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Water—projects tendering
(Question No 371)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 15 October 2009:

(1) In relation to the Major Water Security Projects, what tendering programs have been undertaken or will be undertaken in relation to the design, construction and management of the projects.

(2) If no tendering programs have been or will be undertaken, why not.

(3) If tendering programs have been or will be undertaken, what is the approximate value of each of those tendering programs.

(4) What tendering process will be used for each of those programs.

(5) What policy will be employed in relation to the procurement of products or services from local suppliers.

(6) If local suppliers will not have the opportunity to supply products or services, why not.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACTEW advises that ACTEW’s Water Security Major Projects are being delivered by the Bulk Water Alliance (BWA). The selection of the alliance partners was undertaken using a conventional project alliance model, based on a progressive engagement design-build, conducted as a two-step tender process. The selection of both the design and construction partners was undertaken through a publicly advertised Request for Proposals (RFP) in local and national newspapers in late November 2007. The RFP detailed submission requirements and selection criteria for the design partner and construction partners. RFP submissions were assessed against the RFP criteria. A probity adviser was engaged to ensure the selection process was fair to all bidders.

The BWA is responsible for the procurement of products and services needed to deliver the Water Security Major Projects. The Project Alliance Agreement (PAA), signed by each of the BWA partners, directed the preparation of a Procurement Management Plan which has been developed within the framework of the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry. The purpose of this plan is to ensure that the BWA procures the required consultant, subcontractor(s) and or supplier(s) in accordance with the target program, on budget, to the appropriate quality and occupational health and safety standards and within acceptable risk limits for the specific project. All tendering programs required to deliver the Water Security Major Projects, developed as the projects roll out following final approvals, will be undertaken within the scope of the plan.

(2) ACTEW advises that a tendering program is, and has been, undertaken by the BWA for the project.

(3) ACTEW advises that the value of BWA tendering programs will be recorded on the Procurement Register of ACTEW. This is commercial-in-confidence. Contracts are

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