Tenders Released to Boost Gold Standard Quarantine Facility

NT Government

14 November 2021

Tenders for three major contracts at the Howard Springs Centre for National Resilience will be released to ensure the Territory remains prepared to respond to the COVID-19 landscape into the future.

The new contracts will be for an initial six month period and are expected to commence early next year.

This includes facility management ($80m-$90m), catering services ($40m-$50m) and security services ($10m-$20m).

Three additional six month extension options will be built into the new contracts.

Procurement will be completed under a two stage process.

Stage one will include an expression of interest which will be publically advertised with responses reviewed by an assessment panel.

Shortlisted providers will be identified for stage two two which will involve a more comprehensive request for tender.

All contractors must hold relevant skills, qualifications and licencing appropriate employment requirements. They must demonstrate that they can provide services in a complex quarantine environment within stringent infection control parameters.

Quotes from Minister for National Resilience Natasha Fyles:

“The coronavirus has proven to be unpredictable and while the vaccine remains our strongest defence – not all arrivals into the Territory will be vaccinated and not all Australians around the world have had access to TGA approved vaccines.

“Upcoming changes to quarantine arrangements in the Northern Territory does not mean this pandemic is over and it does not mean that we should not plan for an uncertain future.

“The Centre for National Resilience will remain a vital national resource with the international repatriation program to continue for as long as it’s needed.

“The Territory Labor Government’s successful management of the Centre for National Resilience has kept Territorians safe and we will continue to uphold that gold standard.”

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