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
2015-16 56,912.3 70,338
2014-15 59,447 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

 

2015-16 Procurement Contracts by Value Threshold
ThresholdValue $b% of Total ValueNumber of Contracts % of Total Number
Below $80,000 1.4 2.5% 45,229 64.3%
$80,000 and above 55.5 97.5% 25,109 35.7%
$80,00 - $249,999 1.9 3.3% 13,047 18.5%
$250,000 - $999,999 3.9 6.9% 8,478 12.1%
$1m - $4.999m 5.5 9.7% 2,621 3.7%
$5m and above 44.2 77.6% 963 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.

2015-16 Procurement Contracts: Overseas
 TotalOverseas*
Value $m 56,912.3 8,633.4
% 100% 15.2%
Number 70,338 3,816
% 100% 5.4%

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

2015-16 Procurement Contracts: SME Participation
 TotalSMEOther
Value $m

56,912.3

13,680.1

43,232.3

%

100%

24%

76%

Number

70,338

42,737

27,601

%

100%

61%

39%

Note: The Government’s target for SME participation by contract value is 10%. SME participation for previous years was 28% in 2014-15, 34% in 2013-14, 32% in 2012-13, 39% in 2011-12.

2015-16 Procurement Contracts: Small Enterprise Participation
 TotalSmall EnterprisesOther
Value $m 56,912.3 5,545.5 51,366.9
% 100% 10% 90%
Number 70,338 22,883 47,455
% 100% 33% 67%

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.

2015-16 Procurement Contracts: Individual Business Participation
 Total Uniquely Identified Businesses% of Total Businesses
SME 9,595 89%
Other 1,198 11%
Total 10,793 100%

* ABN exempt suppliers are excluded.


Procurement Contracts: Ratio of Goods to Services
  TotalGoodsServices
2015-16Value $m 56,912.3 24,460.2 32,452.2
% 100% 43% 57%
Number 70,338 26,520 43,818
% 100% 38% 62%
2014-15Value $m 59,447 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%

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.

2015-16 Procurement Contracts: Top 20 Categories for Goods and Services
Category TitleValue $m% of Total Value% of SME Participation
Commercial and Military and Private Vehicles and their Accessories and Components $14,964.3 26.3 6
Healthcare Services $9,750.2 17.1 4
Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services $6,992.8 12.3 65
Building and Construction and Maintenance Services $5,012.5 8.8 17
Engineering and Research and Technology Based Services $4,006 7 41
Information Technology Broadcasting and Telecommunications $3,848.3 6.8 18
Defence and Law Enforcement and Security and Safety Equipment and Supplies $2,406.9 4.2 34
Education and Training Services $2,054.6 3.6 43
Politics and Civic Affairs Services $1,380.8 2.4 38
Structures and Building and Construction and Manufacturing Components and Supplies $910.9 1.6 7
Transportation and Storage and Mail Services $704.9 1.2 31
National Defence and Public Order and Security and Safety Services $588 1 24
Fuels and Fuel Additives and Lubricants and Anti corrosive Materials $568.9 1 11
Editorial and Design and Graphic and Fine Art Services $438.1 0.8 87
Laboratory and Measuring and Observing and Testing Equipment $400.9 0.7 18
Public Utilities and Public Sector Related Services $392 0.7 60
Farming and Fishing and Forestry and Wildlife Contracting Services $304.4 0.5 54
Travel and Food and Lodging and Entertainment Services $287.9 0.5 46
Financial and Insurance Services $285.9 0.5 47
Electronic Components and Supplies $193.7 0.3% 34
Total of Top 20 55,492
2015-16 Procurement Contracts: Top 10 Agencies
 2015-16Rank
AgencyValue $m% of Total Value2015-162014-152013-14
Department of Defence* 30,553.8 53.7 1 N/A* N/A*
National Blood Authority 9,383.7 16.5 2 61 12
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 2,269.1 4 3 5 N/A*
Department of Human Services 1,828 3.2 4 7 7
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program 1,337.2 2.4 5 6 4
Department of Education and Training 1,246.6 2.2 6 28 N/A*
Department of Health 1,134.7 2 7 9 9
Department of the Environment - Australian Antarctic Division 873.7 1.5 8 48 30
Australian Taxation Office 766 1.4 9 10 10
Department of Finance 736.8 1.3 10 18 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.

2015-16 Procurement Contracts: Value of Top 10 Agencies Comparison
 Total Value $m % of Total Value
Total of top 10 agencies 50,129.6 88.1
Total of other agencies 6,782.7 11.9
Grand total of all agencies 56,912.3 100
2015-16 Procurement Contracts: SME and Small Business Participation by Agency
AgencyBusiness Size% by Value% by Number
Administrative Appeals Tribunal SME 90 66
  Small 5 34
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency SME 57 82
  Small 50 71
Attorney-General's Department SME 51 59
  Small 21 36
Austrade SME 46 41
  Small 24 22
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency SME 50 66
  Small 47 53
Australian Bureau of Statistics SME 46 62
  Small 21 33
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research SME 6 42
  Small 6 36
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity SME 46 74
  Small 32 58
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) SME 59 71
  Small 40 35
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission SME 46 42
  Small 16 25
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission SME 63 64
  Small 27 34
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Electoral Commission SME 70 71
  Small 20 41
Australian Federal Police SME 58 66
  Small 19 42
Australian Financial Security Authority SME 57 57
  Small 40 35
Australian Fisheries Management Authority SME 57 47
  Small 10 26
Australian Human Rights Commission SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Institute of Criminology SME 18 30
  Small NP NP
Australian Institute of Family Studies SME 72 77
  Small 26 35
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Law Reform Commission SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Maritime Safety Authority SME 49 87
  Small 16 48
Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) SME 91 82
  Small 84 62
Australian National Maritime Museum SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Office of Financial Management SME 41 56
  Small 39 44
Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority SME NP NP
  Small 67 77
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) SME 67 61
  Small 13 24
Australian Public Service Commission SME 76 72
  Small 56 44
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) SME 62 62
  Small 27 37
Australian Research Council SME 22 15
  Small 3 6
Australian Securities and Investments Commission SME 59 79
  Small 33 56
Australian Skills Quality Authority SME 83 67
  Small 17 34
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Australian Taxation Office SME 34 76
  Small 9 34
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) SME 63 60
  Small 30 36
Australian Transport Safety Bureau SME 8 68
  Small 4 48
Australian War Memorial SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Bureau of Meteorology SME 30 68
  Small 16 39
Cancer Australia SME 75 68
  Small 47 54
Clean Energy Regulator SME 79 81
  Small 48 51
Climate Change Authority SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Comcare SME NP NP
  Small 26 36
Commonwealth Grants Commission SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Comsuper SME 49 72
  Small 13 34
CrimTrac SME 18 67
  Small 1 21
CSIRO SME 71 63
  Small 27 30
Defence Materiel Organisation SME 15 57
  Small 5 27
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources SME 38 60
  Small 20 32
Department of Communications and the Arts SME 77 67
  Small 53 39
Department of Defence SME 18 58
  Small 8 30
Department of Education and Training SME 32 54
  Small 13 30
Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Department of Employment SME 70 71
  Small 40 42
Department of Finance SME 62 56
  Small 59 35
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade SME 45 67
  Small 9 41
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program SME 98 76
  Small 4 31
Department of Health SME 22 63
  Small 11 34
Department of Health - Therapeutic Goods Administration SME 70 65
  Small 26 31
Department of Human Services SME 39 61
  Small 15 25
Department of Immigration and Border Protection SME 44 60
  Small 20 27
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science SME 60 67
  Small 24 40
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development SME 59 62
  Small 37 37
Department of Parliamentary Services SME 52 61
  Small 16 33
Department of Social Services SME 61 58
  Small 34 31
Department of the Environment SME 31 60
  Small 8 40
Department of the Environment - Australian Antarctic Division SME 3 54
  Small 2 32
Department of the House of Representatives SME 72 61
  Small 43 24
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet SME 60 64
  Small 22 37
Department of the Senate SME 45 43
  Small 33 27
Department of the Treasury SME 77 65
  Small 13 36
Department of Veterans' Affairs SME 64 69
  Small 41 43
Digital Transformation Office SME 22 44
  Small 15 32
Director of National Parks SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Fair Work Commission SME 49 61
  Small 31 39
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court SME 18 43
  Small 6 20
Federal Court of Australia SME 81 67
  Small 6 50
Future Fund Management Agency SME 59 78
  Small 20 42
Geoscience Australia SME 51 61
  Small 24 36
Grains Research and Development Corporation SME 14 29
  Small 12 24
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority SME 50 71
  Small 30 49
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Inspector-General of Taxation SME 94 38
  Small NP NP
IP Australia SME 65 61
  Small 23 25
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal (MRT-RRT) SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Murray-Darling Basin Authority SME 69 62
  Small 40 40
National Archives of Australia SME 90 69
  Small 86 34
National Blood Authority SME 3 77
  Small 0 69
National Capital Authority SME 42 71
  Small 39 48
National Competition Council SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
National Health and Medical Research Council SME 63 61
  Small 19 29
National Health Funding Body SME 95 82
  Small 37 61
National Mental Health Commission SME 45 52
  Small 4 28
National Museum of Australia SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority SME 30 59
  Small 6 33
Office of National Assessments SME 57 65
  Small 39 42
Office of Parliamentary Counsel SME 75 61
  Small 57 31
Office of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Office of the Australian Accounting Standards Board SME 85 79
  Small 57 50
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner SME 92 64
  Small 9 25
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman SME 84 62
  Small 65 32
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions SME 55 58
  Small 31 36
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate SME 44 42
  Small 22 20
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman SME 57 75
  Small 48 52
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 77 67
  Small 46 46
Old Parliament House SME 92 83
  Small 47 63
Parliamentary Budget Office SME 22 55
  Small 11 36
Private Health Insurance Ombudsman SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Productivity Commission SME 61 57
  Small 26 31
Professional Services Review SME 34 39
  Small 19 25
Reserve Bank of Australia SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Royal Australian Mint SME 51 73
  Small 26 32
Safe Work Australia SME 64 73
  Small 31 36
Seacare SME NP NP
  Small NP NP
Social Security Appeals Tribunal SME 75 50
  Small 75 50
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency SME 73 67
  Small 51 58
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: 07 December 2016