Senate Order on Government Contracts for the Financial Year 1 July 2005 – 30 June 2006

On 20 June 2001, the Senate agreed to an order requiring each Minister to table a letter of advice that a list of contracts, in respect of each agency administered by that Minister, has been placed on the Internet, with access to the list through the departments home page. This letter must be tabled no later than two months after the last day of the financial and calendar year.

With the inclusion of recent amendments to the order, the agency is required to list details of each contract including:

  • Each contract entered into by the agency which has not been fully performed or which has been entered into the previous 12 months, and which provides for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more;
  • The contractor, consideration, commencement and expected completion dates, and the subject matter of each contract;
  • Whether each such contract contains provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality of any of its provisions, or whether any provisions of the contract are regarded by the parties as confidential, and a statement of reasons for confidentiality; and
  • An estimate of the cost of complying with this order.


Contractor Subject Matter Amounts of consideration Start date Anticipated End Date Whether contract contains provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality of any of its provisions (Y/N) Whether contract contains other requirements of confidentiality (Y/N) Reason(s)
Ross Logic Outsourcing Pty Ltd Provision of Payroll processing and HR administrative services. $143,000 28 September 2001 27 September 2006 No No
PriceWaterhouse Coopers Internal Audit $360,000 13 July 2005 12 July 2008 No No
Sungard Treasury Systems Inc. Provision of a software licence and ongoing support for a term of 5 years and implementation services. $1504,598 19 April 2002 18 April 2007 Yes Yes Protection of trade secrets, business and commercial affairs of Sungard Treasury Systems
Reuters Provision of Market Data $1,522,272 20 December 2001 19 December 2007 No No
Dell IT Refresh $251,742 7 September 2005 6 September 2009 No No
Bloomberg L.P. Provision of subscriptions to Bloomberg Service including communication charges. $260,000 15 May 2006 14 May 2008 No No

The cost of complying with the order is estimated at $918.00 based on direct employee labour cost (including on-costs).

Note 1. All AOFM contracts contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the confidential information of the parties that may be obtained or generated in carrying out the contract. The reasons for including such clauses include:

– ordinary commercial prudence that requires protection of trade secrets, proprietary information and the like, and/or

– protection of other Commonwealth material and personal information.

Note 2. For the purpose of this report the previous 12-month period has been determined as the 12-month period from 01 July 2005 to 30 June 2006.

Note 3. The estimates for all contracts listed above have been determined by the project officers based on current information.

Note 4. This list does not include details of contracts the disclosure of which would be in breach of the Privacy Act 1988.

Last updated: 19 March 2014