Lesson 3: Where to Search for Tenders

Registering for Tender Notification Sites 

Australian Government Tenders 

The federal government publishes all business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts on its centralised AusTender website. 

State and Territory Government Tenders 

All government agencies advertise tenders through their own websites. These sites essentially operate as separate marketplaces or tender portals. 

Council Websites 

Every council has a tender portal available which are at no charge 

I recommend signing up to your local Council tender sites, as being local is important. Pick the 3 or 4 around your business or home, and register for these. 

ICN Gateway 

The ICN Gateway is a government initiative to develop a networking platform to help businesses grow. There are different levels of subscriptions available including a free level, You can register here: https://gateway.icn.org.au/ 

Commercial tender websites 

In addition to the State and Territory Government websites, there are several tender notification and subscription companies that specialise in researching and identifying relevant government tender opportunities for your business.  

You can access these services through a monthly or annual subscription. The cost varies for each company.  

As part of your subscription, notifications of current or upcoming tenders are then sent to your nominated email address. 

In some cases these companies may also include dedicated support, templates and training during the development phase of your tender. 

Commonly used tender notification and subscription company websites include: 

TENDER TIP

This is not a definitive list. There may be other organisations providing this service.  

Take the time to research and decide if a notification and subscription service best suits your company and, if so, which one. 
A great and very cost-effective notification service is Australian Tenders. Dawtek partners with Australian Tenders. All subscribers receive a $100 discount to Dawtek products. 

ACTIVITY

Create an account for the Government website for your state, create an account and have a look around and view current market opportunities. 

Use the Tender Portal document to list all your accounts and access details.