Government calls for submission for ASA Support Services Panel

Louis Dillon

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has announced it is seeking to establish a standing offer arrangement to be known as the Australian Space Agency Support Services Panel.

Government calls for submission for ASA Support Services Panel
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Selected through a tender process, the panel will be used to provide support to the Australian Space Agency for the following required capabilities:

  • Launch Facility Licence;
  • Launch Facility Licence
  • Australian Launch Permit and High Power Rocket Permit;
  • Return authorisation;
  • Risk management support services; and
  • Specialist support services.

The panel is estimated to remain in place for an initial three-year period from 2019, with no word if it will continue from 2022.

An industry briefing regarding the tender process is also set to be held in Adelaide, although details of that meeting are yet to be advised.

Submissions for the tender will close on 25 November, and include the following stipulations:

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  • The tenderer and any subcontractors proposed in the tender must not be named as not complying with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth);
  • The tenderer confirms that in dealing with its employees and independent contractors, the tenderer has due regard to Commonwealth policies on the engagement of workers, comply with Commonwealth policies on the engagement of workers, including the obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) and relevant work health and safety laws;
  • The tenderer and any subcontractors proposed in the tender are not insolvent, bankrupt, in liquidation, or under administration or receivership;
  • The tenderer agrees that a tender or request for quote (RFQ) response will remain valid and open for acceptance by the Department for a period of up to six months from the closing time. If the six-month period expires, the Department must re-approach the tenderer to ensure pricing and other elements of its tender are still valid. All correspondence between the tenderer and the Department must be received in writing; and
  • Please note: Completion of a Department-issued deed of confidentiality and a conflict of interest form by tenderers and subcontractors will be required as part of the panel arrangement’s deed of standing offer. Additional requirements for confidentiality may be required by both tenderers and subcontractors prior to receiving a request for quote or order from time to time. Contractors and subcontractors may also be required to sign a third-party non-disclosure agreement from time to time.

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