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Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Inclusion of Diabetes Products on the National Diabetes Services Scheme Product Sched

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Contact Officer

P: 02


Department of Health
42140000 - Patient care and treatment products and supplies
Close Date & Time:
7-Nov-2017 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
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Request for Proposal

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The Department invites Proposals from suppliers who wish to have the following diabetes products listed on the National Diabetes Services Scheme Product Schedule:

  • blood glucose test strips;
  • syringes; and
  • urinary ketone test strips

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) enhances the capacity of over one million Australians with type 1, type 2, gestational and other diabetes to understand and manage their life with diabetes.  The NDSS aims to ensure people have timely, reliable and affordable access to the supplies and services they require to effectively self-manage their diabetes.

In the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) process, it was announced that the Australian Government will achieve further efficiencies through product sourcing and purchasing of selected products on the NDSS.  The Department of Health will be implementing this decision by conducting this RFP.

Through this RFP process, the Department is seeking a broad national approach to the supply of NDSS products and to deliver savings through bulk product sourcing and purchasing, while addressing needs of registrants and maintaining the integrity and sustainability of the NDSS.

Respondents will be required to supply:

  • diabetes products to Community Service Obligation Wholesalers for distribution to NDSS Access Points (community pharmacy) and other approved organisations, consistent with existing NDSS supply arrangements;
  • diabetes products that are registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) only;

  • diabetes product(s) that meet(s)/ exceed(s) the relevant International Standards (ISO) as referred to in the Statement of Requirement; and

  • other services as detailed in the Statement of Requirement.

The Department proposes to enter into a Deed with each successful Respondent for the inclusion of some or all of its products on the NDSS Product Schedule.

Respondents are not required to submit a Proposal to supply all product types listed in the Statement of Requirement, or to submit a Proposal for all product types currently listed on the NDSS Product Schedule.

Other Instructions:

The Department adheres strictly to Commonwealth policy on late proposals.  The Department recommends that Respondents lodge their Proposal well before the closing time to minimise the possibility of any unforeseen circumstances arising that may cause the Respondent to miss the closing time.

The Department will be holding an Industry Briefing to provide an overview of this RFP process on Monday 9 October 2017.  

Industry briefing registrations are required.  A maximum of two individuals per company can register to attend the briefing by providing the details below: 




Email address                  

Contact phone number 

Registrations for participation at the industry briefing session close 2:00pm ACT local time on Friday, 6 October 2017. 

Details of the Information Session are as follows:

Date: Monday, 9 October 2017

Venue: Scarborough House Theatrette

Ground Floor, Scarborough House

Department of Health

Atlantic Street

Woden Canberra  ACT 2606

Time: 10:30am to 12:00noon (sign in from 10:00am)


Conditions for Participation:


Subject to clause 12.2 of the RFP, if the Department considers that a Respondent does not satisfy all of the following Conditions for Participation, that Proposal will be excluded from further consideration under this RFP:

  • The Respondent must not have had any judicial decisions against it (excluding decisions under appeal) relating to employee entitlements and have not paid the claim.
  • The Respondent, its personnel, and any Subcontractors proposed in the Proposal must not, at the Closing Time, be listed as terrorists under section 15 of the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 (Cth).  

  • The Respondent (and any Subcontractor proposed in its Proposal) must not be named in the Consolidated list referred to in Regulation 40 the Charter of United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008 (Cth).


Timeframe for Delivery:

Services will commence on 1 July 2018 through to 30 June 2021, unless otherwise notified

Address for Lodgement:
Electronic: AusTender Website (

Contact Details

Contact Officer

P: 02