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Northern Territory Auditor-General's Office, February 2023 Report to the Legislative Assembly



Northern Territory Auditor-General's Office, February 2023 Report to the Legislative Assembly

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Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2023 Report Page 99 of 131 Youth Justice Facility cont This financial commitment differed from the most recent quantity surveyor costing estimate. As a result, a scope reduction was sent to TFHC for consideration, to ensure the projected costs aligned with the funds committed. As DIPL did not receive a response from TFHC prior to the approval of the Tender documents, the tender proponents were required to quote on each component separately to enable the removal of components if the tendered prices exceeded the available funds. The RFT tender assessment criteria detailed 7 criteria to be used to ensure the best value for Territory, being: 1. Past performance 2. Timelines 3. Capacity 4. Local content 5. Innovation 6. Scope specific criteria 7. Price. This specific contract was assessed based on 5 of the 7 criteria with set allocated weightings, excluding the innovation and scope specific criteria. Three tender responses were received and were evaluated against 5 criteria. All proponents were invited to the negotiation stage of the tender process to discuss tender clarifications, possible cost savings and scope changes pre and post contract award. Review of the procurement documentation identified that the ultimate decision by the delegate was primarily influenced by a marginally lower tendered price and views about the strength of the Territorys construction industry. Local job participation The RTF, issued in March 2020, did not set any targets for local jobs or Aboriginal employment, however the tender required submission of an Indigenous Participation Plan with the successful tenderer required to lodge monthly Industry Participation Progress Report. The December 2021 Industry Participation Progress Report reported 234 employees on site during that month. To verify the accuracy of the information contained with the Industry Participation Progress Report, DIPLs Contractor Compliance Unit had conducted 4 compliance audits, which included a review against the Industry Participation Plan and Indigenous Development Plan, noting no unresolved compliance breaches.