Transparency in Commonwealth Government Procurement

Principles

1. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring accountability and transparency in its procurement activities.  This is achieved through appropriate reporting of procurement activity, and the use of confidentiality provisions in contracts only where justified.

2. Requirements for reporting of Australian Government Procurement currently derive from:

    • The Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) which requires the use of AusTender by all non-corporate Commonwealth entities for reporting all Commonwealth contracts and entity agreements (including standing offer arrangements and amendments to these arrangements) of $10,000 and above.
    • The Senate Order for Departmental and  Entity Contracts (the Senate Order), requires relevant entities make available through their internet site, a list of all contracts to the value of $100,000 or more entered into or not fully performed during the previous twelve months.  The Senate Order specifies that the list indicates for each contract whether any confidentiality provisions have been agreed, and if so, the reasons for the confidentiality arrangements.
    • The requirements for Entity Annual Reports, include a statement detailing:
        • the number of new consultancy services contracts let during the year;
        • the total actual expenditure of all new consultancy contracts let during the year;
        • the number of ongoing consultancy contracts that were active in the reporting year; and
        • the total actual expenditure in the reporting year on the ongoing consultancy contracts.

Last updated: 03 January 2019