Thank you for visiting this website. In the period preceding an election, the Australian Government assumes a caretaker role.

The Department of Social Services hosts this website and the department will manage it in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions.

Departmental Contract Listing

The Senate Order on departmental and agency contracts 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 (that is, 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.

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 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 Department of Social Services has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

In the context of the Senate Order, 'contract' has been defined as including Grants, which are listed separately.

The published contracts are for the reporting period 1 January – 31 December 2021.

Department of Social Services lists:

For details on other portfolio lists 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' is approximately $2,700. 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 the Procurement and Corporate Contracts Section at

Last updated: