Senate Order No 192 of 20 June 2001 (amended 27 September 2001, June 2003 and 4 December 2003) requires government agencies to publish at regular intervals a list of contracts to the value of $100,000 or more entered into during the previous twelve months. The list is also to include contracts entered into in an earlier period that have not been fully performed (i.e. which are still current), at the end of the reporting year.
The Senate Order requires the list to include:
- the name of the contractor;
- the subject matter of each contract;
- the total contract value;
- the start and end dates of the contract (contract duration); and
- details of confidentiality provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality of: (i) any of its provisions; and (ii) of any other requirements of confidentiality.
All of the Department's contracts contain the standard confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses of a general nature.
In the context of the Senate Order, 'contract' has been defined as including funding agreements, which are listed separately.
Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts
The published contracts are for the reporting period 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2013.
Department of Social Services
For details on contracts arranged by the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) please visit:
For details on contracts arranged by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) please visit:
For details on contracts arranged by Department of Human Services (DHS) please visit:
Cost of Compliance
The estimated cost of complying with the Senate Order in relation to the current list for Department of Social Services 'core' (ie. excluding SSAT) is approximately $7,000. This is based primarily on an estimate of staff hours spent at average hourly rates for data collection, liaison, analysis and management. General overhead costs are also included in this figure.
Any enquiries should be directed to Procurement and Corporate Contracts Section on (02) 6146 2925 or alternatively (02) 6146 2930.