Building good health across Australia and around the region

Australia has a strong healthcare sector, which can offer innovative solutions in architecture, hospital management, engineering, and the provision of healthcare products and services.

The healthcare sector is a priority for ICN, and through funding from the Australian Government, ICN has a dedicated National Sector Manager for health, David Ryant, whose role is to actively promote competitive local suppliers to major health projects and inform SMEs of business opportunities.

David works with a dedicated team of ICN consultants across Australia and New Zealand who specialise in the health industry. This team has been intimately involved in many health projects during the planning, tender and procurement phases – helping Australian suppliers secure contracts that may otherwise have gone overseas.

‘Every day ICN works with local suppliers by connecting them with projects, and helping project managers save valuable time and money in the procurement process,’ said David. ‘Since ICN began 29 years ago, we have helped local suppliers find $21 billion worth of contracts.’

To support ICN, the Australian Government has provided funding through its Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program, which provides ICN with the resources to promote and maximise the participation of local Australian suppliers and service providers to large-scale and notable health development projects.

Below is just a few examples of how ICN is working on some exciting SAMP funded health projects and initiatives, both in Australia and overseas.

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre project is a $1 billion world-class development, and once operating will drive the next generation of progress in the prevention, detection, and treatment cancer. The Plenary Health Consortium was awarded the contract to deliver this project and ICN is working in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health to support Plenary Group to identify local suppliers and fulfil tender documentation requirements.

Many work packages are currently available for this project and can be found via ICN Gateway, where suppliers can register their interest. Work packages are available for many different types of suppliers, including civil works, electrical, landscaping, building maintenance, hydraulics, fit-out and furniture.

In Western Australia, John Holland has been appointed as the managing contractor to deliver the new $1.2 billion children’s hospital in Perth where they will design and construct a new, state-of-the art hospital to replace Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Through its SAMP funding, ICN is working in partnership with the WA Government to support John Holland in identifying local suppliers for project works and fulfilling tender documentation requirements.

ICN is also excited to be working on the National Health Alliance program. This program is aimed at assisting local industry access opportunities from over $5 billion worth of healthcare projects around Australia. ‘ICN has enjoyed being part of this program. In the last three years ICN has assisted companies to win over $4 million worth of business in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia’ said David.

The program is comprised of 10 hospital projects throughout the country, and includes six hospital projects in Victoria valued at $1.143 billion across 3 regional areas, two hospital projects in NSW valued at $310 million, across two regional areas, a hospital in Tasmania worth $500 million, and one hospital each in South Australia and Queensland, both valued at $1.8 billion each.

Each participating ICN state office will be responsible for managing projects in their state and will work jointly to engage with SMEs and local industry through ICN Gateway.

Another innovative project ICN is involved in is the SAMP ASEAN heath infrastructure program. This program aims to develop opportunities for Australian industry to provide healthcare products and services into the rapidly growing South East Asian health sector.

Over thirty privately and government funded facilities have been approved or are under process for approval for construction in the region between 2011 and 2015. The program aims to have Australian industry widely accepted as a supplier of health solutions to the region and share in the estimated $2 billion plus dollars that will be spent in the Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia over the next five years.

Over the past two years, ICN has undertaken four trade missions to the South East Asia region and hosted key regional healthcare groups in Australia. The program has assisted over 40 Australian companies to establish connections in the region so far, and more than 150 companies are registered for the program and receive regular updates on hospital building and construction projects.

It’s an exciting time for the healthcare sector in Australia, with many major projects underway across the country as well as opportunities in the South East Asian region. These projects are keeping many Australian suppliers busy, which helps to secure a strong national industry.

To find opportunities for your business, visit ICN Gateway, or to discuss how ICN can help you, contact your local state ICN office via

ICN is Australia and New Zealand’s innovative industry matchmaker. If you’re a major project developer, ICN can put you in contact with the best suppliers. If you’re a supplier we will connect you with the best projects for your business.