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.

Get the tendering guide for help doing business with government.

Tendering guide PDF (356.3 KB)
Tendering guide DOCX (664.4 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

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: 16 December 2020

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