Introduction

The Centre for Alcohol and Other Drugs, NSW Ministry of Health, will be running a tender for a non-government organisation to establish and operate a new alcohol and other drug residential treatment service in Dubbo. The tender is anticipated to be undertaken in the second half of 2022.

This webpage will provide community stakeholders and prospective tenderers with information about project progress, particularly site selection and building progress, as well as responses to requests for information.  

If you cannot find the information you require on this webpage, please send questions to MOH-DubboAODcentre@health.nsw.gov.au. Responses to questions that are relevant to stakeholders and tenderers will be made publicly available on this page.

Service development partners

Dubbo community

The Dubbo community has been active in achieving support for establishing a Dubbo residential treatment service which includes people impacted by alcohol and other drug use as well as representatives from Aboriginal communities and non-government organisations. 

The community remains a key partner with government in ongoing development considerations. 

Community advice has been sought in consultations and through surveys, with the advice forming the basis of the service development.

The community will continue to be consulted on key stages of the project including invitation of a community member representative to be on the tender selection group. 

Tenderers will be required to demonstrate their plan for including the local community in development of the service treatment model and ongoing service improvement activities.

Government

NSW and the Australian Governments and the Dubbo Regional Council are partnering to support establishment of the residential alcohol and other drug treatment centre in Dubbo. 

The NSW Government is investing $7.5 million to support development and operation of the centre, while the Commonwealth Government has invested $3 million towards development of the centre. 

Dubbo Regional Council has supported development of a business case for the project and finding a suitable site for the centre. Western NSW Local Health District is the project lead who have recently taken over responsibility for finding a site and will oversee development of the site. 

The LHD will also be an ongoing partner in operation of the service, supporting the successful non-government operator around clinical aspects of the service.

Site development

Building

Development of a purpose-built facility was initially planned and is preferred for this service. Due to difficulties locating a suitable piece of land to build the service on, an existing building with the opportunity for refit and further development may be considered. 

Depending on the land and purchase costs and/or building/ refit costs, the size of the service may vary. The service is planned to have alcohol and other drug rehabilitation beds as well as withdrawal beds.

Location

The Service needs to be located in close proximity to Dubbo public hospital for withdrawal management services to be offered safely and the Dubbo community has indicated that the Service should be away from residential areas. 

Due to residential property development plans in Dubbo, finding a suitable site for this service is complex. Privately owned land, as well as public land sites, are being investigated in consultation with Dubbo Aboriginal Land Council and Dubbo Regional Council.

Timeframe

Depending on the site selected, timeframes for building readiness may vary. Land with an existing building requiring minimal adjustment may enable commencement of a service in early 2023 (pending successful tender). 

A site that is land-only will require a purpose-built facility, so this will require a longer timeframe.

COVID-19 service disruptions, administration issues, and the difficulty of locating a suitable site have impacted progress. 

It is anticipated that a site will be secured soon, and a tender will progress to give the successful tenderer as much service planning time as possible (while the site development progresses). 

The tender is anticipated to be undertaken in the second half of 2022.

Tender information

Preparing for tender

The tender will be posted online on the NSW Government e-Tendering website and a tender information session with be held with interested tenderers. 

For general information on NSW Government tenders and to sign up for notifications please go to:

NSW Health non-government AOD contract requirements

NSW Health has minimum requirements for service providers around service safety and quality as well as performance reporting requirements. More information can be found here:

Developing the treatment service model

A service framework is in development, based on community and AOD clinician consultation, which will inform the development of the model of care. 

The model of care is to be developed by the successful tenderer in partnership with the local community, service providers, and NSW Health. 

Tenderers will be asked to demonstrate how they plan to work with local community and services, particularly the local Aboriginal community and health services, to ensure local community needs are embedded into service operations.

Current as at: Tuesday 2 August 2022