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Tenders and Requests for Proposals

[23 December 2014]




There are currently no open public tenders or Requests For Proposals (RFPs).




Coming soon…….


NAFC is currently planning a number of approaches to market for specialised fire and emergency aviation services. In early 2015 look out for:


1. Invitation to Tender for Aerial Firefighting Services 2015 onwards (ITT AFS 2015+)

This process will invite tenders from high quality organisations for the provision of a number of aerial services to support agencies involved in managing bushfires and other emergencies. Many of the aircraft services required will also support planned burning and other land and resource management activities. Most of the services offered will be provided by Type 2 and Type 3 helicopters and most will be based in Victoria. However tenders may be invited for a number of other services as well. Some of the helicopter services will require the delivery of specialist, precision tasks such as firebombing, rappelling and incendiary dropping.


2. Request For Proposals for strategic airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services for fire and emergency management 2015 onwards (RFP ISR 2015+)

This process will invite proposals from high quality organisations for the provision of specialised airborne remote sensing services, primarily for geo-location and mapping of fire and other emergency events. These services will be required to provide quality, geo-rectified imagery (actual or derived) of fires and other emergencies in near-real-time over relatively broad geographic areas. The services will require delivery of suitable imagery, data and metadata into fire and emergency agency information systems in near-real-time. As such, providers will require access to capable communications systems between the airborne platform and the ground. To provide the required productivity, and the required spatial and temporal flexibility, it is envisaged that the primary remote sensing platform for each service will be an IFR capable, crewed, conventional aircraft, although alternative approaches to delivery of the services may be considered, in particular to provide supplementary or reserve capacity.

A turnkey approach will be preferred, however existing remote sensing equipment currently owned by fire and emergency agencies may be available for loan to a suitable provider, who would in turn be required to operate, maintain and develop such equipment.




All public approaches to market by NAFC will be advertised on this page and in “The Australian” newspaper.

You can also subscribe to our tender notification service (see below). We suggest that you do not rely entirely on the NAFC tender notification service as notification emails can be treated as spam or junk mail by your internet service provider or email program.

Alternatively you may be able to set up your favourite internet search engine to keep checking for changes to this page. 

Please also note that from time to time NAFC may invite tenders from a limited group of potential suppliers. Although we will publicly advertise tenders whenever possible, there may be circumstances (such as urgency, for example) where a limited tender is the only practical approach. Where this occurs, initial communication with potential tenderers will be by email. Documents for these tenders will not normally be available on this website.



Please note that NAFC is moving all public procurement processes to a web-based electronic tendering system – the NAFC Electronic Tender Portal (NETP). You will need to register on the system in order to access full documentation and updates for advertised tenders and to submit a tender or proposal. Details of how to register are published in the “How to” guides that accompany each invitation.

Submitting a tender or proposal normally involves registering on the NETP, downloading template documents, completing these documents and then uploading them back to the NETP. Respondents will usually need access to Microsoft Word and Excel, running under Microsoft Windows, to complete a response.

If you are considering submitting a tender or proposal, make sure that you carefully examine the relevant “how to” guide, study exactly how the system works, and how to submit. Leave yourself enough time to register and get everything in before the closing date.

The electronic tender system offers significant benefits in the long run, but it is complex to implement and has some constraints imposed by third-party software, so we do kindly ask for your patience!


Notification Service

You can elect to be notified by email of Tenders or Requests for Proposals by subscribing to our tender notification service.  Please go to our “Subscribe” page (tab above) for instructions. 

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Future specfications

NAFC has developed a document that provides advice on planned future contract specifications. NAFC would welcome your feedback on contract specifications. The document is available in the Downloads section or you can go straight there by clicking here.

Please check back regularly as the document may be updated to reflect feedback received.



Past Tenders and RFPs

We normally post details of previous tender processes here for a period of time after they close, so that the information can still be viewed for reference purposes.



The Request For Proposals for Data Handling Services - RFP AFAMS 2014 is now closed


RFP AFAMS 2014 invited proposals for the provision of Data Handling Services to support AFAMS – the Australian Fire Aircraft Monitoring System for aircraft tracking, event logging and messaging.


In short, the Data Handling Services required covered the receiving, processing, storage and distribution of aircraft tracking and other data.


AFAMS provides overall functionality similar to systems often referred to as “AFF” or Automated Flight Following.


Proposals for RFP AFAMS 2014 closed on Thursday 25 September 2014.


The Request For Proposals documents remain available on the RFP AFAMS 2014 web page for reference purposes.



The Invitation to Tender for Aerial Firefighting Services for 2014 onwards ITT AFS 2014+ is now closed.


ITT AFS 2014+ invited tenders to supply a number of Type 4 fixed-wing firebombing services and a number of conventional fixed-wing air attack supervision / reconnaissance services. These services are intended to be based in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, Australia.


Tenders for ITT AFS 2014+ closed on 03 June 2014.


The tender documents remain available on the ITT AFS 2014+ web page for reference purposes.



The Invitation to Tender for Aerial Firefighting Services for 2013 onwards  ITT AFS 2013+  has closed.

ITT AFS 2013+ invited tenders for over 70 individual services encompassing:

o   Type 1 (High Volume) rotary wing firebombing services

o   Type 1, 2, and 3 rotary wing services

o   Type 4 fixed wing firebombing services, and

o    a number of other specialist aircraft services, including intelligence gathering.

ITT AFS 2013+ has now closed, however the tender documents remain available, for reference, on the ITT AFS 2013+ page of this website. Click here to go directly to the ITT AFS 2013+ page.



The Invitation to Tender for light fixed wing aircraft for bushfire reconnaissance for 2013 onwards  ITT FRS 2013+ has closed.

This Invitation to Tender was for the provision of the services of a small number of conventional light fixed wing aircraft for reconnaissance.

These aircraft are used primarily for observation of bushfires and other emergency incidents, and may also be used as a platform for activities such as directing ground forces and supervising tactical aircraft. At this time, Services are required in South Australia and New South Wales only.

ITT FRS 2013+ has now closed, however the tender documents remain available, for reference, on the ITT FRS 2013+ page of this website. Click here to go directly to the ITT FRS 2013+ page.



The Request for Proposals for the supply of Large Airtanker Services RFP LAS 2013 has closed.

RFP LAS 2013 invited proposals for the supply of Large fixed wing Airtanker Services to support bushfire control in Australia from 2013-14 and onwards (“RFP LAS 2013”).

For this RFP, a “Large Airtanker” is a fixed wing aircraft that can deliver at least 5000 litres of fire retardant to a bushfire.  Self-filling or scooping aircraft were included.

The RFP also required respondents to propose suitable supervision aircraft.

The RFP has now closed however the RFP documents remain available, for reference, on the RFP LAS 2013 page of this website. Click here to go directly to the RFP LAS 2013 page.