On 20 June 2001, the Senate made an order requiring Ministers to table letters of advice that all Non Corporate Commonwealth Entities (NCCEs) they administer had placed lists of contracts on the internet.
In 2002 and 2007, the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration (the Committee) completed two inquiries into the operation of the Senate Order. These inquiries resulted in changes to the Senate Order reporting requirements.
In 2014, as part of a further inquiry into the operation of the Senate Order, the Committee recommended that NCCEs could satisfy the requirements of the Senate Order as it relates to procurement contracts by reference to AusTender. This and other recommendations were reflected in the revised Senate Order. From 1 July 2015, reports will be generated by the Department of Finance and published on AusTender.
The order and subsequent amendments require the list of contracts indicate:
Note: 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.
A listing of procurement contracts is available on the
Cost of complying with current order: approximately $2000
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.
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