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External Security Vetting Services
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The Commonwealth requires the services of suitably qualified Contractors to provide the required capability and capacity to process personnel security clearance applications and related security services that meet the required standards, maintain the integrity of the vetting process and are delivered within the required timeframes.
In accordance with clause 3.3.1 of the Conditions of Tender;
The Commonwealth will exclude a tender from further consideration if the Commonwealth considers that the tenderer does not satisfy any of the Conditions for Participation specified in the Tender Details Schedule.
Clause 2.4 Preparation and Transmission of Classified Tenders:
2.4.1 Classified information in tenders is to be avoided where possible. If this cannot be achieved, tenders containing classified information are to be prepared and transmitted as follows:
a.for Australian tenders, in accordance with Principle 71 of the DSPF; and
b.for overseas tenders, in accordance with the applicable industry security information system regulations issued by the appropriate government security authority in their country. If transmission involves transmission by diplomatic bag, the overseas tenderer must use the diplomatic bag of its own government.
2.4.2 If only part of a tender contains classified information, that part may be segregated from the remainder of the tender for separate transmission. However, both parts of the tender are subject to the Closing Time specified in the Tender Details Schedule. Care should therefore be taken to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for tenders to be received by the Closing Time when secure means of transmission are used.
Clause 2.5 Defence Security Requirements:
2.5.1 On request by the Commonwealth, the tenderer is to comply with the Commonwealth security clearance processes as detailed in Principles 23, 40, 72 and 73 of the DSPF, including obtaining the level of security clearance and accreditations required by the Commonwealth.
An initial contract term of 3 years with two options to extend for up to 12 months each