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Head Consultant Panel for TAFE NSW

Under the Smart and Skilled government reform, in the past decade TAFE NSW has had to compete with other training organisations for a share of the student market. Between 2012 and 2016, attendance at TAFE NSW campuses dropped by 83,000 students. As a result, TAFE NSW is looking to reduce cost inefficiencies and based on a 6-year Strategic Plan in 2016 become a contemporary, commercial and sustainable business. One of their key initiatives was to reinvest in fit-for-purpose and state-of-the-art facilities.

As a part of this, in early 2019, TAFE NSW brought together 130 campuses across the state, as part of its modernisation program – One TAFE NSW – to centralise the organisation.

The modernisation program is driven by a number of strategic goals, including increasing access to vocational training through Centres of Excellence, Connected Learning Centres, modern campuses, and workplaces supported by technology and state-of-the-art facilities.

With the Strategic Plan being finalised in 2022, TAFE are figuring out what their next step is in realising their vision for a modernised organisation. As such, TAFE NSW, under the guide of the Department of Education has released a tender to deliver architectural engineering services across its campuses in NSW.

Scope of Works

TAFE NSW is establishing a panel of suppliers to provide Head Design Consultant Services for an initial term of three years. Services include:

  • Assemble, manage and direct Sub Consultants, teams and resources to deliver the project design
  • Coordinate with any specialist consultants engaged directly by TAFE NSW or the Project Manager for the Project
  • Manage and coordinate any required site investigations
  • Manage the design and documentation of the Project
  • Apply approved project delivery methods, including co-operative contracting and the use of NSW Government standard form contracts (e.g. GC21 General Conditions of Contract)
  • Apply project management procedures including, but not limited to:
    • Risk management and procurement risk management
    • Capital and recurrent cost planning
    • Public communications, government liaison and public sector probity
    • Quality assurance procedures
    • Work, health and safety laws and management
    • Organisational change management


To be eligible to submit a tender, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Current Member of NSW Government Prequalification Scheme for Consultants in Construction (SCM1191) – Architectural Categories (200, 201, 202, 203, 204) or can demonstrate that an application has been submitted and awaiting assessment.
  2. Agreement to sign up to SAP Ariba at the business partner level and submit electronic invoices

A tender briefing is being held over Microsoft Teams on November 4 2021 at 3pm.

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