Meeting the Senate Order on Entity Contracts

On 20 June 2001, the Senate made an order requiring Ministers to twice a year table letters of advice that all Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 agencies, now non-corporate Commonwealth entities, they administer had placed lists of its contracts on the internet. Letters would refer to contracts (and contract listings) from the respective preceding calendar or financial year. Contract listings would include contracts valued at or above $100,000 (GST inclusive), along with details relating to each of those contracts. This Senate Order is called the Senate Order on Entity Contracts and is also known as the Murray Motion.

This guide assists entities in meeting the Senate Order. It replaces FMG No. 8 Guidance on the Listing of Contract Details on the Internet published in June 2004.

Recent changes to the Senate Order resulting from the latest inquiry into its operation are reflected in this guide. Including:

  • Entities must now refer to AusTender Senate Order reports external link for procurement contract information. The internet listing should still contain all other contracts including those formed through grants, sales of goods/services by an entity, disposals by an entity, and other financial arrangements.
  • From 1 July 2017, the Senate Order will apply to corporate Commonwealth entities (CCEs), excluding trading Public Non-Financial Corporations; and will require assurances from relevant accountable authorities. 

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Last updated: 16 February 2017