Inviting at least one quote from a Territory Enterprise for tier 1 and 2 procurement

Under the NTG procurement framework, tier 1 and 2 procurements are able to be conducted through a simplified quotation process, rather than through a public tender process. As a result, local businesses are often unaware of the opportunities that may be present at these levels. The Buy Local Plan addresses this by requiring that, for all tier 1 and 2 procurements, agencies invite at least one quote from a Territory Enterprise.

A Territory Enterprise is an enterprise operating in the Northern Territory, with a significant permanent presence in the NT and employing NT residents.

Whether or not an entity is a Territory Enterprise is not a one-time 'accreditation', but rather is considered by the NTG procurement team each time they go to market.

Four sectors in a donut chart: agency planning, tendering (highlighted), contract formation, contract management. Territory Enterprises must satisfy all three elements of the definition:

  • 'Operating in the Northern Territory' - the enterprise is currently engaged in productive activities (ie, production of goods or delivery of services) within the NT.
  • 'Significant permanent presence' - the enterprise maintains an office, manufacturing facilities or other permanent base within the NT.
  • 'Employing NT residents' - the enterprise employs Territorians. An enterprise which relies exclusively on transient, interstate / international labour or a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workforce will not satisfy this element.

Whether or not an entity is deemed a Territory Enterprise is for procurement purposes only directly relevant at the point of determining who receives an invitation to quote. Being a Territory Enterprise alone may allow a business to tender for work, but to successfully win work, the business must still put their best case forward in their response so as to demonstrate the value they offer. It is in business’ best interests to ensure they are registered with ICN-NT, their profile is thorough and up-to-date, and there is sufficient information contained in other public sources (for example, their website), to inform NTG and the broader market about the business and its capabilities.

Government also uses Territory Enterprise to track and monitor the level of work awarded to local businesses.