Posted 31.12.2014 @ 5.04PM
I have worked in the print industry for 5 years and have never heard of supplying Indesign files for print. It has always been PDF's with the required amount of bleed....I would definitely be asking why.
As a printer I would prefer PDF's anyway to avoid any errors which can occur by opening up the raw file.
I agree with Scratchy, it could be to make the file print ready but that is what the designer is for........
Posted 31.12.2014 @ 4.56PM
Check out Worlwide Printing Solutions in North Sydney. There are a few centres around as they are a franchise but they all offer pretty much the same thing. Guys at North Sydney are pretty switched on. They can help out with all digital/offset printing in CMYK and also in Pantone. Gold foiling is not a problem for them either but they may be a little expensive in this department.
They are open normal business hours Mon-Fri so your client can pop in anytime to discuss colours/samples which is handy.
I have also used CMYK online which is more online based. Not sure if you can go in and view samples but I am sure they can post some out. Quality and turn around time is really good with these guys.
Hope this helps !