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Tenders and grants

We use tenders and grants to pay for some of the activities and services we deliver to you through others. We offer tenders to meet our own goals and grants to others to achieve mutual goals.

We monitor, regulate and evaluate individual tenders and grants, as well as the process we use to award them. We follow Commonwealth rules and guidelines to help us do this.


We buy goods and services from others through tenders. In a tender, we ask others to make an offer to provide a good or service. In their offer, they tell us exactly what they will provide, how they will provide it and how much it will cost. We then choose the best offer, following the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

Tenders make sure we get value for money for our purchase. The tender process helps us to:

  • encourage competition
  • use resources efficiently, effectively, ethically and economically
  • make clear, accountable decisions
  • monitor, regulate and evaluate the good or service we receive.

We publish all open tender opportunities on the Australian Government Electronic Tender System – AusTender. We also report all awarded contracts greater than $10,000 on AusTender.


We offer grants to individuals or organisations to complete a health, aged care or sport related project. These projects help us to improve the services you receive.

Our grants fund a huge variety of projects, from improving our rural services, to research, to improving work health and safety. Our GrantConnect website advertises all our current public grants.

To make sure we get value for money, we administer our grants in line with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.

Last updated: 
21 December 2017