Request for Quote: Impacts of Hazard Reduction Burns on Honey Bees – What do we Know and Where to Next? 

The AgriFutures Australia Honey Bee & Pollination Program is seeking services of an individual or organisation to undertake an assessment of hazard reduction burns and how these may affect honey bees, and provide a literature review of these impacts. A review of the available scientific studies will arm the industry with consolidated, evidence-based information to inform the industry’s position on hazard reduction burns.

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

Background

The honey bee industry plays a pivotal role in Australian agriculture. The industry is responsible for honey production, and paid pollination services that benefits other agricultural industries. Research by AgriFutures Australia shows the honey bee industry comprises of approximately 1,800 commercial beekeepers who produce 30,000 tonnes of honey each year, and provide an overwhelming majority of the 530,000 hives used for paid pollination services. Access to native floral resources on private and public lands for commercial beekeepers is essential for honey production and building hive strength for provision of pollination services. However, hazard reduction burns of floral resources pose a threat to hives, the ability of floral resources to support hives, and utilisation of floral resources to produce honey.  

This project will provide AgriFutures Australia with a detailed literature review of scientific studies conducted on the intensity and frequency of hazard reduction burns, and its impact on floral resources. This will include a review of these effects on honey bees, honey production and provision of pollination services. Extrapolation would be considered appropriate, if required, but must maintain scientific rigour. Knowledge gaps identified by the literature review may be considered to prioritise future research direction.   

Applicants may consider the need for a consortium approach to address all aspects of the project and 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).

Submitting a Response

Applications for this Request for Quote must be submitted online using the application in K2.

Respondent’s will be expected to provide:

  • A detailed project plan – including timelines, how the project will be conducted and how this will meet the requirements of the RFT. Addressing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timebound) milestones aligned to the deliverables of the project.
  • A detailed budget – attachments may be included.
  • Examples of similar work the respondent has completed.
  • Capability and relevant experience.

The resultant Contract is expected to commence on 1 November 2022

It is expected that a contract will be awarded based on how well a respondent addresses the objectives of the open tender. Selection will be based on the evaluation criteria. A detailed response will be beneficial. There is the opportunity to include additional attachments if necessary with your application in K2.

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

Question: For the project title, do you want it to be the same as the RFQ title, or something different?

Answer: This is up to the respondent to decide.

Question: For milestones, as this is a literature review, would it be more like commencement, reviewing, writing, finalisation of the report, other deliverables?

Answer: Please consider the aspects of the proposed project as well as the literature review when forming the milestones. However, these milestones may be considered appropriate for the literature review aspect of the project.

Question: Why the project is being retendered 12 months down the track?

Answer: Please do not hesitate to apply again if you have responded to this RFQ in the past. Please ensure that you meet all criteria in your response.

Question: For the budget, is there an approximate breakdown for the project deliverables? (Since no consumables e.g. major travel, equipment etc is required for a literature review.)

Answer: We do not give detailed advice on the budget for specific aspects of the proposed project. Please ensure that the total budget remains below $200,000. If the budget proposed is over $200,000 you must give a clear explanation and how this may impact value for money. When proposing any budget please ensure that you consider value for money.

Question: In the milestone section there are options for a Progress Report, but on the RFQ information page the timeline does not indicate a progress report is required.

Answer: AgriFutures requires a minimum of 1 progress report every 6 months. However, shorter projects may require more than one progress report every 6 months. The milestones for the project will be finalised after the successful respondent has been identified.