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Tenders and Requests for Proposals

[25 September 2014]




There are currently no open public tenders or RFPs.



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.