How to take government tenders
Finding and applying for government grants and tenders that will suit your business’ needs can be challenging and is often a long and tedious process. That is why Business Kitz have created this informative and practical guide to help you find available government grants and tenders, how to apply for grants and tenders and tips on improving your business’ tender application.
Where can I find government grants and tenders?
Each State Government has their own website where all available tenders are displayed. The main websites regarding tenders are:
- Australian Government – AusTenders
- Australian Capital Territory – Tenders ACT
- New South Wales – eTendering
- Northern Territory – Quotations and Tenders
- Queensland – QTenders
- South Australia – SA Tenders
- Tasmania – eTendering
- Victoria – Tenders VIC
- Western Australia – Tenders WA
Most of these websites allow you to register your business for tender notifications. You can do this by visiting the relevant website and registering your chosen email address to receive tender notifications. You can also choose which tender categories you receive notifications for.
How do I apply for a government grant or tender?
Below is an easy to follow, step-by-step process on responding to a tender.
Step 1: Fill out the standard tender response template
Fill out the standard tender response template document. The prescribed response template can be found on the relevant tender website. If there is no prescribed response template, you will need to create your own document. In this case, your document should include an introduction that states the purpose, rationale and central proposition of your bid. A helpful tender development guide can be found here.
You should ensure that you have provided all relevant business details in the tender response document. This may include:
- your business’ Australian Business Number (“ABN”)
- a company profile and capability statement
- whether your business plans to subcontract
- a breakdown of the price of all products and services that your business would deliver (and whether these prices are fixed or variable)
- a proposed timeline for product and service delivery dates
- any conditions affecting the cost of the products and services to be provided
- any insurance coverages
- a description of any variations proposed in meeting the conditions of the contract
Step 2: Cater your response to the selection criteria
Make sure that you provide specific examples of how your services will greatly benefit the government that you are submitting your tender to. You should clearly state your approach for meeting the needs and desires of the relevant government.
Step 3: Obtain relevant and reliable referees
You should obtain references from people who are familiar with your products and services. A good referee will cater their reference to the project you are tendering for. You must have the referee’s permission before you list them as a referee on your tender response.
Step 4: Proofread and submit your tender response
Check the spelling and grammar of your tender response document and ensure that all numerical values are correct. This makes sure that your document looks professional and well thought-out.
Tender responses can be submitted on the relevant tender website. It is crucial that you comply with any timelines or due dates.
How we can help
Business Kitz provides a Tender Kit which offers comprehensive and valuable guidance, tools and templates to help you to be as prepared as possible for all future tender submissions. These easy-to-use templates set out a clear and formal structure so that you can convey the skills and expertise of your business in a concise and informative manner. You can purchase the Business Kitz Tender Kit by emailing email@example.com or calling 1300 988 954.
It can take a laborious effort to apply for tenders, however, there are ways to streamline the process. Legal Kitz, our partner law firm, specialises in Australian business tender reviews. You can book a free consultation with one of Legal Kitz’s highly experienced solicitors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1300 988 954.
The above information has been collected from relevant government websites and is subject to change. For the latest information regarding new or amended legislation, please refer to state and federal government websites.