Get the good oil on government tenders

Government tenders, whilst often demanding to put together, are excellent feathers for your business to sport in its cap. Tenders are issued regularly by the government for all sorts of services across a wide range of industries, so make sure you know where to look for what’s currently available.

The first thing to do is to register your interest. It’s free, which is good news. All you need to do is create a profile and you’ll be automatically notified when tenders in your selected areas of interest come up. All key federal, state and local government websites operate such a service. For example, www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/business-and-industry/government-contracts-and-tenders is an excellent source of information. It’s here that you can register for AusTender, where you can download tender documents, hear about business opportunities, lodge tender submissions and more.

Businesses in NSW can find heaps of info relating to upcoming, current or closed tenders which are listed by the many NSW Government agencies that utilise www.tenders.nsw.gov.au. It’s handy that the site gives details of contracts in excess of $150K because it means there are opportunities for smaller businesses who may wish to investigate the possibilities for sub-contracting.

Up in Queensland, LG Tender Box operates on a similar basis. Those registered can also take part in tender forums, access a number of supplier guides and lots more. Visit www.lgtenderbox.com.au.

ICN is a private supplier of tender information. It has a long history in matching up project owners with the best locally sourced suppliers, helping them to break into new or expanding supply chains. Just like AusTender, you need to create a business profile. Go to www.icn.org.au to choose which level of subscription works best for you and be notified of opportunities accordingly.

Even if your business is not yet up to applying for government contracts, it’s still a useful exercise to familiarise yourself with how it all works. And knowing which businesses are winning contracts is helpful too, because it means you can measure your own operations against theirs. What can they offer that you don’t? What do you need to do to be more competitive?

Proof Communications are the experts when it comes to winning government tenders. We’ve got the expertise to cut through the seemingly endless amounts of information and give you clear direction about exactly what you need to do to get started. With our help and experience behind you, your bid stands the best possible chance of winning that all important contract. Contact us today to find out more!

If you would like help writing, editing or proofreading your tenders, proposals or business documents, head to the contact page or call Rosemary Gillespie direct on 02 8036 5532 or 0411 123 216.

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