Australian businesses have the chance to join in building a world-class radio telescope in Western Australia.
If you are interested in supplying this project, you can find all the information and support you need on this page. This includes help navigating the procurement process and winning work.
Australia will host the low-frequency array, SKA-Low, in remote Western Australia. This multi-year project:
Contracts will include work in infrastructure and antenna array deployment, as well as opportunities throughout the 50-year operations phase.
Initial infrastructure includes:
Some work packages are reserved for Australian businesses, in proportion to our contribution to the project. Others will be sourced globally.
The international SKA Observatory (SKAO) is responsible for procurement during the construction and operation phases.
Depending on the value of the opportunity, the SKAO will invite suppliers to tender or quote. Before you are invited to tender, you will need to respond to a market survey (expression of interest) and pre-qualify.
The SKAO will evaluate offers in 2 ways:
Read more about the procurement process and requirements on the SKAO website
You can access all procurement opportunities on the SKAO supplier procurement web portal.
You need to create an account to submit offers, monitor procurements and get notifications. Let us know if you need help navigating the portal. Email ska.ilo [at] industry.gov.au for assistance.
You can also nominate interest in partial-scope elements via the SKA listing on the ICN Gateway.
We aim to connect companies interested in partial-scope supply with prime contractors. Please note there are no guarantees.
The Australian SKA Office coordinates Australia’s involvement in the SKA project with support from the Australian Industry Liaison Officer (ILO). The ILO also:
Email ska.ilo [at] industry.gov.au
Working on large projects brings unique opportunities and challenges. The Supplying the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SMART Project helps Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs) navigate the complexity of the international mega-science project environment.
The Australian ILO facilitates the SMART Projects and Supply Chains service as part of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.
As a participating business, you can develop capabilities to become more competitive in this environment, including:
The focus is on current SKA project opportunities. But the capabilities you develop will also help you pursue:
You may be able to access a matched Growth Grant of up to $20,000 to action recommendations from your participation in the project.
The Australian ILO will provide advice, guidance and network connections. Activities are tailored to your business, experience with major projects, potential position in the SKA project supply chain, and time constraints. These include:
Businesses must meet the Entrepreneur’s Programme eligibility requirements for SMART Projects and Supply Chains. If you have any questions about eligibility email EPGrowthSupport [at] industry.gov.au or phone 1800 793 261.
To join the SKA SMART Project, you need to apply directly to our ILO. Email ska.ilo [at] industry.gov.au
Join the Australasian SKA Industry Cluster (ASKAIC) for project updates, networking and other opportunities. It’s a network of Australasian companies and stakeholders interested in the SKA project.
Email Australia’s SKA Industry Liaison Officer: ska.ilo [at] industry.gov.au
Last updated: 19 October 2021
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