AUSTRALIA’S Department of Finance is seeking through a 2-stage tender process a suitably qualified contractor to undertake the Stage 3 of works of the VIDFR project for the supply of higher risk secure accommodation. 

The works will be delivered under a Head Contract (construct only) methodology. The design is undergoing development to 100 per cent completion and will be provided to the successful applicants at the second stage RFT process.

An early works package, inclusive of remediation and civil works, has been delivered under a separate contract to reduce risk and gain efficiencies in the planning and delivery of the new higher risk accommodation.

Construction of a new higher security/higher risk precinct for a total of 62 detainees including accommodation, 6 special care, common facilities and outdoor areas. The precinct will be divided into four secure areas:

* 2 Identical and separate secure precinct areas, each providing accommodation and facilities for 31 detainees and each over two levels, which are based on the Mitchell Precinct with refinements based on the Higher Risk Accommodation (HRA) and General Flexible Accommodation (GFA) model security amendments. 

There will be capacity for lockdown operations in each area and no shared facilities. Each area will include common facilities for recreation and dining, as well as high care facilities for detainees that have special needs:

* 1 separate secure area around the Banksia and Tweed building with security curtilage;

* 1 separate secure area for a Football Field. Access will be managed from each of the surrounding accommodation areas; and

* Construction of fences and roadworks in and around Stage 3 to support the new high security precinct.

The VIDF is part of a network of detention facilities and Stage 3 accommodation must become available for occupation in early 2019 to meet DIBP’s forward planning requirements. The Stage 3 program includes a 12-month construction period, followed by a 12-month defects liability period (DLP).

The tender closes on November 30. ♦