Open Government Partnership – Australia

4.3 - Open Contracting

We will undertake a public review of the Australian Government’s compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.

Objective
Australia will review compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard and continue to support the Open Contracting Global Principles.

Status Quo

The Open Contracting Data Standard sets out key documents and data that should be published at each stage of government procurement and is seen as the international benchmark. The Standard enables disclosure of data and documents at all stages of the contracting process by defining a common data model. It was created to support organisations to increase contracting transparency, and allow deeper analysis of contracting data by a wide range of users.

In line with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, Australian Government entities are required to report all procurement contracts with a value of $10,000 or more on AusTender. However, there has not been a formal assessment of the extent to which current practice meets the requirements of the Open Contracting Data Standard.

At the UK Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016, the Australian Government stated its support of the Open Contracting Data Standard and noted the role that the Standard could play in encouraging machine-readable open data formats across all areas of government.

Ambition
To enhance transparency and accountability of public money in delivering public contracts.

Relevance
This commitment will advance the OGP values of access to information and public accountability by demonstrating transparency and accountability in relation to the procurement of goods and services on behalf of the Government.

OGP Grand Challenge

  • Increasing Public Integrity
  • More Effectively Managing Public Resources

Timeframes
February 2017 – August 2017

Lead agency
Department of Finance

Other actors involved
Government: All Commonwealth entities

Non-government: Transparency International Australia and Publish What You Pay

Milestones

  1. Undertake review of compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.
    • February - April 2017
  2. Publish review.
    • May 2017
  3. Receive public comment on the review.
    • May - June 2017
  4. Implement measures to improve compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard (if required).
    • June - August 2017