Minister Ruston launched AusConnect on 10 December 2018. It is designed to consolidate all opportunities for sub-consultants/contractors/grantees ("searchers") in a central location.
AusConnect will not replace existing mechanisms through which market opportunities are advertised – it will supplement. AusConnect will reduce red-tape by bringing all opportunities for searchers into one accessible location searchable by key words such as sector and location.
Principles for all listings on AusConnect
1. Contractors must advertise all opportunities for searchers that are funded through DFAT's contracted Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects;
2. Must be real opportunities – not, for example, for a bid;
3. Should be advertised for a minimum of 14 calendar days;
4. Must be for implementation/project opportunities, not for head office support roles;
5. All opportunities above $10,000 (inclusive of GST if it applies) or for more than 10 days of input must be advertised; and
6. Humanitarian/emergency opportunities may be excluded.
When seeking Individuals
7. Must include Project Leadership and Technical Expert positions; and
8. Should not include Project Coordination and Project Administration positions.
When seeking Firms
9. Opportunities specifically seeking local suppliers may be excluded; and
10. Purchases from a panel of suppliers that the project has established with DFAT agreement may be excluded.
What basic information will I need to list an opportunity?
AusConnect is designed to enable advertisers to list their jobs quickly, and for searchers to rapidly ascertain if they are interested in the opportunity. As such AusConnect only hosts the critical minimum information requirements on the opportunity, for example, opportunity description, skillsets, sectors, close dates, link to where to apply etc.
How to advertise opportunities