NAFC ITT AFS 2014+ Invitation to Tender

[Page last updated: 03 June 2014 – Tender closing]

ITT AFS 2014+

ITT AFS 2014+ is now closed.
Tenders closed on Tuesday 03 June 2014. Tenders can longer be accepted.
Even though ITT AFS 2014+ is now closed, the tender documents for this ITT remain available for reference purposes (see Tender Document Download area below).

In ITT AFS 2014+ NAFC invited tenders for the provision of fixed-wing aircraft services to support bushfire fighting in Australia.

The Services that were available for Tender are described fully in the tender documents. They include:

  • Type 4 (Single-engine airtanker) fixed-wing firebombing services based in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland; and
  • Conventional fixed–wing aircraft services for air attack supervision and reconnaissance based in Victoria and Queensland.


Copies of the following tender documents remain available, for reference purposes, for download at the links on this page under the “Tender Document Download” area below:
(i) the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document; and
(ii) Appendix 1 to the ITT document, which is the Table of Services that were available for tender (for convenience this document is provided in PDF format; and
(iii) a Specimen Contract on which tenders were to be based; and
(iv) the “How to Respond to the Invitation to Tender AFS 2014+” guide.

Reference documents quoted in the ITT – such as NAFC Standards – are available at the general Information page of the NAFC website.


Further enquiries regarding the content of the Invitation to Tender and the Specimen Contract should be directed to NAFC via email to

For probity and fairness reasons NAFC is not able to deal with telephone enquiries regarding this tender.

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Tender Document Download

How to Respond to the Invitation to Tender AFS 2014+ guide
Invitation to tender ITT AFS 2014+
Specimen Contract ITT AFS 2014+
ITT Appendix 1 – Table of Services

Updates and Addenda to ITT AFS 2014+

[Section last updated: 23 May 2014]



Posted via the NAFC Electronic Tender Portal on 22nd May 2014

1. Please take note of the following issue:

It has been drawn to NAFC’s attention that one of the questions outlined in the Section 7b: Aircraft and Services – Narrative response form is duplicated. The duplicated question is as follows:

Aircraft Fuel Capacity
Clearly set-out the calculations used to determine the aircraft fuel capacities and loads provided in the Aircraft and Services Tender Form.

This question appears on pages 4 and 5 of the response form.

Tenderers only need to complete a response to this question once.


There are currently no other updates or addenda for ITT AFS 2014+, however the following points from previous tenders may be useful to tenderers:


Tender responses cannot be submitted after the closing time.
Please ensure that your organisation has completed the response and submitted as per the instructions in the ‘How to Respond to ITT AFS 2014+’ guide. We recommend that you finalise your submission well ahead of the closing time and allow time for contingencies in the submission process.


You may edit the various parts of your tender in the Portal at any time prior to the closing time. Once your tender response is complete you then finally “submit” the tender. After this final submission it is still possible to edit or update the tender response in the Portal, provided that any editing occurs before the closing time. If you do choose to amend your tender response after it has been finally “submitted”, you must ensure that the amended response goes through the final submission process again. More detail is provided in the instructions in the ‘How to Respond to ITT AFS 2014+’ guide,


A single Tender response should be lodged for any single or multiple services.

As per Tender Response Parameters in Part A of the ITT document:
“Tenderers may tender for one or more of the individual Services listed in Appendix 1. The single tender response should include all of the Services being tendered and all of the options tendered for each Service. Only one tender response is permitted for each supplier.”

Tenderers should check that they are only completing one response including all the information as shown in the ‘How to Respond…’ guide and noting the terms of participation detailed in the ITT document. Multiple tenders from the same organisation may be set aside.


During tender processes NAFC has at times received enquiries whereby a potential Tenderer is effectively asking for confirmation that their proposed approach will meet the requirements of particular section of the Invitation to Tender or clauses of the Specimen Contract. Generally it is not appropriate for NAFC to provide further information regarding potential compliance with individual sections of the Invitation to Tender or clauses of the Specimen Contract. The tender process provides an opportunity for all potential suppliers to demonstrate their individual approach to achieving or exceeding compliance with the various requirements – and in particular to demonstrate, where appropriate, their understanding of the requirements of the Contract, and their responsiveness and capacity for innovation.