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Engagement of Delivery Partners for the Entrepreneurs’ Programme
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
The Department is seeking to engage Delivery Partners to deliver expert business advisory and facilitation services to eligible businesses for the Entrepreneurs’ Programme (the Programme). The network of Delivery Partners must enable the Programme to reach eligible businesses Australia wide.
The Programme needs strong, collaborative and constructive partnerships with Delivery Partners who will use their knowledge, resources and networks to support a national approach to delivering expert business advisory and facilitation assistance within the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) ecosystem.
Delivery Partners will promote and build SME capabilities and encourage high value innovation to improve business growth, innovation and commercialisation outcomes. The Programme is seeking Delivery Partners who are innovative in their thinking, customer and partnership focused, collaborative, and committed to implementing and supporting the Programme service offering.
Delivery Partners will deliver expert business advisory and facilitation services for the Programme, ensuring services are delivered to eligible businesses Australia wide. These organisations must have the capability and capacity to:
• deliver expert business advisory and facilitation services to eligible businesses across all existing Programme elements through experienced and qualified specified personnel;
• utilising the Department’s internal service delivery tool, manage workflow, the effective allocation of specified personnel and workload balancing including determining the appropriate deployment of specialist skills to best meet the needs of individual businesses;
• promote the Programme’s services to eligible businesses through marketing, communication and business development activities to ensure adequate take up of services and demand for services is maintained;
• provide the Department with market and business intelligence relating to the Programme’s eligible businesses through a deep understanding of the issues impacting the state or region; and
• demonstrate a strong commitment to culture, collaboration, values and good Programme outcomes for businesses.
The delivery of the Programme is ‘private-sector delivered but Government-backed’ and is intended to instil confidence in the quality and independence of the advice for businesses entering the Programme, some of whom may be seeking advisory assistance for the first time, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse, or Indigenous backgrounds.
The Department strongly encourages tender applications from organisations with expert business advisory and facilitation services experience, as well as industry knowledge, interaction and linkages with eligible businesses as defined in the current Programme guidelines.
The Department’s intent is for Delivery Partners to comprise a national network and deliver consistent Programme services to eligible businesses across Australia. The Department expects to engage approximately ten Delivery Partners, reserving the right to vary this number in order to deliver against expected demand for services.
Tenderers are invited to attend an industry briefing. Expected timing is:
• Wednesday 9 October, 2019 (via webinar) 10am Canberra time
• Friday 11 October, 2019 (via webinar) 2pm Canberra time
Prospective tenderers should register to attend the briefing by emailing the Department Contact Officer at EPTender@industry.gov.au by 10:00hrs AEDST on Tuesday 8 October, 2019. The following details are required:
• prospective tenderer's name and contact details, including nominated email contact address; and
• full name of each representative that is nominated to attend (including any interpreter or other assistant).
The Department Contact Officer will contact prospective tenderers by email to confirm their registration.
Tenderers should note that the information provided at the briefing is provided in support of the Request for Tender, and this should be referred to as the final source of information.
Attendance at this briefing is not compulsory.
For tenderers who are unable to attend the industry briefing, a copy of any additional information provided at the briefing will be available on request and a full addendum will be published on AusTender.
1. Workplace Gender Equality
The tenderer and any subcontractors proposed in the tender must not be named as not complying with the WGE Act.
2. Black Economy
(a) The tenderer either:
(i) holds a Valid and Satisfactory Statement of Tax Record by the Closing Time of this RFT; or
(ii) has a receipt demonstrating that a Statement of Tax Record has been requested from the Australian Taxation Office by the Closing Time of this RFT and holds a Valid and Satisfactory Statement of Tax Record no later than four (4) business days from the Closing Time of this RFT; and
(b) the tenderer holds a Valid and Satisfactory Statement of Tax Record for any first tier subcontractor that it proposes, as part of its tender, to engage to deliver services with an estimated value of over $4 million (GST inclusive).
Services commencement date – 1 July, 2020