Guidelines for Suppliers

Shoalhaven City Council’s acquisition process aims to secure best value for money while encouraging competition within an appropriate risk management framework.

Our tender process complies with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

Tender applicants note

Before proceeding with your submission, read the tender document very carefully and familiarise yourself with the conditions of tendering, the conditions of contract and all specifications (or the requirements) before deciding whether you are suitable or not.

Tender applicants are reminded that canvassing or lobbying Councillors or Council staff, in relation to any aspect of the tender, will automatically disqualify the Tenderer from the tender process.

Environmental sustainability

Council is committed to achieving sustainability and ensuring we monitor and report on council activities and programs that have an impact or contribute to the environment including, but not limited to:

  • Waste management
  • Recycling
  • Energy management
  • Emission management
  • Water conservation
  • Green building design and
  • Acquisition/procurement

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Contractor work health &safety

Shoalhaven City Council is committed to work health and safety (WHS) and we recognise our duty to ensure the health and safety of all persons potentially impacted by our activities.

This duty extends to the activities of all contractors and subcontractors engaged by us.

We have developed and implemented a comprehensive safety management system, consistent with Australian Standards to provide a high standard of workplace health and safety.

We aim for zero harm and require all of our contractors and subcontractors to have in place safe systems of work at least equivalent to the safety standards in place within Council.

Failure to have an adequate safety system in place can make a quote or tender submission non-compliant, regardless of the quality of the rest of the submission.

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Social procurement

Council is committed to our community and business growth.

We aim to include social benefit into Council acquisition and procurement and purchase on a value for money basis.

Social procurement refers to the generation of social value through purchasing and procurement processes to provide opportunity to:

  • Develop a broad and more flexible supplier market
  • Create a level playing field for all suppliers and ensures the Council's supply market remains dynamic, diverse and more competitive in the long term
  • Improve competition in the supplier market
  • Provide for greater employment and training opportunities that can help to encourage residents to remain in the region and ensure their work readiness
  • Foster a new social economy that encourages local involvement
  • Provide for capacity building of local businesses for tendering and quoting practices and procedures

This ensures fairness and equity regarding social enterprises such as disadvantaged firms, social firms, Indigenous businesses, volunteer organisations and disability firms that will generate employment and deliver other positive local social impacts.

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