Yvette Berry say the ACT Government will move towards a new procurement for the public housing maintenance Total Facilities Management (TFM) contract.
“The current contract, provided by Spotless Services Pty Ltd, commenced in 2012 for a five year period,” Yvette said.
“Spotless has accepted the offer of an extension of the current contract to 30 June 2018 and during this time the government will explore procurement options to ensure the best possible services for tenants and value for money for the broader Canberra community.
“This will include a close examination of our current TFM framework and consultation with key stakeholders.
“The ACT Government is committed to providing the best possible accommodation and support to the 23,000 tenants who reside in 11,600 public and community housing properties.
“Consecutive ACT Labor governments have maintained the most significant social housing system in Australia, with 30 dwellings per 1,000 people compared to a national average of 17 per 1,000.
“The ACT’s public housing assets are now valued at more than $4 billion – a community-owned asset supporting those who often do it tough.
“Having the maintenance contract provided by a single supplier allows us to offer quality services across around 75,000 work orders each year.
“Spotless has delivered a range of good outcomes over the last four years, however given today’s fast pace of innovation and technology development, it is prudent to test the market through a rigorous procurement process to ensure value for money and quality services for the government and tenants.
“The government and Spotless will also use the time provided by the extension to continue to implement improvements to the TFM arrangement recommended by a recent audit into public housing maintenance in the ACT.
“Housing and Community Services will continue to provide the existing level of maintenance services to tenants during any tender process.
“The ACT Government Advanced Tender Notice provides information on forthcoming tenders. This information plays an important role in forward planning, and will provide clarity to those companies seeking to be involved in a tender process.
“Interested tenderers are encouraged to register on the Advanced Tender Notice through Tenders ACT.”