A tender is a procurement opportunity where prospective respondents (called ‘Tenderers’) are invited to present a business proposition addressing the requirements published in approach documentation (request for tender specifications and associated attachments).
A Public procurement (public tender) is an approach to all potential tenderers in an open market.
It is offered via a Public Request for Tender using Gippsland PHN’s Tenderlink portal.
Registered users of the portal receive an automatic notification via email when a new Public tender is released.
Registration for the portal is free – go to this link and look for the ‘Registration’ option in the top menu bar.
A Limited procurement (limited tender) is a direct approach to one or more potential tenderers, conducted where there is a limited number of providers available to deliver the required service.
A Limited procurement opportunity is offered via a private Request for Tender sent to the targeted providers only.
Refers to Gippsland, Victoria, which consists of the six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Baw Baw, Latrobe, Wellington and East Gippsland.
Our procurements could be for one, some or all of these LGAs.
A specific and measurable activity designed to indicate progress towards an outcome.
Expected results from an activity.
Achievement of outcomes is a key step towards meeting our strategic objectives.
Health innovation focuses on the development of new and improved systems, models of care, delivery methods, products and technologies that improve patient health.
Individuals, a group of individuals, organisations or a political entity with a specific stake in the outcome of a decision to the impact of a policy, project or proposition.
Gippsland PHN stakeholders can be broadly grouped into professional stakeholders; including, but not limited to, public and private health care providers, including General Practitioners (GPs), allied health professionals, members, partners, and sector leaders; and Community, consumers and carers who are current or potential users of health services.
Individuals can be both a professional stakeholder and community member, consumer and carer.
A group of people united by physical, social or geographical factors such as age, gender, developmental level, culture, and health or disability status or by a shared perspective.
To affect or have an effect on.
To achieve our vision of ‘a measurably healthier Gippsland’, our activities are aimed at positively impacting the health of our communities.
The focus on probity is a critical component of our tendering process ensuring that procurement decisions are fair, transparent and defensible.
We do this by:
Our tender approach documentation may contain the following documents:
The Tender Specification contains the information that tenderers require to design their tender submission.
The Tender Application Form contains direct questions and requests for information that is specifically related to the tender evaluation criteria.
Generally presented as a Word document, tenderers need to complete the Tender Application Form in full and return it as part of their tender submission.
Rows can be added to tables if more space is required for providing a comprehensive answer.
Tenderers should ensure that any separate attachments are clearly labelled and referenced within the Tender Application Form.
The Sample Service Agreement represents the standard agreement template Gippsland PHN will issue to the successful provider after contract negotiations have occurred. This sample agreement includes a link to Gippsland PHN Standard Terms and Conditions.
Tenderers should read the Sample Service Agreement carefully and in the Tender Application Form, nominate any potential deviations or departures that their organisation might wish to discuss during pre-contract negotiations if their tender submission was successful.
Depending on the nature of the services sought, supporting documents may also be provided with the Request for Tender document package.
Supporting documents may give additional or background information on the subject matter, such as geographical maps, statistics, program logics or sample reports that the successful tenderer will be required to present during the delivery of the contract.
Gippsland PHN only accepts tender submissions lodged via its TenderLink portal.
Registering for the TenderLink portal is a simple process and is free of charge.
Click here and look for the ‘Registration’ option in the top menu bar.
If you have difficulty registering, contact TenderLink’s customer service centre on 1800 233 533 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Users registered with TenderLink also receive automated email notifications when a new tender is released.
Procurement opportunities are also advertised on our website. Click here to view our current, upcoming and recently awarded tenders.
The tender evaluation process is overseen by Gippsland PHN’s Tender Coordinator who provides procedural advice and ensures that probity is maintained at all times.
Tenders are evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts and consumers of the service selected both from within our organisation and from our key stakeholder groups.
All tenders are reviewed against the evaluation criteria stated in the Tender Specifications that form part of the approach documentation. A score out of 10 is allocated for each tender submission against the individual evaluation criteria and the associated weighting is then applied to that score.
The tender evaluation panel meets to discuss the tender submissions and comes to an agreed consensus score for each one. A preferred tenderer is agreed upon and a recommendation to award the contract is made to the Gippsland PHN Executive Team and Board of Directors.
Once the recommendation to award is approved, contract negotiations are entered into with the preferred tenderer/s.
After the contract negotiations are complete, all tenderers are then notified of the tender outcome. The tender outcome will also be published on our website
Unsuccessful tenderers will be invited to request a tender debrief, where feedback will be provided on the quality of the tender submission in relation to the evaluation criteria. Tender debrief sessions are held between representatives from the tendering organisation and representatives from Gippsland PHN on a one-to-one basis. Confidentiality is strictly maintained and commercial-in-confidence information of other tenderers is not discussed. A tenderer requesting a debrief will receive information pertaining to their submission only. This may include discussion of strengths and weaknesses of the response to each evaluation criterion along with what could have been done to achieve a higher score.
Gippsland PHN welcomes the opportunity to provide individual tender debrief sessions as we are committed to: