School Bus Procurement

Information and updates relating to the procurement of new daily bus and technology bus services.

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School Bus Procurement

The current daily bus and technology bus contracts expire on 31 December 2021. These contracts service approximately 1,500 Daily Bus routes and 700 Technology routes.

For the first time in 12 years, school bus services will be procured for the Ministry’s daily and technology bus services. The procurement will be conducted via two tenders between July 2020 and May 2021:

Tender: One Two
Dates: 9 July - 28 August (now closed) 7 December 2020 – 29 January 2021
Procurement: Offer for award approximately 10% of individual routes, allowing small regional suppliers to compete on routes that meet their capacity while supporting their local communities Tender 2 is open to suppliers not contracted through Tender 1, providing access to the remaining 90% of routes in bundles.   

The Ministry will award routes based on best public value, which means considering quality, price and broader outcomes, rather than solely on cost. Broader outcomes take into account economic, cultural, environmental and social benefits that can be achieved through this procurement.

Contracts will be in place to deliver services from Term 1, 2022, for a 12 year term:

Tender 1 suppliers were awarded in December 2020. Tender 2 suppliers will be awarded in May 2021, at which stage a full list of all suppliers, for services commencing from the start of 2022, will be published on this page.

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