Request for Quote: Impact to Biosecurity with Reduced Access to Public Lands

The AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program seeking services of an individual or organisation to address policy changes to maintain honey bee biosecurity required due to the reduction of access to native forest resources.

This Request for Quote closes 12 noon (AEST), Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

Background

The honey bee is the pre-eminent pollinator in Australia. If they are to maintain sound health, honey bees need access to the floral diversity found in healthy forests. Any negative impact on the amount of public land available to beekeepers will in turn have a negative impact on the ability of honey bees to provide pollination services to Australian broadacre crops and horticulture.

In 2008, a House of Representatives Inquiry concluded that a failure or even a part failure of the honey bee industry would put at risk billions of dollars’ worth of crops in Australia. In 2014, a Senate Inquiry reiterated these findings.

The 2019-20 bushfire crisis has severely compromised the viability of eastern state commercial beekeeping businesses and, in turn, their ability to provide pollination services to Australian broadacre crops and horticulture. The honey bee and pollination industries most affected were in NSW, SA (especially Kangaroo Island), QLD, and VIC. Western Australia and TAS also lost hives and essential floral resource.

The aim of this project is to provide AgriFutures Australia with an understanding of the honey bee biosecurity implications of a decrease in forest resources. Less forest resources will force management of honey bees into fewer areas increasing the risk of pest and disease spread between managed hives as well as feral populations. Research is required to understand what policy changes (e.g. inspection frequency) and/or technology (e.g. remote sensing) is needed to mitigate an industry biosecurity risk.

Individuals or organisations making a submission are required to understand the European honey bee industry and the impacts caused by the 2019/2020 bushfires on the east coast of Australia.

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the RD&E Plan prior to submitting an application to ensure submissions align with the priorities for the Program detailed in the AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Strategic RD&E Plan (2020-2025).

Timeline

Activity Date
RFQ – applications open 20 July 2022
End of period for questions or requests for information 24 August 2022
RFQ – applications close 12 noon (AEST), Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Intended completion date of evaluation of respondents responses 30 September 2022
Expected execution of contract or issue of agreement 17 October 2022
Date of commencement of Project 1 November 2022
Expected project completion date 15 February 2024

Submitting an application

Applications for this Request for Quote must be submitted online using the application in K2. Applicants are required to review the full Request for Quote documentation before submitting a response.

New users need to register for access to the K2 platform, please note the provision of login details may take up to two business days.

 

Users must create a K2 account before submitting a proposal. To set up a secure account before submitting a proposal, please visit the login page below to access our new user or new company request forms.

Usernames and passwords will only be issued while the applicant round is open.

 

If you require assistance, please contact helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au

Terms of Reference

AgriFutures Australia uses standard form contracts and agreements for projects and research procured by AgriFutures Australia (please refer to https://www.agrifutures.com.au/contracts-and-agreements/). These contracts and agreements set out the terms on which AgriFutures Australia will engage successful applicants to carry out the project. 

Applicants must be familiar with the contracts and agreements before submitting a response, and are advised to seek legal advice beforehand. 

These contracts and agreements have been developed to reflect AgriFutures Australia’s statutory and other procurement responsibilities. 

If you require any amendments to the standard agreement please complete the statement of non-compliance for each of the relevant clause. AgriFutures will then assess those requests. 

Applicants will be taken to have agreed to all clauses in the Research Agreement that are not referred to in a statement of non-compliance. The extent of any non-compliance will be a factor in AgriFutures Australia’s evaluation of the application. 

If you require further information regarding these contracts and agreements please, contact 

Erin Hulm, Manager, Legal Services via email erin.hulm@agrifutures.com.au. 

Contact

Questions and requests for information about the RFQ should be directed to the Coordinator, Research prior to 12 noon (AEST), Wednesday, 24 August 2022 (for questions relating to making a submission in K2, please email helpdesk@agrifutures.com.au).

The Coordinator, Research will take questions via email or phone. Individual responses to questions relating to the RFQ will not be provided by the Coordinator or Manager, Research. A response, along with the question, will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions section, below, within 24hours of receival.

Contact:

Kirsty Williams

Coordinator, Research

0437 811 347

kirsty.williams@agrifutures.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions