Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Tenders open for wild sandalwood contracts

    13/01/2016 5:15 PM
    • Request for proposals being sought for processing, sales and marketing of WA's wild sandalwood resource
    • New structure to ensure market stability, prioritise regional investment and create opportunities for new market entrants 

    Contracts for new processing, sales and marketing arrangements for wild Western Australian sandalwood are now open for tender.


    Acting Forestry Minister Colin Holt said the request for proposals process was launched today following a review and restructure of future commercial arrangements for the wild WA sandalwood industry.


    Proposals are being sought in three areas:

    • contract(s) of sale for the purchase of sandalwood suitable for oil extraction
    • service contract for a sales and marketing agent for sandalwood
    • service contract(s) for the processing, warehousing and despatch of sandalwood. 

    "A modified industry structure has been developed through extensive industry and stakeholder consultation and ensures market stability, opportunities for new entrants and prioritising of regional investment," Mr Holt said.


    The State Government is particularly interested in promoting involvement by Aboriginal and regional communities in the industry.  Under the new industry structure, criteria weightings place emphasis on Aboriginal, regional and local content components of contract arrangements.


    Existing contract agreements for the processing, sales and marketing of wild WA sandalwood  end on June 30, 2016.


    Proposals close on March 23, 2016 and will be assessed by an independently-chaired panel which will make recommendations to the Forest Products Commission.


    A briefing for potential participants will take place at 2pm on January 29, 2016 at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA's head office, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth. An online video of the briefing will be available to those who cannot attend.


    Fact File

    • For more information, visit http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au
    • The Forest Products Commission is the State agency responsible for the harvesting and sale of wild sandalwood from Crown land (including pastoral leases)
    • The Department of Parks and Wildlife regulates and licenses the industry on private and public land 

    Minister's office - 6552 5500