The benefits of an electronic tendering system include that the University is able source goods and services from suppliers registered on TenderLink that are used by higher educational institutions and government bodies within Australia and New Zealand. It provides full accountability and probity through the entire tender process, from the release and closing of every tender, and is provided free of charge to the University community.
The Procurement Review Board requires the use of TenderLink for all tenders (except where an exemption has been granted by the Board) which includes quotations, request for proposal (RFP), request for tender (RFT) or any other form of procurement process where the expected cost is likely to exceed $100,000. Likewise the University community is encouraged to use TenderLink for smaller value purchases, request for information purposes or establishing preferred supplier lists.
Before a tender can be released it is important to check that all intended suppliers are registered on TenderLink. The Purchasing staff within the Division of Finance can provide details of the suppliers only registered through the CSU portal, but the supplier may well be registered through another organisation (eg. Newcastle University).
We would still encourage the supplier to register on our portal and staff are free to advise the supplier of the University's TenderLink portal: https://www.tenderlink.com/csu/
There is no charge for the supplier to register on the CSU portal, but they can opt to pay a subscription fee to have access to all open tenders released by TenderLink.
The University will not take responsibility for registering any supplier due to confidential information required by TenderLink. Suppliers are encouraged to register preferably with a generic email address in preference to individual email addresses due to personnel changes within many organisations over time. All questions by a supplier in relation to the registration process should be addressed to TenderLink in the first instance.
Questions in relation to the tender documentation and tender identification numbers should be addressed to the Purchasing Office on 34231 or 34066 or alternatively by email to firstname.lastname@example.org