Open Government Partnership – Australia

4.3 - Open contracting

Overall status:
On-track

This commitment is to review the Australian Government’s compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.

The Open Contracting Data Standard sets out key documents and data that should be published at each stage of government procurement. 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.

Current status

Finance has engaged an independent service provider to undertake the review of the Australian Government’s compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard. The review is expected to be completed and report finalised by mid-2017. The report will then be released for public comment.

Finance will consolidate feedback following the public comment process, then report to Government the review outcome as well as any potential improvement measures for implementation.

Contact

Department of Finance

Email: procurementagencyadvice@finance.gov.au

Other stakeholders

Government: All Commonwealth entities

Non-Government:

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Status

Undertake review of compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard. (To be completed mid 2017)

On-track

Publish review and receive public comment on the review. (Mid 2017)

Not yet commenced

Report review outcome to Government, as well as any potential improvement measures for implementation. (Late 2017)

Not yet commenced
Last updated: 24/07/2017

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