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- Understand the difference between a quote and a tender
- Find out where tenders and quotes are advertised
Quotes and tenders – what's the difference?
Quotes and tenders are written offers to supply a specified good or service.
As a general rule:
- Request for Quote is used for the purchase of goods and services that are lower in risk and complexity
- Request for Tender is used for the purchase of goods and services that are high complexity and or risk, and/or that can be strategic in nature. RFTs can be either open, meaning released to the public, or closed, meaning released to a restricted number of suppliers.
Where are tenders advertised?
Look at existing Victorian Government Requests For Tenders on the Tenders VIC website. Departments must use Tenders VIC to advertise their tenders; agencies may do so if appropriate. The Business Tenders section of the Herald Sun publishes tender notifications every Wednesday.
Other Victorian Government tender websites include:
- VicRoads tender and supply opportunities for future works and services
- Health Purchasing Victoria
- Construction Supplier Register (CSR)
- eServices register (for ICT professional services only).
AusTender has the current list of Australian federal government tenders.
Use these websites to look for local government tenders and contacts:
- TenderLink: Victorian council advertisements for local government opportunities
- TenderSearch: local government opportunities. Not widely used across Victoria; although local councils use it
- Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV): procurement opportunities for aggregated local government purchases
- Procurement Australia (PA): more procurement opportunities for aggregated local government purchases.