We want to make it as simple as possible for you to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) where you think you meet the criteria to provide a service but we also have to work within our existing procurement frameworks. We have therefore decided that we will only consider applications in the months before the process to put in place a new contract begins.
Our three year procurement plan forms the basis of our timetable for consideration of EOI which provides two week windows for consideration of EOI twice every financial year.
We have adopted a two tier approach to reviewing EOI:
If we accept (even with modification) an EOI for a service, then we will carry out a procurement exercise to select the most appropriate service provider.
The minimum period between the date of our decision to accept an EOI and the date on which the procurement exercise will begin is 12 weeks. The maximum period is 52 weeks.
The time between the EOI acceptance and the procurement process starting provides additional time for the groups who submitted EOI to prepare to compete in the procurement exercise. This is one of the main benefits of Right to Challenge.
Updated: 7 April 2015