On 20 June 2001, the Senate agreed to an Order requiring Ministers to table a letter, stating that all Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA) agencies falling under their responsibility have placed on the internet a list of contracts of $100,000 (GST inclusive) or more which are current or entered into during the previous twelve months. The Order has been amended a number of times, the most recent being in December 2003.
The Senate Order requires the letter from the Minister to be tabled twice yearly, and no later than 31 August, in the case of the financial year listing and no later than 28 February (29 in a leap year), for the calendar year listing.
The Order specifies that the contract listing is to indicate:
- the relevant reporting period;
- the estimated cost of complying with the order and method used to make this estimate;
- the following details for each contract over $100,000 (GST inclusive) entered into by the agency which has not been fully performed, or which was entered into during the previous 12 months:
- contract value;
- contract description;
- commencement and completion dates;
- confidentiality provisions or confidentiality requirements; and
- reasons for confidentiality.
ConfidentialityFor the purposes of this list, “other requirements of confidentiality” means where there are any other requirements, which require the provisions of the contract itself, or parts of it, to be kept confidential.
Confidentiality clauses of a general nature are included in all Department of Health standard form contracts, i.e. they all contain clauses requiring the contractor to maintain confidentiality of Commonwealth confidential information and to protect personal information.
Please note: requests by members of the public for access to government information, including details of any of the contracts listed in Senate Order 192 will be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
Costs to complyThe total cost of compliance for the Department for the 2013 calendar year compilation was estimated at $44,000. The method used to calculate this estimate was based on the nominal salary level of each staff member involved, the hours dedicated to the task and associated on-costs.
Contracts information:In the 2013 calendar year (1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013) the Department identified 3123 contracts with individual values of over $100,000 (GST inclusive).
The contract listings for other FMA agencies within the Health portfolio are available below:
- Australian National Preventive Health Agency
- Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
- Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
- Cancer Australia
- Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
- National Blood Authority
- National Health Funding Body
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- National Health Performance Authority
- National Mental Health Commission
- The Organ and Tissue Authority
- Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
- Professional Services Review
Current Report:List of Contracts for the 2013 Calendar Year Response to Senate Order 192 (Murray Motion) (Excel 294 KB)
List of Contracts for the 2013 Calendar Year Response to Senate Order 192 (Murray Motion) (PDF 675 KB)
ArchiveList of Contracts for the 2012-13 Financial Year Response to Senate Order 192 (Murray Motion) (Excel 484 KB)
List of Contracts for the 2012-13 Financial Year Response to Senate Order 192 (Murray Motion) (PDF 9877 KB)
List of Contracts for the 2012 Calendar Year Response to Senate Order 192 (Murray Motion) (Excel 592 KB)
List of Contracts for the 2012 Calendar Year Response to Senate Order 192 (Murray Motion) (PDF1198 KB)
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