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Maritime Safety Authority creates new stream of infrastructure work

North Reef Lighthouse. (Image: Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is lighting the way for trades businesses to seize opportunities in its upcoming release of infrastructure works.

This new wave of government contract-based work is part of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) innovative new delivery model for the ongoing maintenance of a network of important aids to navigation – from heritage-listed lighthouses through to floating buoys and beacons around Australia.

Ahead of a formal release of multiple tenders in 2024, the AMSA is encouraging businesses to register for notifications about forthcoming tenders for infrastructure work on AusTender (category reference number 72100000).

Tenders will seek contractors for outage response and essential maintenance tasks delivered in regional zones and, separately, a centralised technical support and logistics function. The essential maintenance on the aids to navigation will include electrical work, general building and grounds maintenance.

AMSA acting executive director, Kevin McEvoy, said the new model would open opportunities for a broader range of Australian businesses to contribute to critical infrastructure projects in some of Australia’s most iconic locations.

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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (Image: Australian Maritime Safety Authority)
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. (Image: Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

McEvoy said the previous model consolidated ongoing maintenance tasks into a single contract with a national provider, with other work on the network such as upgrades being contracted to other specialist contractors — all underpinned by AMSA’s own in-house technical expertise.

“While a recent approach to market to continue with a single national contract for maintenance did not result in AMSA awarding a contract, it did provide us with an unexpected opportunity to re-evaluate, build and diversify our maintenance delivery model,” said McEvoy.

“Much has changed in the last 20 years and as custodians of parts of Australia’s aids to navigation network, it is our duty to ensure it is future-proofed for the next 20 years and beyond.

“For trades businesses, this is incredibly rewarding work which provides a chance to grow the skills and experience of their workforce.”

Business owners are encouraged to register for notifications on AusTender now.

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