How to Submit a Tender

A Step by Step Guide for Service Providers and Contractors. 

Step-by-Step Guide

View Advertisement for Public/Open Tenders, Quotations and Expression of Interest (EOI)

  • All public/open tenders and EOIs are advertised in Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on Tuesdays.
  • Electronic advertisement can be viewed and downloaded from TenderLink.
  • TenderLink send an automatic notification via email when invitations to Tender, Quote or EOI have been made by Council.

Register to TenderLink

  • Go to TenderLink and register to become a Fairfield City Council supplier by clicking on the registration tab on the website if not previously registered.

Obtain a Copy of the Request for Tender, Quotation, Expression of Interest (EOI) document

Documents can be downloaded from TenderLink for free.

Familiarise yourself with the following:

  • All sections of the Request for Tender, Quotation or EOI document.
  • Council’s Conditions of Tendering requirement.
  • Tender Selection Criteria.
  • All Specifications and Conditions of the relevant Contract.
  • Confirm that you are able to provide the product/service in accordance with Council’s Terms and Conditions.

Understanding the Terms and Conditions of the Tender

You will need to ensure that you understand all the Terms and Conditions of the specific Tender, Quotation or EOI.

If you are unsure about Council's proposed contract, you should contact the Council’s nominated Officer in the relevant Request or arrange for a review by your legal representative.

Please note that you must have:

  • Australian Business Number (ABN), which needs to be included in your application.
  • You are registered with GST.

Completing Your Tender, Quotation or EOI Submission

All submissions should include all completed schedules and associated annexure and attachment from the Request for Tender, Quotation or EOI document.

Applicants should:

  • Answer each of the criteria.
  • Supply all related information.
  • Acknowledge all addendums and notifications.

Lodging Your Tender/ Quotation /EOI Submission

In accordance with instructions in the relevant Request for Tender, Quotation or EOI, Fairfield City Council only accept soft copy or electronic submissions. Emailed or faxed submissions will not be considered.

Important : Closing Time and Date

The closing time and date nominated in the Request for Tender, Quotation and EOI is the latest time by which Tender, Quotation or EOI applications must be lodged. Late submission may not be considered.

Save your organisation’s effort in making sure that your submission is compliant by answering the following questions:

  • Have I read the Tender/Quotation/EOI Terms and Conditions in full?
  • Have I read and understood the specifications?
  • Have I completed every schedule in the Request for Tender/Quotation/EOI document?
  • Have I attached the required supporting documentation?
  • Have I covered the selection criteria for Tender/Quotation/EOI?
  • Have I signed all relevant Tender/Quotation/EOI schedules?

Tender Period and Clarification

What happens after I lodge my submission?

  • Tender Period is open to receive submissions for a minimum of 21 days (period may vary for Quotations).
  • Council may issue clarifications relating to the Tender, Quotation or EOI to all those who respond to the invitation. This will be conducted via TenderLink Forum for full documentation of the process.
  • During the Tender Period, via TenderLink forum you may seek further information or clarification from the nominated Council Officer.  Response to your questions and clarifications will be conducted via TenderLink forum by the nominated officers.
  • Council may hold a Pre-Tender Meeting to provide further information and to respond to questions raised. The minutes of this meeting will be distributed to those who attend the meeting, or who have registered their interest in the Tender, Quotation or EOI with Council via TenderLink.
  • Amendments, addendums and any additional information will be communicated to all applicants via TenderLink.

Tender, Quotation or EOI Opening

Council’s Tender Opening Panel will open and list in alphabetical order all submissions received by the due date and time and will be published on the Council website.

Evaluation of Tender, Quotation or EOI

Every submission will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel.  All Council Request for Tender, Quotation or EOI include a section which relates to the criteria upon which responses and ultimate selections are to be scored. Applicants are advised to ensure that all information relating to the Tender/Quotation/EOI selection criteria is provided. Applicant’s responses to the selection criteria are scored and weighted. The highest total score will determine ultimate selection.

The Evaluation Panel will examine all submissions for statutory compliance, results of the reference calls, WHS and financial checks in accordance with the conditions of the request.

Post-Tender Interview (optional). The Evaluation Panel may invite you to a post-tender interview to demonstrate and seek further details of your capacity to carry out the required works/services.


Where required by the Local Government Act, a Tender Report will be prepared and considered by the Council in a confidential session. All Council resolutions will be published on the Council's website. In all circumstances you will be advised in writing that your submission was received and whether your submission was successful following the Council resolution.