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Industry Capability Network (ICN)
The primary role of the Industry Capability Network (ICN) is to assist buyers, both government and non-government, to identify competitive local suppliers of goods and services.
The ICN also offers suppliers a range of services, including assisting with the preparation of tenders and advising on opportunities for new or increased production. A full list of services offered to suppliers is located at www.purchasing.tas.gov.au > Winning Government Business > Finding Business > How to Get Known.
The services offered by the ICN are both free and confidential.
The Treasurer's Instruction 1107 requires that Government agencies must consult with the ICN for all proposed purchases of goods and services valued at $100 000 or more in order to identify local capability.
It is also suggested that, before finalising the procurement documentation, ICN be consulted to review the capabilities and skills required by prospective suppliers to ensure that the requirement do not unnecessarily preclude Tasmanian businesses from bidding.
In order to provide the ICN with sufficient time to identify suitable local suppliers and review the specification, agencies must communicate with the ICN in a timely manner.
Note: The ICN will not simply provide a list of local businesses that are classified in a certain category. The ICN has a thorough knowledge of each business's capabilities, capacity, and performance. Because of this, the ICN will provide you with a list of suitable and competitive local providers that are capable of meeting your exact requirements.
Agencies should consider including a clause in all tender documentation, memoranda of understanding and agreements, encouraging suppliers to use the services of the ICN. Appropriate wording is provided in Clause 20.1 of the Request for Tender pro forma located on this website under Resources > Forms.
Government agencies are also required to contact the ICN at the project planning stage of all projects valued over $2 million, to consider the need for an Industry Participation Plan. For further information please refer to the Treasurer's Instructions 1119 (goods and services) and 1225 (building and construction/roads and bridges).
The ICN can also assist government buyers to:
The ICN address and contact numbers are as follows:
Industry Capability Network
Telephone: (03) 6233 5878
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