Contracts

SENATE ORDER ON ENTITY CONTRACTS LISTING FOR THE 2019-20 Financial Year

All procurement contracts required to be listed pursuant to the Senate Order can be found on the AusTender Homepage under the header title Senate Order (www.tenders.gov.au).

Pursuant to the Senate Order on non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts , the downloadable file lists the procurement contracts entered into by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel  which provide for a consideration  of $100,000 or more  and which:

  • have not been fully performed as at 30 June 2020, or
  • which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June 2020.

Most of the contracts listed 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 reasons for including such clauses include:

  • ordinary commercial prudence that requires protection of trade secrets, proprietary information and the like; and/or
  • protection of other Commonwealth material and personal information.

The accountable authority of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

The estimated cost of complying with the Senate  Order is $300.  This is determined by calculating the time taken to collect, analyse and compile the information and applying salary costs and on-costs.