation if considered desirable.

(b)   In selection a panel of contractors consideration is given to the type, scale and location of projects and the contractor's past performance in executing contracts of a similar type within the required time. Account is also taken of the contractor's management, technical and financial capacity to successfully complete such a project. The tendering panel normally includes at least five contractors.

(c)   Provided that any firm can demonstrate that it meets the criteria set out in (b) it would not be denied the opportunity to tender.

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