Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why isn’t the project I am looking for included on the NICS?
A: The NICS includes projects valued at $50m and above for larger states and $20m and above for smaller states and territories, local government and council projects. The NICS may also include information on projects below $50 million, or projects procured by Government Business Enterprises if the responsible jurisdiction provides the necessary information.
Each jurisdiction is responsible for supplying data for their projects on the NICS.
Q: How often is the information on NICS updated?
A: The project information on NICS is updated quarterly by the jurisdictions. If there is a major public announcement made, the information should be uploaded within 10 working days. These timeframes have been put in place to ensure that data reflects the current status of the projects.
Q: I am interested in investing in a particular project. How do I go about this?
A: Each project on the NICS indicates whether there is the potential for private investment. If there is the potential for private investment, contact the relevant jurisdiction using the contact information provided on the project page.
Q: I want to tender for a sub-contract within a project. How do I go about this?
A: If you wish enquire about sub-contracting opportunities, contact information can be found at the bottom of each project page. The contract page is accessed from the project page by selecting the green ‘contracts available’ button.
Q: I want to subscribe to the NICS. How do I do this?
A: Subscribing to the NICS is easy! Click on the ‘@ Subscriptions’ link at the top of the screen. This will take you to a subscription page where you are able to select from project criteria to customise your subscription and begin receiving email notifications about project additions or updates.
Alternatively, if you wish to subscribe to a specific project, you can do this by selecting the ‘@’ symbol in the project box on the project listing page.
Q: What does Multi-State mean?
A: Multi-State is a new location that captures those projects that are geographically across 2 or more jurisdictions. Projects such as the National Broadband Network fall within this location.
Q: Why doesn’t the project I am interested in have any contracts?
A: It is the responsibility of the procuring jurisdiction to provide contract information where it is available for each project. If there are no contracts available for a particular project and you wish to enquire as to why, contact information can be found at the bottom of the project page.
Q: Can I download project and contract information?
A: Yes, users are now able to export the displayed project and contract information into an excel spreadsheet format. You can do this by clicking the ‘download project data’ button on the project listings page or on the specific project page.
Q: Why aren’t there any private sector projects included on the NICS?
A: The NICS is an Australian Government initiative developed by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. At this stage it collates information on existing and upcoming major infrastructure projects procured by the three tiers of government in Australia.
Q: I am having technical difficulties with the NICS website. Who do I contact?
A: If you are experiencing website difficulties please try closing your browser and re-opening it. If problems are still occurring, please contact the NICS hotline on 1800 155 798 or email NICSProject@infrastructure.gov.au
Q: I believe some information displayed on the NICS is incorrect. Who do I contact?
A: If you think that project information on NICS may be incorrect, either contact the nominated contact person for that particular project (at the bottom of the project page) or you may contact the NICS team.
Q: I belong to a government organisation and would like to add a project to the NICS. How do I go about doing this?
A: If you believe that your agency or council has a project that falls within the scope of NICS, please contact the NICS team via the NICS hotline on 1800 155 798 or email NICSProject@infrastructure.gov.au and we will advise you of the next steps.