Tenders and contracts

Tenders and contracts

Delivering water services to the people across South Australia is built on a network of partnerships.

We’re a major procurer of services in the state and work with more than 3,000 local suppliers and businesses – large and small – to ensure all our services, projects and works are delivered:

  • in line with the expectations of our customers and the community
  • safely and on time
  • within budget and to a high standard.

We have 12 panels, each made up of suppliers who’ve won tenders to help us in delivery of services spanning a wide range of areas. Our suppliers all go through rigorous and competitive tender and approval processes before they work with us.

Work for local businesses

Growing and retaining the skills we have in South Australia is important to us, and it’s important to our customers. We do this through being an employer of choice and ensuring that, as much as possible, our contracted services are awarded to South Australian companies, supported by interstate and overseas expertise. Through our supply chain relationships, we seek productive partnerships with local and regional industry including Aboriginal-owned businesses.

Available tenders

Our open tenders are published at SA Tenders and Contracts, so if you’re interested in working with us, register with the SA Tender and Contracts website and set up an alert to be notified of new opportunities.

SA Water has launched our Supplier Portal.

The Supplier Portal provides a collaborative platform for Suppliers and SA Water to:

  • Allow prospective new Suppliers (those who have not previously been engaged by SA Water) to complete a quick and easy Initial Bidder Registration to participate in Requests for Tender / Quotation / Information
  • Allow existing Fully Registered (engaged) Suppliers to:
  • maintain their own Company Profile details (e.g., address, contact & payment details etc.)
  • participate in Requests for Tender / Quotation / Information
  • provide feedback to SA Water
  • support collaborative contract management activities.

If you require assistance with completing your initial bidder registration, please contact the Help Desk on (02) 7255 7809 or email support-sawater@ivalua.com

Our panels

Our panels are well managed supply arrangements enabling us to effectively engage pre-accredited suppliers under pre-agreed terms. We have panels for supply or delivery of these services:

  • Automation. Providing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) services, control system design, integration and construction and associated electrical services.
  • Coaching and Facilitation Services. Covers coaching, team facilitation and workshop design services.
  • Commercial Diving Services. Covers provision of commercial divers and remote operated vehicles
  • Desludging services. Covers provision of desludging services at our wastewater treatment plants.
  • Engineering. Multi-disciplinary and specialist design services specific to the water industry including dams, water and wastewater treatment and asset management.
  • Estimating. Provision of Estimating Services.
  • Financial and audit. Services such as internal auditing, financial advisory, special projects and regulatory business planning.
  • High Voltage Reactive Maintenance Services. Covers reactive maintenance services for all of our high voltage assets (except motors) including switchboards, transformers, ring main units, relays and all associated equipment.
  • Information technology services. Covering application management services, resource augmentation, and IT capital project delivery and related services.
  • Laboratory consumables. The supply of laboratory consumable products.
  • Minor frameworks. Design and construction delivery services for several specialist programs of work such as water main relay and wastewater rehabilitation services.
  • Minor works. Design and construction delivery services for civil, mechanical and electrical works across South Australia.
  • Motor Maintenance Services. Covers maintenance, overhaul and rewinds of large and small high voltage motors.
  • Permanent recruitment services. Covers recruitment services.
  • Sand, Aggregate and Pavement Materials. Supply of various materials to sites across the State, in accordance with our technical standards.
  • Small works and bitumen. Construction delivery services associated with bitumen road reinstatement, concreting, earthmoving, civil works, general building and engineering related services.
  • Smart meters. The supply of smart water meters.
  • Temporary staff. Providing contingent labour and associated services.
  • Vacuum Truck Services. Vacuum truck services across the state
  • Wastewater CCTV. A range of services including cleaning and reporting services.
  • Weed Control, Pest and Animal Control and Tree Maintenance Services. Land management services covering weed control, pest and animal control and tree maintenance services.
  • Water Carting Services . Water carting services of potable water across the state
  • Water meters. The supply of water meters.

How we choose our suppliers

We want to work with businesses and suppliers who are as customer centric as we are, who share our commitment to excellent outcomes, and who understand our brand, our business and our goals.

We look for partners who are like-minded, want to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes, also focus on innovative thinking and have a mindset of continuous improvement. Good employment practices are also important to us, so that all people who are working on behalf of SA Water can feel supported and thrive.

Our procurement processes are guided by our values:

  • Social responsibility: we will apply our skills, assets and services for the greater benefit of the state and people of South Australia.
  • Economic efficiency: we will be as efficient and effective as possible, balancing affordability with customer needs and great service delivery.
  • Environmental performance: we will work to reduce our environmental footprint and improve our climate resilience.

As well as this, we choose partners in line with 5 principles:

  1. Safety underpins our culture, with outcome-based safety measures underpinning our contractual frameworks.
  2. We have a culture where ethical behaviour is paramount.
  3. We are accountable to our stakeholders – our customers, the community, our owner and our regulators, for evidence-based decisions that consider risks and opportunities.
  4. Our investment decisions are community-minded, balancing the expectations and needs of the community and our customers with managing risk, opportunities and whole of lifecycle cost.
  5. We regularly monitor and report on our performance, with accurate and timely information so our customers have confidence in what we do and how we do it.

How you can present a new product or service

Supporting the South Australian economy is important to us. Sub-contracting and work opportunities for businesses are available through our key partners for major projects, our metropolitan operations and field services as well as through our panel arrangements.

Our key partners coordinate and manage sub contractors and local businesses covering a range of contracts on behalf of SA Water, relating to water, wastewater, major projects and regional programs of work.

If you’re not a contracted supplier but you have a product or service you think we may be interested in or will improve water and sewerage services for South Australians, we’d like to hear from you.

You can either:

  • contact one of our key partners directly, in either our major projectsmetropolitan services or our listed panel arrangements, or
  • contact the Supply Chain team for information and advice via our Customer Care Centre on 1300 SA WATER (1300 729 283).

Our terms and conditions

The terms and conditions for each contract or preferred supplier agreement are provided to our suppliers as part of the bid invitation or contract establishment process.

Where no specific conditions of contract are identified in our purchase order (such as for low risk and/or low value purchases) our standard terms and conditions apply. Others will use our most appropriate terms and conditions.

Our contractor management system

Keeping the quality of our services high requires us to consistently and confidently meet our Work Health and Safety (WHS) requirements. We have a mandatory online contractor management system which ensures:

  • only qualified and compliant contractors work on our sites
  • our contractors are provided with important information about our WHS responsibilities and requirements, as well as our commitment to meeting the needs of our customers, expected behaviours and our values.

Our contractors must demonstrate they have systems that are compliant with WHS legislation and can work safely alongside us, helping to reduce the overall risk of injury. To do this, the contracting company must qualify as a pre-accredited contractor.

An online SA Water corporate induction is also part of this system, ensuring everyone who works with us, as contractors, and in turn subcontractors, are aware of and understand our WHS requirements before arriving at a work site. All contractors and subcontractors must show their SA Water contractor card before they start work at a site where we have influence and control. This card is provided once contractor and subcontractor staff have successfully completed the corporate induction. This induction must be completed every 2 years.

This system ensures a safe working environment for everyone and an efficient workplace.

If you have any questions, please email our team at CMSSupport@sawater.com.au. You can also access our Handbook for Contractors PDF,

Accredited contractors for land development

By maintaining a list of accredited contractors for land development, we endeavour to provide assurance for developers, and our customers, that all new infrastructure will be constructed safely and competently to our standards. Find out more information about our accredited contractors list.

Process for investigation of formal complaints

Supplier complaints management principles

Formal complaints are those which are submitted in writing to SA Water providing sufficient detail to enable adequate consideration of relevant points.

Complainants will be allowed a minimum of 14 calendar days to submit a complaint in writing (from the time when the complaint becomes known or should have been known to the supplier).

Suppliers (including potential suppliers) can expect that we will resolve complaints promptly by providing them with access to a timely, clear and independent dispute resolution process.

All complaints require due consideration and need to be dealt with in a manner appropriate to each situation. The complainant will be encouraged to seek resolution of the complaint with us through consultation.

All formal complaints will be investigated, and responded to in writing, by an appropriate independent officer who is not directly involved in the subject matter of the complaint.

Appropriate records of complaints will be maintained in accordance with official record keeping practices.

Any complaints or allegations of a criminal nature are to be referred to the South Australia Police.

This complaints management process will be made publicly available on our website.

Process for investigation of formal complaints

  1. All formal complaints must be in writing and be referred to an independent officer for investigation. The complaint should be acknowledged on its receipt and include the name of the officer, how the investigation will be conducted and associated timeframes.
  2. The investigating officer will identify the information or documentation required by the complainant and provide details of the contact person and process to provide any supporting information or documentation based on the confidentiality of these documents.
  3. Unless the complaint is resolved quickly, the complainant shall be kept regularly informed of progress of the investigation and the outcome in writing.
  4. If not satisfied with the outcome, the complainant will be provided an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the complaint with the appropriate SA Water representative.
  5. Where the complainant is still not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, the services of an independent adviser (which may include an independent arbitrator) may be engaged by SA Water to seek resolution of the complaint. If undertaken, the supplier should be advised in writing as to the outcome of the independent investigation by SA Water.
  6. The Senior Manager Supply Chain will inform Procurement Services SA, Department of Treasury and Finance, of any written complaint that could not be resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant within 7 calendar days from the complainant’s notification of dissatisfaction.

  • Major faults

  • Underway

  • Polkinghorns Rd
  • Arthurton
  • 18/06/2020
  • Water Supply On
  • 18/06/2020 03:05 PM - We are attending to an incident in Arthurton with no interruption to the water supply. The safety of our crews and customers comes first, and we always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as quickly as we can. Reference Number WO: 07505663.
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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Spruance Rd
  • Elizabeth East
  • 11/06/2021
  • Temporary Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time and water supply off: 15/06/2021 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time and water supply back on: 15/06/2021 04:00 PM

    We’re improving your services and undertaking maintenance work in Elizabeth East. Sometimes our crews need to temporarily interrupt the water supply to our customers and/or manage traffic while they are working. Temporary traffic management may remain in place until reinstatement of the impacted road is complete. We always aim to minimise inconvenience by restoring services as safely and quickly as we can.

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