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4.3 - Open contracting

Objective and description:

Australia will ensure transparency in government procurement and continue to support the Open Contracting Global Principles.

As part of this, we will publicly review the Australian Government’s compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.

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 (procurementagencyadvice@finance.gov.au)

Other actors involved: 

  • Government - All Commonwealth entities

  • Non-government - Non-government organisations (including Transparency International Australia and Publish What You Pay Australia)

Milestones:

  • Undertake review of compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.

    • February 2017 - April 2017

  • Publish review.

    • May 2017 - May 2017

  • Receive public comment on the review.

    • May 2017 - May-June 2017

  • Implement agreed measures to improve compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.

    • June 2017 - August 2017