Statistics on Australian Government Procurement Contracts

Introduction

AusTender is the Commonwealth Government's procurement information system. Suppliers and other interested parties seeking information on Commonwealth procurement can visit the AusTender website www.tenders.gov.au [External Site]

To demonstrate transparency and accountability of Commonwealth procurement, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules require that entities subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) [External Site] report their procurement contracts on AusTender. Specifically, non-corporate Commonwealth entities (NCE) are required to report notices of their procurement contracts and standing offer arrangements with a value of $10,000 or more; prescribed corporate Commonwealth entities (CCE) are also required to report certain contracts and standing offers. 

As of 1 July 2014, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) replaced the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) [External Site] and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) in relation to procurement reporting obligations.

The following data presents aggregated information that has been extracted from AusTender. It reflects contractual information reported during the relevant financial year in accordance with entities' procurement publishing obligations, and does not represent actual expenditure.

The data includes some procurement information for agencies that are not required by the policy to report their contracts. It does not contain details of contracts exempt from notification by the Chief Executive of an agency.

Total Procurement Contracts Reported
Financial YearValue $mNumber of Contracts
2014-15 59,447.0 69,236
2013-14 48,921.1 66,047
2012-13 39,257.5 67,854
2011-12 41,797.6 82,301
2010-11 32,641.4 79,286
2009-10 42,694.3 80,969
2008-09 32,962.4 85,870
2007-08 26,361.8 69,493
2006-07 28,978.5 82,532
2014-15 Procurement Contracts by Value Threshold
ThresholdValue $b% of Total ValueNumber of Contracts % of Total Number
Below $80,000 1.4 2.4% 46,527 67.2%
$80,000 and above 58.0 97.6% 22,709 32.8%
$80,000 - $249,999 1.8 3.0% 12,466 18.0%
$250,000 - $999,999 3.2 5.4% 6,920 10.0%
$1m - $4.999m 5.1 8.6% 2,334 3.4%
$5m and above 47.9 80.5% 989 1.4%

Note: Entities are required to report on AusTender procurement contracts valued at $10,000 and above. Under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, additional rules apply to procurements valued at or above $80,000, other than Construction procurements, where a $9 million threshold applies.

2014-15 Procurement Contracts: Overseas
 TotalOverseas*
Value $m 59,447.0 7,557.5
% 100% 12.7%
Number 69,236 4,279
% 100% 6.2%

* Contracts identified by entities as primarily or entirely based outside Australia.

2014-15 Procurement Contracts: SME Participation
 TotalSMEOther
Value $m 59,447.0 16,715.8 42,731.2
% 100% 28% 72%
Number 69,236 41,151 28,085
% 100% 59% 41%

Note:  The Government's target for SME participation by contract value is 10%. SME participation for previous years was 34% in 2013-14, 32% in 2012-13, 39% in 2011-12 and 34% in 2010-11.

2014-15 Procurement Contracts: Small Enterprise Participation
 TotalSmall EnterprisesOther
Value $m 59,447.0 5,805.8 53,641.2
% 100% 10% 90%
Number 69,236 23,400 45,836
% 100% 34% 66%

Note: An SME is defined as a business which has less than 200 employees and operates independently of any parent organisation for taxation arrangements. A small business is defined as a business with fewer than 20 employees.

2014-15 Procurement Contracts: Individual Business Participation
 Total Uniquely Identified Businesses% of Total Businesses
SME 9,534 89%
Other 1,238 11%
Total 10,772 100%

* ABN exempt suppliers are excluded.


Procurement Contracts: Ratio of Goods to Services
  TotalGoodsServices
2014-15Value $m 59,447.0 20,097.8 39,349.2
% 100% 34% 66%
Number 69,236 26,444 42,792
% 100% 38% 62%
2013-14Value $m 48,921.1 18,886.4 30,034.7
% 100% 39% 61%
Number 66,047 24,822 41,225
% 100% 38% 62%
2012-13Value $m 39,257.5 17,136.7 22,120.8
% 100% 44% 56%
Number 67,854 24,821 43,033
% 100% 37% 63%
2011-12Value $m 41,797.6 18,728.5 23,069.0
% 100% 44% 55%
Number 82,301 33,244 49,057
% 100% 40% 60%

Note: The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) is used by agencies to categorise their contracts to a specific industry sector. Please refer to AusTender [External Link] for detailed sectoral information.

2014-15 Procurement Contracts: Top 20 Categories for Goods and Services
Category TitleValue $m% of Total Value% of SME Participation
Politics and Civic Affairs Services $12,870.2 21.6 39
Commercial and Military and Private Vehicles and their Accessories and Components $12,249.0 20.6 13
Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services $10,917.4 18.4 39
Building and Construction and Maintenance Services $7,358.5 12.4 9
Engineering and Research and Technology Based Services $3,767.7 6.3 32
Information Technology Broadcasting and Telecommunications $2,836.5 4.8 29
Defence and Law Enforcement and Security and Safety Equipment and Supplies $2,142.1 3.6 22
Fuels and Fuel Additives and Lubricants and Anti corrosive Materials $1,219.4 2.1 8
Education and Training Services $935.7 1.6 49
Healthcare Services $755.5 1.3 16
Transportation and Storage and Mail Services $588.3 1.0 32
National Defence and Public Order and Security and Safety Services $468.3 0.8 30
Public Utilities and Public Sector Related Services $444.2 0.7 63
Financial and Insurance Services $374.0 0.6 45
Electronic Components and Supplies $278.4 0.5 29
Farming and Fishing and Forestry and Wildlife Contracting Services $212.1 0.4 50
Power Generation and Distribution Machinery and Accessories $190.3 0.3 90
Editorial and Design and Graphic and Fine Art Services $180.1 0.3 25
Chemicals including Bio Chemicals and Gas Materials $156.5 0.3 1
Travel and Food and Lodging and Entertainment Services $147.6 0.2 78
Total of Top 20 58,091.8
2014-15 Procurement Contracts: Top 10 Agencies
 2014-15Rank
AgencyValue $m% of Total Value2014-152013-142012-13
Defence Materiel Organisation 17,742.2 29.9 1 1 2
Department of Defence 13,093.0 22.0 2 2 1

Department of Employment

8,520.9 14.3 3 N/A* N/A*

Department of Social Services

4,990.4 8.4 4 8 N/A*

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

4,048.8 6.8 5 3 N/A*

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program

1,552.5 2.6 6 4 7

Department of Human Services

1,403.9 2.4 7 7 4

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

662.3 1.1 8 15 22

Department of Health

641.0 1.1 9 9 9

Australian Taxation Office

591.2 1.0 10 10 6

*The formation of new entities following Machinery of Government changes during the 2013-14 financial year means they can't be compared to entities of previous financial years.

2014-15 Procurement Contracts: Value of Top 10 Agencies Comparison
 Total Value $m % of Total Value
Total of top 10 agencies 53,246.1 89.6
Total of other agencies 6,200.9 10.4
Grand total of all agencies 59,447.0 100.0
2014-15 Procurement Contracts: SME and Small Business Participation by Agency
AgencyBusiness Size% by Value% by Number
Administrative Appeals Tribunal SME 44 64
  Small 34 40
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency SME 65 54
  Small 32 35
Attorney-General's Department SME 61 62
  Small 37 38
Austrade SME 40 46
  Small 20 30
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency SME 58 70
  Small 46 47
Australian Bureau of Statistics SME 59 57
  Small 10 36
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research SME 14 44
  Small 11 38
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity SME 86 86
  Small 65 62
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) SME 84 61
  Small 31 39
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission SME 40 40
  Small 27 24
Australian Crime Commission SME 64 69
  Small 15 41
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service SME 64 60
  Small 36 35
Australian Electoral Commission SME 34 62
  Small 23 41
Australian Federal Police SME 58 69
  Small 23 41
Australian Financial Security Authority SME 57 52
  Small 33 29
Australian Fisheries Management Authority SME 31 47
  Small 27 36
Australian Human Rights Commission SME 38 56
  Small 37 50
Australian Institute of Criminology SME 93 69
  Small 89 54
Australian Institute of Family Studies SME 22 61
  Small 15 35
Australian Law Reform Commission SME NP* NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Maritime Safety Authority SME 98 67
  Small 1 44
Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) SME 89 80
  Small 79 60
Australian National Maritime Museum SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) SME 25 63
  Small 20 37
Australian Office of Financial Management SME 49 43
  Small 49 32
Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority SME 95 85
  Small 44 42
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority SME 63 80
  Small 42 48
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) SME 90 64
  Small 68 29
Australian Public Service Commission SME 54 66
  Small 39 46
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) SME 54 64
  Small 46 51
Australian Research Council SME 47 16
  Small 39 14
Australian Securities and Investments Commission SME 64 71
  Small 34 47
Australian Skills Quality Authority SME 70 70
  Small 26 50
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) SME NP NP
  Small 14 56
Australian Taxation Office SME 44 72
  Small 33 50
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) SME 66 54
  Small 49 35
Australian Transport Safety Bureau SME 91 59
  Small 1 46
Australian War Memorial SME NP NP
  Small 68 43
Bureau of Meteorology SME 56 63
  Small 38 39
Cancer Australia SME 52 55
  Small 40 39
Clean Energy Regulator SME 75 75
  Small 53 51
Climate Change Authority SME 22 50
  Small 22 50
Comcare SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Commonwealth Grants Commission SME NP NP
  Small 50 50
Comsuper SME 73 78
  Small 45 46
CrimTrac SME 71 55
  Small 15 29
CSIRO SME 59 67
  Small 28 37
Defence Materiel Organisation SME 14 52
  Small 5 24
Department of Agriculture SME 79 63
  Small 16 34
Department of Communications SME 41 62
  Small 20 39
Department of Defence SME 15 61
  Small 8 36
Department of Education and Training SME 60 63
  Small 23 38
Department of Employment SME 33 69
  Small 7 42
Department of Finance SME 57 49
  Small 32 30
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade SME 51 65
  Small 35 44
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program SME 52 61
  Small 7 28
Department of Health SME 60 57
  Small 11 35
Department of Health - Therapeutic Goods Administration SME 67 61
  Small 32 32
Department of Human Services SME 35 69
  Small 20 33
Department of Immigration and Border Protection SME 19 68
  Small 8 40
Department of Industry and Science SME 51 65
  Small 31 40
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development SME 46 62
  Small 34 41
Department of Parliamentary Services SME 75 67
  Small 41 36
Department of Social Services SME 56 62
  Small 11 34
Department of the Environment SME 56 63
  Small 37 39
Department of the Environment - Australian Antarctic Division SME 56 54
  Small 28 35
Department of the House of Representatives SME 73 62
  Small 42 35
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet SME 38 60
  Small 20 35
Department of the Senate SME 41 47
  Small 31 38
Department of the Treasury SME 45 68
  Small 21 36
Department of Veterans' Affairs SME 62 66
  Small 40 35
Fair Work Commission SME 90 58
  Small 8 23
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court SME 32 55
  Small 27 27
Federal Court of Australia SME 41 56
  Small 34 28
Future Fund Management Agency SME 17 62
  Small 9 37
Geoscience Australia SME 95 56
  Small 5 31
Grains Research and Development Corporation SME 49 43
  Small 48 40
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority SME 16 76
  Small 11 54
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority SME NP NP
  Small 90 58
IP Australia SME 59 62
  Small 32 31
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal (MRT-RRT) SME 85 56
  Small 37 26
Murray-Darling Basin Authority SME 53 63
  Small 38 49
National Archives of Australia SME 4 64
  Small 3 36
National Blood Authority SME 93 77
  Small 88 68
National Capital Authority SME 97 89
  Small 46 64
National Health and Medical Research Council SME 69 67
  Small 21 31
National Health Funding Body SME 85 83
  Small 28 43
National Health Performance Authority SME 82 57
  Small NP NP
National Mental Health Commission SME 67 64
  Small 36 47
National Museum of Australia SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority SME NP NP
  Small 23 55
National Water Commission SME 94 80
  Small 80 47
Office of National Assessments SME 61 59
  Small 24 42
Office of Parliamentary Counsel SME 24 70
  Small 3 37
Office of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Office of the Australian Accounting Standards Board SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner SME 63 53
  Small 18 24
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman SME 95 64
  Small 79 45
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions SME 96 63
  Small 93 44
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate SME 17 27
  Small 12 18
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman SME 21 53
  Small 10 34
Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General SME 67 67
  Small 61 56
Old Parliament House SME 44 77
  Small 15 56
Parliamentary Budget Office SME 85 81
  Small 50 50
Productivity Commission SME 51 59
  Small 31 35
Professional Services Review SME 40 46
  Small 17 32
Reserve Bank of Australia SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Royal Australian Mint SME 57 72
  Small 38 50
Safe Work Australia SME 69 75
  Small 50 50
Social Security Appeals Tribunal SME 80 71
  Small 61 46
Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency SME 40 44
  Small 19 17
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency SME 78 64
  Small 34 59
Tourism Australia SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Workplace Gender Equality Agency SME NP NP
  Small NP NP

Small Business is a subset of SME.
Participation rates for SMEs and Small Business are dependent on individual agency procurement profiles.
*NP denotes Not Provided.  Where there is a risk of businesses being identified, agency data for SME and/or Small Business participation rates have been suppressed.

Last updated: 14 December 2015