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Local Ports – Port Phillip and Western Port Maintenance Dredging Tender
Issued By Parks Victoria
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Estimated Advertising Date:
10 June 2020 02:00 PM
Subsea dredging trenching and excavation services - (50%)
Dredging service - (50%)



  • Andrew Little

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Parks Victoria is responsible for maintenance dredging within the local ports of Port Phillip and Western Port, Victoria, Australia in its role as the local port manager under the Port Management Act 1995(Vic).

Parks Victoria is seeking to engage an appropriately qualified and experienced service provider to deliver the Maintenance Dredging Services at a number of key waterways, channels, creeks, rivers, harbours and jetties within the local ports of Port Phillip and Western Port for a 10-year period (2021-2030). Contract length is an initial fixed term of seven (7) years with an option to extend for a further term of three (3) years.

Maintenance dredging works occur regularly in busy waterways, such as the entrance to Mordialloc Creek, Queenscliff Cut and Patterson River. It is also undertaken to service facilities at Portarlington Harbour, St Leonards Harbour, St Kilda Harbour, San Remo Jetty, Werribee River Channel and Tankerton Jetty Channel every few years.

The program’s annual volumes range between 120,000m3 and 210,000m3 due to the different sedimentation cycles at each site, weather events and other local conditions. The project is suited to small dredging equipment such as a small Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) or a small Backhoe Dredger (BHD).

Parks Victoria is seeking responses from experienced operators who can provide dredging expertise that result in efficiencies, innovation and cost benefits over the course of the contract.  

Project Background

Since 2001, maintenance dredging of Parks Victoria’s assets has been undertaken in accordance with consent provided by Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) under the Coastal Management Act 1995 (Vic). 

The environmental requirements for dredging must comply with the Best Practice Environmental Management: Guidelines for Dredging (BPEMG) (EPA 2001) and the National Assessment Guidelines for Dredging - (NAGD) (Commonwealth of Australia 2009).

In 2017, Parks Victoria completed a review of its dredging works across Port Phillip and Western Port Bays and in 2018 received Coastal Management Act 1995 (Vic) consent to alter and update its designs and schedules within the current Dredging contract. Dredging operations are now managed in accordance with Parks Victoria’s Bays Maintenance Dredging Program - Long Term Environmental Management Plan 2018-2027 (LTEMP).

Timeline and Key Dates

The table below sets out a timetable of the key milestones for the Tender Process. The timetable is indicative only and may be subject to change as advised by the Principal.


Indicative Date

Release of RFT

10 th June 2020

Closing Time for Tenders

12th August 2020


The procurement activity will be a single stage Open Tender process with a Request for Tender period of nine (9) weeks.

Site Visit / Briefings

All sites listed in this RFT where dredging is to occur has public access. Tenderers are advised to make their own arrangements to visit each site and familiarise themselves with the area prior to submitting their response.

An industry briefing will be provided during the early stage of the Request for Tender period. Details of the briefing will be provided in the RFT, including remote access arrangements (if applicable). It is highly recommended that all Tenderers to attend either in person or remotely.

Certification Requirements

Suppliers will be required to provide all necessary vessel registration, licences, certifications, insurances and any other regulatory licences and certification required by law for owning and operating dredging vessels within Australia.

Management Systems

Suppliers will be required to provide evidence of management systems they use for Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety and Quality management.

Applicable Governmental Policies

The Victorian Government has introduced the “Victorian Social Procurement Framework”.  Tenderers will be required to submit a “Social Procurement Plan” detailing how they will work to deliver the objectives.

For more information, please refer to the Victorian Government website:

Local Jobs First Policy: Local Ports – Port Phillip and Western Port Maintenance Dredging program is considered a standard project under this policy. The supplier is required to submit a Local Industry Development Plan (LIDP) with their tender submission and lodged separately with ICN where it will be assessed. Parks Victoria is required to apply the Local Jobs First Policy during the tender evaluation, with focus on industry development and job outcomes. Please note that the Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG) does not apply to this project.

For more information and assistance, please refer to the Local Jobs First website:

Specification Documents 

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  • Procurer - Tender Closing Guide   
    • Version 1 (24/01/2020)
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