Southern Downs Regional Council streamlined its internal quotation process to utilise an online request for quotation (RFQ) portal where local suppliers will either form part of an established panel arrangement (through Local Buy Vendor Panel) or will self register their business through an online portal called Vendor Panel Marketplace.
Marketplace is an ‘open market' on line system that is free for Suppliers to register, receive notifications of and submit quotes for services or goods that they can offer. It is designed to provide Australian Small & Medium Enterprises (SME's) access to real business opportunities.
Vendor Panel is used by hundreds of government organisations, utilities, universities and corporations across Australia and manages hundreds of millions in quote based purchasing Southern Downs Regional Council’s goal is to help Council purchasing staff engage with local suppliers using a transparent and simple process.
This is an open (public) registration process and you need to be an Australian business with an ABN.
To register your business under the service or goods that you can provide on the Marketplace portal click on the following link:
If you have any questions concerning Marketplace please contact the SDRC Contracts Administrator.
To encourage local industry to tender for the provision of Councils requirements, Council will advertise tenders in local newspapers.
Southern Downs Regional Council has streamlined its tender process by providing an e-Tendering system that enables prospective suppliers to download tender documents online (see below).
Downloading Tender Documents
Council has implemented Local Buy's e-tendering solution, LG Tender Box. Local Buy is a commercial entity wholly owned by the Local Government association of Queensland (LGAQ), which provides procurement services to Local Governments throughout Queensland.
LG Tender Box is accessed via the website http://www.lgtenderbox.com.au/. This website provides an online interface for businesses and Queensland Councils. Businesses are able to view tender opportunities and download documents at no charge, and upload responses.
In order for a supplier to download documents they first need to register their company details on the website. As part of this process, suppliers are able to register their interest against various products and services categories and the region they operate in. This registration enables the supplier to be sent automatic notifications of any new tenders lodged against these categories from any of the participating councils.
The site provides a full audit trail of companies who have downloaded documents, and thus in the case of addendums needing to be issued, can be sent to all suppliers at once via email and loaded onto the website. A forum is available for potential suppliers to clarify any requirements of the tender, and remain anonymous, with responses being available to all who have downloaded the document.
As part of the service offered, Local Buy provide support to users of the site through downloadable user guides, a help desk number and email address. These details are:
LG Tender Box Help Desk: Free call 1800 779 027
In the event that suppliers are unable to access any part of the LG Tender Box website, ie: registering, downloading documentation, submitting proposals etc, they should contact either the LG Tender Box Help Desk or the SDRC Contracts Administrator.
If you have any questions concerning LG Tender Box please contact the SDRC Contracts Administrator.