On 20 June 2001, the Senate agreed to an Order requiring each minister to table a letter advising that a list of contracts in respect of each entity administered by that minister has been placed on the Internet with access to the list through the entity home page. The letter must be tabled no later than 2 calendar months after the end of the calendar and financial years.

An amendment to the Order of 14 May 2015 requires all procurement contracts be listed in a report on the AusTender website, with non-procurement contracts to be listed on entity websites.

The contract listing includes all non-procurement contracts to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) which:

  • have been entered into during the reporting period
  • have not been fully performed as of the end of the reporting period.

The contracts listed in the Senate Order contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the confidential information of the parties that may be obtained or generated in carrying out the contract. The Privacy Act 1988 and other statutory secrecy provisions apply to agency contracts.

Cost of complying with this order

Approximately $2,000.

Basis of method used to estimate the cost of compliance: Salaries for the time spent by staff on data collection, quality assurance, management and administrative support.