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Maintenance delivery on aids to navigation

Australia’s aids to navigation network has stood for over a century, evolving and expanding with the economic development of this country and in response to advances in technological innovation, and growth in maritime trade and activity.

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Media release - Government contracts open for lighthouse maintenance

Businesses specialising in construction, asset maintenance and logistics are strongly encouraged to consider tendering for work on AMSA’s aids to navigation network. These opportunities range from regional maintenance work with a streamlined scope and increased support, through to pivotal roles in technical support and logistics provision.

In total, AMSA released 9 tender packages on AusTender under the building and construction category (72100000). These tenders will support AMSA’s new regionalised service delivery model for maintenance on its aids to navigation network.

Category: Building construction and support and maintenance repair services (72100000)
ATM IDs: 24AMSA007, 24AMSA008, 24AMSA00924AMSA010, 24AMSA01124AMSA012, 24AMSA01324AMSA01424AMSA015

The regional maintenance contracts will offer an exciting opportunity for more Australian businesses to increase the skills and experience of their workforce and to work with Australia’s national agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime and aviation search and rescue.  

The regional maintenance contracts will have a shorter term. The scope of work is streamlined, focussing on essential maintenance and outage response only. AMSA will also provide the key assets and information required to deliver the services. 

The successful tenderer for the central technical support and logistics contract will provide a range of services to support the regional contractors. These services will include remote technical support, remote monitoring of AMSA’s AtoN network including radio AtoN such as racons and AMSA’s automatic identification system network, equipment repair, configuration and test facility, as well as logistics support for procurement, storage and shipping of AtoN equipment.

Interested businesses are strongly encouraged to view the tender packages on AusTender under the building and construction category, or contact our Procurement team directly for more information (contact details are listed on AusTender). 

AMSA will also offer an online industry briefing to learn more about the work packages and tender process.

AMSA has been the custodian of parts of this network for the last 33 years, safeguarding the lives of seafarers and our precious seas and coastlines in accordance with international obligations. 

Together with our state and territory partners, we have ensured the maintenance, modernisation, and growth of this network through our work. About 480 are directly managed by AMSA. These are located across Australia both on the mainland and offshore islands.  

Our management of these aids to navigation involves a significant number of specialist contractors, including for maintenance, communications and major refurbishments, underpinned by our own in-house expertise in contract management, engineering, information technology, and navigation.   

Maintenance is supported through technical expertise at AMSA and working closely with providers to ensure a resilient network.  

Much has changed in the last 20 years and as custodians of this network, it is our duty to ensure its future-proofed for the next 20 years, and beyond. For the past 20 years, we have had a single national contract in place for preventative maintenance and outage response. From mid-2024, we will have a suite of regional contracts in place instead.  

A regional approach 

The new regional approach for maintenance delivery is more diverse and opens opportunities for more Australian businesses to increase the skills and experience of their workforce through this incredibly rewarding work.

It divides the parts of the network that AMSA is responsible for into 8 distinct regions.

These reflect 8 distinct regions or groupings of aids to navigation around the country, although there may be some minor pragmatic variations around jurisdictional borders.

These regions will be as follows:

Region number Region name Responsibility
1 North Queensland (ETC1 area of operation)    Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance as well as outage response, the Contractor will have access to AMSA’s Emergency Towage Vessel (ETV) for accessing AtoN sites in the ETV area.  
2 Torres Strait MetOcean Undertaking maintenance required to ensure AMSA’s metocean sensors are operating and data is available for broadcast to mariners via VHF radio.  
3 South Queensland Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance and outage response. 
4 New South Wales Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance and outage response. 
5 Victoria and Tasmania   Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance and outage response.
6 South Australia Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance and outage response.  
7 Western Australia Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance and outage response.
8 Northern Territory Undertaking power system, AtoN and basic facilities maintenance and outage response. 

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Our commitment

The Australian public and maritime industry can rest assured AMSA will continue to provide a resilient network that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of our nation and supports industry.

Maritime safety underpins everything that we do here at AMSA – from our robust and internationally reputed ship inspection regime to our strategic oversight of vessel traffic services around the country, our world-leading under keel clearance management system in the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef, and our coordination of search and rescue. 

We are the lighthouse keepers, and more. And our watchkeeping over this network, the preservation of its rich heritage and critical role in maritime safety in Australia extends beyond today, well into the future of this country.

Last updated: 

Friday 23 February 2024