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Expand open contracting and due diligence in procurement

Overall status:

Lead implementing agency/actor

Department of Finance


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?

Under Commitment 4.3 of Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan, the Government assessed its compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard. Following this assessment and a public consultation process, the Government agreed to progress options to increase its compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard by publishing AusTender contracting data in an OCDS-compliant schema.

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.

What is the commitment? 

Australia will progress the publication of existing federal Government procurement data using the Open Contracting Data Standard schema to publish an additional AusTender dataset on data.gov.au.

We will then assess the use and value of that data for relevant purposes and to relevant user groups including government, business and civil society. 

Additionally, Australia will review existing procurement due diligence processes, report on the outcomes of the review, and consider opportunities to further support the Open Government Partnership values of transparency and accountability.

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?

This commitment will build on the Open Contracting commitment in the original Open Government National Action Plan.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?

This commitment will advance the OGP values of transparency, accountability and access to government information.

Current status

On track


Department of Finance - procurementagencyadvice@finance.gov.au

Other stakeholders

State actors involved - Australian Government entities bound by the Commonwealth Procurement Framework.

CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups - Transparency International Australia, Open Contracting Partnership.

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Implementation Period Status

Publish additional OCDS-compliant dataset on data.gov.au

Underway - Q4 2018 Completed

Engage with stakeholders in government, business and civil society to promote the publication of additional dataset

Q4 2018 - Q2 2019 On-track

Review existing due diligence processes of relevant Commonwealth entities and publish outcome of review

Q1 2019 - Q4 2019 On-track

Review use and value of OCDS-compliant dataset

Q3 2019 - Q4 2019 Not yet commenced

Implement additional measures (if required)

Q1 2020 - Q2 2020 Not yet commenced
Last updated: 12/02/2019

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