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The Core and Cluster procurement process has been designed to take advantage of opportunities to commence service delivery to women and children, as soon as possible.

Construction of the new Core and Cluster refuges will commence in 2022 and will continue over four years, up to 2025-26. Delivery will occur over three tranches.

Each tranche of the procurement process will commence with an Expression of Interest (EOI) to identify proposals and providers for new or additional facilities (asset and/or service delivery).  A Request for Tender process will follow each EOI, consistent with the NSW Government Procurement Policy Framework.

A Probity Advisor has been engaged to ensure procurement is undertaken in an impartial and fair manner, with no party given advantage over another or unfairly discriminated against.

Information about procurement activity will be published on the NSW e-tendering site. Interested parties should monitor that site for the latest information.

Tranche 1

Tranche 1 has commenced and select requests for tender will be made soon.

Tranche 1 is aimed at ready to go projects that can be asset-delivered between July and December 2022 (with services to commence on completion of construction).

  • Expressions of Interest: opened 9 May 2022 and closed 30 June 2022
  • Request for Tender: open 29 July 2022 and close 5 September 2022 (indicative)

Tranche 2

Tranche 2 – projects suitable for implementation or further development from July 2023.

Tranche 3

Tranche 3 – projects suitable for implementation or further development from December 2023. An Expression of Interest is expected to open in early 2023.

Aboriginal procurement

Aboriginal women are at greater risk of DFV and homelessness.  The Core and Cluster program aims to improve access to culturally safe services and supports for Aboriginal women and children.

Specific funding will be provided for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations through a targeted procurement approach. This approach will assist with growing the number of Aboriginal-led programs and services for Aboriginal women and children to improve their wellbeing.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) opened on 25 July 2022, specifically for targeted procurement for Aboriginal-led Core and Cluster refuges. The EOI seeks to identify Aboriginal-led Core and Cluster projects suitable for implementation or further development, from July 2023. This EOI is open to registered Aboriginal organisations including Aboriginal Community Housing Providers and Local Aboriginal Land Councils or Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

The EOI is being run concurrently alongside the Tranche 2 EOI and closes on 26 August 2022.

Applications received through this EOI will be assessed by DCJ, with shortlisted applicants invited to participate in a Request for Tender process.

A second targeted procurement process for Aboriginal-led delivery will also be run concurrently with Tranche 3.

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2022