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Procurement of Health Services in Victorian Public Prisons
Issued By Department of Justice and Community Safety
Advanced Tender Notice
ATN 009/21-22
Estimated Advertising Date:
5 January 2022 09:00 am
Healthcare Services


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The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is proposing to release Health Services Request for Tender (RFT) for the procurement of primary health services for Victorian public prisons from July 2023.

The Victorian Public Prison Healthcare System will be comprised of 12 prisons, two annexures, one transitional centre, and a post-sentence residential treatment facility.

The scope of primary health services may include:

  • Assessments, care planning, and release planning
  • General health services
  • Primary mental health services
  • Dental services
  • Allied health services (including pharmaceuticals)
  • Population health services (including health promotion)
  • AOD Health Services
  • A focus on priority cohorts, e.g.: Aboriginal people, women, older people (50+), people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, dual diagnosis
  • Integration of services to achieve holistic person centred care with improved health outcomes.

It is estimated that the contract period, including options, may extend for up to 10 years commencing from 1 July 2023.

DJCS is looking for respondents to propose efficient and innovative delivery with multidisciplinary teams to provide service excellence and value. It is expected that RFT Respondents will have existing, or capability to develop and maintain, deep relationships with community health providers to meet the RFT requirements, including for meeting the needs of Aboriginal people in prison. RFT Respondents will be asked to address how they will be successful in building multidisciplinary teams across the system, including an Aboriginal health workforce (designated roles).

The proposed RFT is expected to be issued in the first week of January 2022.

This information is in addition to an Advanced Tender Notice published through on 5 Oct 2021.

The Health Services Review project (the project) would like to inform the market of the Registered Offerer process that will apply to this RFT. Becoming a Registered Offerer will be a mandatory requirement for prospective respondents to:

  • be considered for evaluation when submitting a tender
  • access the RFT briefing session, site visits and additional materials in the virtual data room

To become a Registered Offerer, a prospective respondent will be required to complete and submit a form, that will be part of the RFT documents suite.

The Registered Offerer form will request:

  • prospective Offerer’s registered name
  • prospective Offerer’s ABN/ACN
  • prospective Offerer’s authorised representative’s (Nominated Person, the primary contact) name, email and phone number
  • a high-level description (500 words) of the prospective Offerer’s interest and ability to respond to this RFT, including any relevant experience
  • A completed Deed of Confidentiality (Deed) and Conflict of Interest (COI) by the Nominated Person

When assessing a request to become a Registered Offerer, factors such as the prospective Offerer expertise in delivering the healthcare services in scope (location, scope coverage and depth), reliability, reputation, bona fide intention to submit a tender and probity concerns will be considered.

The project will endeavour to provide a response to a request to become a Registered Offerer within three business days.

Please note that the State reserves the right, in its absolute discretion to, accept or decline a request to become a Registered Offerer.

Once a request is approved, the project will communicate to the Registered Offerer’s Nominated Person how to register further employees (if any) for access/attendance to the events below:

  RFT activity / event access Anticipated Registered Offerer staff allocation Anticipated date


Virtual data room

Up to 5 staff

From registration to tender end of tender period (mid-March 2022)


RFT Briefing

Up to 5 staff

18 Jan 2022


Site visit

Only one staff for each site

From 31 Jan to early Feb 2022