Capability News

As Australia recovers from the business uncertainty of 2020, it’s pleasing to bring you news of major projects and opportunities for local suppliers across the country.

Things are really heating up with the BAE Systems Hunter Class Frigate project. ICN has worked very closely with BAE since the tender phase and the rewards are paying off. More than 1400 local businesses have registered interest in the project, and nearly 100 work packages have been released via Gateway, with many more to come.

Staying with Defence, the Land 400 Phase 3 which ICN has supported nationally to date with the meet the bidder buyer sessions, has progressed to test evaluation stage. Both Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defence have each delivered three prototype vehicles, for risk mitigation testing and evaluation activities. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds has indicated that this rigorous testing will allow Government to make an informed decision in 2022.

Moving to renewable energy, we also feature some exciting opportunities in solar energy throughout NSW, as several solar farms are in development or approval stages. Our NSW ICN consultants have been traveling the state to present at industry briefings and gauge local capability.

Our NSW office has also been helping indigenous-owned companies tap into projects such as the Coffs Harbour Bypass.

In Qld, ICN has been working closely with John Holland to identify local suppliers for the Logan Hospital Expansion project; and with the Queensland Government to source local suppliers for the $653 million expansion of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct.

In another exciting project, ICN QLD are working with the joint venture (CBGU, D&C JV) on the Cross River Rail Project where over 30 packages have been advertised on the ICN Gateway. With major construction expected to be completed in late 2024, Cross River Rail will unlock the bottleneck at the core of Brisbane's transport network, allowing more trains to run more often and integrating with new roads and bus services allowing future network growth in the region.

Over in the West, ICNWA is working with East Rockingham Acciona Joint Venture to source local suppliers for an innovative waste-to-energy project that will power 36,000 homes. Waste-to-energy plants use household and commercial waste to generate steam and electricity.

Meanwhile, the WA Government’s multibillion-dollar Metronet rollout is gaining momentum, and ICN WA has been working with them to brief industry and source local suppliers.

Up in the Northern Territory, there is a great opportunity to be part of a major infrastructure project to support the United States Forces Posture Initiative (USFPI).

Finally, the new Victorian CEO has been out and about in her high-vis vest. With Victoria once again enjoying a Covid-Normal lifestyle Diane has spent as much time as possible on site visits.

And remember, ICN is here to help you showcase your capabilities and stand out from the crowd. Watch our video to learn how to create a professionally designed capability statement.


Mike Swart

Chair, ICN Executive Directors