Tendering with government

Find out about the Northern Territory (NT) Government tendering process.

Learn more about preparing your tender documents and how to submit an offer.

Tendering guide

Get the tendering guide for help doing business with government.

Tendering guide PDF (356.3 KB)
Tendering guide DOCX (663.2 KB).

Value for Territory

The Value for Territory guide explains how government assesses tenders fairly and openly.

You should read this alongside the tendering guide.

Value for Territory assessment guide PDF (580.7 KB)
Value for Territory assessment guide DOCX (316.7 KB).

Procurement code

The code is an established set of minimum standards for the conduct of business in the NT.

It applies to all suppliers of goods, services, and works.

To tender and contract with government, you must comply with this code.

Northern Territory procurement code PDF (245.1 KB)
Northern Territory procurement code DOCX (648.5 KB).

Competitive tendering guidelines

When tendering for NT Government tenders, you must prepare a competitively neutral tender price if you're a:

  • government owned business
  • local, territory or state government agency or authority.

This increases the competitive neutrality within the tendering process.

Government entities will be assessed on the competitively neutral tender price.

Read more about competitive neutrality.

For information on the competitive tendering process, get the NT Government competitive tendering guidelines.

NT Government competitive tendering guidelines PDF (122.4 KB)
NT Government competitive tendering guidelines DOCX (59.5 KB).


When tendering, you must comply with the conditions of tendering or quoting.

These are mandatory requirements.

If you don't fully meet the requirements, your offer might not be considered.

You must review the conditions before you tender.

You may be able to ask for changes to the conditions of contract. Check your tender documents to see if this is allowed.

If you are awarded a contract, the conditions of contract apply.

These are legal documents. You or government can enforce them.

If you are unsure of what your conditions mean, contact the officer listed in your tender documents

Aboriginal business enterprises

If you are an Aboriginal business or Aboriginal community organisation, you will be able to update your Aboriginal business enterprise details in QTOL.

If you choose to register your details, quotation and tender documents will be pre-filled with this information when you download future tender documents.

You can check and update your status on the Quotations and Tender Online (QTOL) website.

To be an ABE, the business or community organisation must:

  • be 51% or more Aboriginal owned
  • operate as a business, including companies, incorporated associations, sole traders, partnerships, trusts and social enterprises or registered charities if they are operating as a business
  • demonstrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are involved in the daily operation and have effective control at least equal to the degree of ownership, and
  • be registered with a certifying authority.

Who can be a certifying authority

The following organisations have been approved by the Northern Territory Government as certifying authorities.

  • NT Indigenous Business Network (NT IBN)
  • Supply Nation
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).

Aboriginal procurement policy

An Aboriginal procurement policy and grants policy is being developed to support Aboriginal employment and business opportunities.

The policies will be available in 2022.

Local benefit commitments

In your tender response, you provided information on local benefit commitments.

These are now included in your contract.

You must meet these obligations for the life of the contract.

You will be monitored and reviewed to ensure they are met.


You can enter into a subcontracting arrangement where there is a:

  • head contractor
  • subcontractor.

Depending on the type of project, there can be more than one subcontractor.

You must resolve any issues between the head contractor and subcontractor. Issues can be:

  • liability
  • disputes
  • non-payment of invoices.

Joint venture

A joint venture is when two or more businesses or individuals agree to work together on a project.

They are usually in place for a single project, and finish once project is complete.

The parties may then choose to do any of the following:

  • become an incorporated joint venture and form a company, or
  • remain an unincorporated joint venture.

Both incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures can tender for work.

For more information about tendering as a joint venture:

Find out how to prepare your tender response.

Last updated: 24 December 2021

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