This search function allows you to locate tenders that match a set of criteria. When the search is initiated, it will return all tenders results that match all of the specified criteria. In other words, if a category and agency are specified, then the tender must meet both those criteria, as opposed to either of them.
The table below lists the various search criteria. In this table, the "Wildcard" column indicates the value that will cause the specific criterion to be ignored.
|Search Criterion||Wildcard||Possible Values||Behaviour|
|Keywords||Terms or phrases, optionally separated by "AND" or "OR" for complex searches||Performs a full text search on the tender title, description and category description, using the specified terms.|
|Tender State||Any||A specific tender state||Returns tenders in the specified state|
|Tender Type||Any||A specific type of tender||Returns tenders of the specified type|
|Category||Any||A top level category||Returns tenders with a category that is equal to the specified category, or is a descendent of the specified category|
|Issued by||Any||A tender issuing agency||Returns tenders issued by the specified agency|
|Partial Tender Code||[blank]||Any sequence of numbers or letters||Returns all tenders with a tender code that contains the specified character sequence|
|Opening date||A start date, and optional end date||Returns all tenders that open after the specified start and before the specified end date.|
|Closing date||[blank]||An end date, and optional start date||Returns all tenders that close before the specified end date, and after the specified start date.|
To perform a search, fill one or more of the search criteria and click Search for Tenders. After a short while, the search results page will appear with the tenders that meet the specified criteria.
When the search results are presented, they are grouped and ordered according to one of the following options:
- Ungrouped, ordered by closing date
- Grouped by Agency, then ordered by closing date
- Grouped by Category, then ordered by closing date