Tenders & Procurement

Douglas Shire Council (DSC), in establishing contracts for the carrying out of Works or Goods and Services, in accordance with Section 228 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, is required to accept the offer most advantageous to it, whilst also applying Council’s local business and industry criteria. In making this decision, Council must have regard to the five sound contracting principals set out in Section 104(3) of the Local Government Act 2009.

Vendor Panel

DSC uses VendorPanel Marketplace to find local suppliers, and to invite them to quote on work. All prospective contractors and suppliers must register via Vendor Panel.

Terms & Conditions

+ Policies & Procedures

DSC requires all suppliers and contractors to comply with relevant Terms & Conditions and Policies & Procedures.

Work, Health and Safety

All contractors, sub-contractors and their employees are required to complete the Douglas Shire Council Contractor Safety Induction prior to commencing work at any Council site.

More on Tender Process

Read more about the tender process including site briefings, evaluation of tenders, changes to tenders and next steps.

Current Tenders 

WO6368 Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant Ultraviolet Disinfection System Replacement Project

Current Projects/Capital Works

Published Details for Contracts 200k and above

In compliance with section 237 of the Local Government Regulation 2012, Council publishes a monthly listing of all contracts valued $200,000 and above excluding GST.  Information documented includes:

  • The person with whom Council has entered into the contract;
  • The purpose of the contract; and
  • The value of the contract.

These details are published monthly on Council’s website and made available on the noticeboard located in the customer service area of Council’s Administration Building.

Contracts valued at 200K or more

Vendor Panel Marketplace

DSC uses VendorPanel Marketplace to find local suppliers, and to invite them to quote on work. All prospective contractors and suppliers must register via Vendor Panel

Vendor Panel Marketplace is entirely free for suppliers and, once registered, your business profile will be visible to Douglas Shire Council buyers, and to others searching the Marketplace for suppliers in the area.

Watch this introductory video on how registering on Vendor Panel can assist your business.

Register here as a supplier to Douglas Shire Council

Terms & Conditions for prospective suppliers and contractors to DSC 

Procurement Process Conditions

The Procurement Process Conditions are the terms and conditions that are included as part of a Request for Tender or Request for Quotation, which set out the procedural rules that will govern a tender or procurement process, including the requirements for a compliant Tender and the evaluation criteria and process for evaluating, selecting and/or rejecting tenders received.

Standard Terms & Conditions

The Standard Terms and Conditions govern the purchase of goods and/or services by Douglas Shire Council. Council may incorporate these Standard Terms and Conditions for Goods and/or Services into a contract with a Supplier. However, the Standard Terms and Conditions for Goods and/or Services will not apply to any engagement for which Council has provided a written contract incorporating alternative terms and conditions to the Supplier.

DSC Policies & Procedures 

DSC requires suppliers to comply with relevant policies and procedures as detailed in the tender documentation, these may include:

Work Health and Safety Contractor Induction

All contractors, sub-contractors and their employees are required to complete the Douglas Shire Council Contractor Safety Induction prior to commencing work at any Council site.

This mandatory induction aims to ensure that contractors working on our sites are aware of Council’s WHS policy and procedures.

Contractors are to meet the requirements set by Work Health Safety Act 2011 and Work Health Safety Regulation 2011.

Although this is a ‘general induction’ only, a site specific induction, risk assessments and documented hazard identification may be required where applicable.

This handbook does not cover every safety situation and is provided as a guide to assist you in setting a standard for safe work and minimising risk.

All contractors are to ensure that WHS legislation compliance is met through their own Safety Management Systems.

Individuals are required to read the attached Induction handbook. Each individual is required to complete the last two pages of the handbook with details of the qualifications and return it to Douglas Shire Council at Customer Service at 64-66 Front St, Mossman or via email enquiries@douglas.qld.gov.au

Any question, please refer to your Council representative for more information.

1. Read the on-line induction handbook.
2. Complete the necessary pages at the back and sign.
3. Return these pages to Douglas Shire Council Mossman Administration or email: enquiries@douglas.qld.gov.au

Click here for the WHS Induction

More on the tender process

Tenders – legislative changes 2020

Please read the following information prior to submitting your Tender:
  • Evaluation of tenders

    Details of the evaluation process and criteria will be documented in the tender documentation. Once specified, the evaluation criteria and process must be followed.

    The tender documentation is generally constructed to enable offers to be submitted in two distinct and separate files:

    • Non-pricing schedules (containing information to evaluate gates 1 and 2)
    • Pricing schedules (containing the information to evaluate gate 3).

    DSC follows a three gate evaluation process for the evaluation of tenders.

    Gate 1: Mandatory criteria

    These are formed, in terms of minimum specified requirements, to allow the evaluation team to filter out those submissions that do not conform to the mandatory requirements. Non-conforming offers (which don’t meet the mandatory criteria requirements) will not be further evaluated by the evaluation team as part of the evaluation process.

    Gate 2: Scoring criteria

    These are set to allow the evaluation team to assign a relative score for each evaluated offer, for each criterion set. Each scoring criterion also has a percentage weighting allocated to it to represent its relative importance and worth in the selection process. Scoring criteria focus on evaluating and determining whether the particular suppliers have the required capability to provide the required services, goods, ICT or works for Douglas Shire Council. Only those offers that score sufficiently at this stage will move through to Gate 3.

    Gate 3: Value for money

    Only those submissions that move through from gate 2 will then be looked at in order to determine the best value pricing submissions received, including any negotiations.

    The Senior Procurement Officer may approve the utilisation of an alternate tender evaluation methodology for a specific procurement where it is considered advantageous to do so.

    Site briefings

    At the discretion of the Senior Procurement Officer, where it is believed to be advantageous to the success of the procurement initiative and included in the tender documentation, supplier briefings may be held as part of the tender process and will include all suppliers wishing to respond to a tender. The purpose of the supplier briefing is to present to potential suppliers information about the specifications, Response forms, conditions of tendering and conditions of contract and then provide the opportunity for attendees to ask further questions of clarification, which will be documented along with the responses and issued as an addendum, to the tender.

    Changes to tenders

    These will be done by way of on addendum. All addenda will be forwarded to all tenderers by way of the Vendor Panel. Where appropriate, the tender period may be extended when an addendum is issued at the discretion of the Senior Procurement Officer. All queries should be addressed only to the Contact Officer listed within the tender documentation.

    Action by Council after receiving tenders

    After the close of the tender date, DSC may without limitation of any other action open to it:

    Request Clarifications

    If so requested by DSC, the tenderer must submit by the date and time specified information in clarification regarding their tender submission. Failure to provide the requested information may result in the tender being deemed non-conforming and it will not be evaluated further.

    Request changes to tenders

    Section 228(7) of the Local Government Regulation provides that Council may invite all tenderers who submitted a tender to change their tenders where there is a change in the tender. This is during the period of the close of tender but before any tender is recommended for acceptance. Should the change have resulted in alternative suppliers submitting an offer, consideration will be given to withdrawing the tender and readvertising. The Local Government Regulation requires all changes to tenders under Section 228(7) be listed in Council’s Annual Report.

    Enter into post tender negotiations

    DSC may negotiate with suppliers after the close of tenders when it has expressly reserved the right in the conditions of the tender. All suppliers who proceed to gate 3 will be invited to enter into negotiations. The commencement of negotiations with one or more supplier is not an indication that a particular supplier’s response has been unsuccessful or successful. All negotiations will be handled with the utmost probity and the equality of opportunity for the suppliers in gate 3 will be maintained throughout the negotiations.