Open Government Partnership Australia

4.3 - Open contracting


4.3 - Open contracting

This commitment is to review the 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.

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Period Status

Undertake review of compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard.

Feb-Apr 2017 Completed

Publish review and receive public comment on the review.

May-Jun 2017 Completed but delayed

Implement measures to improve compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard (if required).

Jun-Aug 2017 Completed but delayed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Updated date: 10 July 2020