National Health and Medical Research Council

Test Management Services

Important dates

Opportunity ID
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 3 November 2017 at 6PM (in Canberra)
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 7 November 2017 at 6PM (in Canberra)
Tuesday 31 October 2017


Write a summary of your brief

NHMRC requires a suitably qualified service provider to supply test management services for the New Grants Management Solution Project. The services required include the full range of test services including the provision of relevant methodologies and test management software.

What is the latest start date?
How long is the contract?

Initial contract term until 30-June-2018 with up to three extension options up to three months each

Where can the work take place?
Australian Capital Territory
Who will the specialist work for?
National Health and Medical Research Council
How much can you spend per day?

Assuming 7.5 hours per day, maximum day rate is $1,125 (exclusive of GST)

About the work

Who will the specialist work with?

You will be working for the existing New Grants Management Solution project team comprising:

Project Manager

Solution Architect

Business Analyst

Change and communications

Administrative support


Solution vendors

What will the specialist do?

Preparation of:

1. Test strategy

2. Test plans

3. Test scenarios and cases

4. Test entry and exit criteria

Management of:

5. Functional and non-functional requirements including traceability matrix

6. Testing phases (Unit, Functional, SIT, UAT, Performance and Security)

7. Defects and entry and exit process.

8. Provision of hosted test management solution. The solution must be configured for NHMRC use by the service provider; must meet the Australian Government’s mandatory security requirements including being hosted in approved data centre and be used to:

• Manage requirements

• Plan tests

• Execute tests

• Manage defects

• Reporting

Any additional relevant information?

Consistent with the whole of Government initiative to streamline grants processes across agencies, NHMRC has been piloting the use of advanced analytics and algorithms to streamline both the grant application assessment and outcome reporting processes. NHMRC’s successful development of the prototype applications, and specifically the pilot of the Research Impact and Assessment Application, proves the power of digitalisation to benefit NHMRC and the Government more widely in assessing the impacts of research outcomes.

Work setup

Where will the work take place?

GHD Building Level 1, 16 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra ACT 2601

What are the working arrangements?

On Site, 7.5 hours a day 5 days a week unless directed by NHMRC

Is security clearance required?

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate sellers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience in developing a test strategy
  • Demonstrate experience in developing test plans, test scenarios and test cases
  • Demonstrate experience in testing a solution with multi-point inter-systems integrations
  • Demonstrate experience in the use of a test management solution to manage the full test life-cycle.
  • Demonstrate experience in testing functional and non-functional requirements
  • Demonstrate experience in managing user acceptance testing.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Demonstrate experience in grants management

How sellers will be evaluated

How many specialists will you evaluate?
Cultural fit
Work as part of a blended client, vendor and contractor based team.
Area of expertise
Software engineering and development
How will you verify the specialist is right for the role?
  • Work history
  • References
  • Interview
How will you evaluate the specialists?

Technical competence

Cultural fit


Seller questions

Seller questions
Seller question Buyer answer
1. Will you accept permanent residents for this role? NHMRC's only requirement in this area is that the applicant have Baseline security clearance.
2. The length of the contract states: Initial contract term until 30-June-2017 with up to three extension options up to three months each. Is this meant to be 30-June-18? This is correct. The initial term will end 30-June-2018.
3. Are you looking for a single person that can do all of these things (functional, performance, security, etc), as they are a very diverse skillset, and unlikely to be found in a single person? A test manager that can oversee the procurement and execution of those activities? Or a vendor / test management service with consultants or multiple contractors to perform the different roles? NHMRC is looking for a supplier (individual or vendor) to prepare the testing documentation (items 1-4 in "What will the specialist do?") and manage the subsequent test phases (items 5-6 in "What will the specialist do?"). Suppliers must determine for themselves who suited they are to the addressing the request.
4. Will you accept a Permanent Resident for this position? Yes, if they have Baseline security clearance.
5. I have a strong candidate who requires 4 weeks notice and therefore is unable to start by 15 November. Does this rule him out of contention? Unfortunately yes. We have a tight project schedule, particularly in the lead up to the Christmas break. We therefore need to role to be filled by 15-Nov.
6. Would it be possible to extend the deadline by a week, to allow candidates that have not yet been assessed by DTA for these services ample time to respond? DTA will not assess a seller until there is a relevant opportunity they wish to apply for, and seller's cannot apply for an opportunity until they have been assessed. With only a few days to respond it will rule out a competitive seller. Unfortunately no. We have a tight project schedule, particularly in the lead up to the Christmas break. We therefore need to role to be filled by 15-Nov. Extending the open period by a week will put the schedule in jeopardy .
7. Is there an existing resource performing this role? No. The project does not have a test resource at present.
8. 1. How does this project sit in relation to the existing RGMS for NHMRC: a new version or replacement system? 2. What SDLC will be used for grants management system: waterfall, v-model or agile? 3. How will the functional and non-functional requirements be expressed: traditional functional spec, use cases or user stories? 4. What existing testing tools (if any) are currently used in the council? Thanking you in advance for your assistance. 1. This project is replacing the existing RGMS system. 2. The project is using agile method. 3. The requirements are currently expressed in a traditional format (e.g. "the system must..."). Business analysts have been engaged to further develop these and will include use cases. 4. The NHMRC currently has access to HP LoadRunner only.

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