Senate Order 13 for Entity Contracts requires Commonwealth entities to publish on the internet lists of contracts with a value of $100,000 (GST inclusive) or more.
The Order covers contracts for the procurement of goods and services, grants and other financial arrangements such as lease agreements (property rent).
The total amount of consideration refers to the full amount that is anticipated to be paid or received over the life of the contract. In most cases, the total dollar value is projected over multiple years.
Senate order for entity contracts listing relating to the period 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018
Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:
- have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2018, or
- which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December 2018.
Most of the contracts listed 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.
The accountable authority of the NDIA has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.
The estimated cost of complying with this Order: $51,438
This estimate was based on the amount of hours contributed by all involved parties in consideration and publication of the Murray Motion listing.
Additional Information Senate Order on Entity Contracts
28 February 2019
The Murray Motion requires Commonwealth entities to publish details of contracts with a value of $100,000 or more, twice a year during the relevant 12 month reporting period.
Accordingly, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has identified the individual contracts that meet the requirements of the Murray Motion and fall into the reporting period from 1 January to 31 December 2018.
It is important to note that the total reportable commitments figure does not represent commitments made for one year but reflect those across prior, current and future calendar years.
The information should be considered in the context of significant growth (almost 72%) in participant levels within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) over the same period. Notably, the number of NDIS participants has grown by over 100,000 to 244,653 as at 31 December 2018 from 142,266 participants as of 31 December 2017.
In the interests of transparency regarding the roll-out of the NDIS, the NDIA is committed to providing enhanced data. As a result, comparisons have been conducted between reporting for the previous 12-month reporting period (1 January – 31 December 2017) and this reporting period (1 January – 31 December 2018). The following reporting period highlights are provided for ease of reference:
- The Agency has considerably diminished its use of, and reliance on, consultants and continues to drive reduced spending against this activity. Notably, less than 2.9% or 45 of reportable contracts relate to a consultancy service. This is 43% reduction in use of consultancy contracts from the comparable 2017 reporting period.
- Overall growth in total reportable contracts has occurred across the Agency which reflects the on-boarding of additional providers and labour-hire to continue the NDIS roll-out.
- The majority of this procurement, 87%, relates to activity designed to improve NDIS service quality, experience and options for Participants, their carers and families.
- Additionally, there was an increase of 10% for property leases which is attributable to the growth of the Agency in line with planned roll-outs across the country.
- There was an 11% increase in grant agreements, reflecting the roll out of further Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant rounds. This included rounds with a focus on rural and remote communities.
- 66.71% of the contracts are for temporary labour-hire services. Increased activity linked to the transitional projects and rollout requirements has initiated a surge in demand for supplementary support.
Contract commitment data provided publically as part of the Murray Motion disclosure does not match the actual financial reporting of the NDIA for a number of reasons. Contracts valued under $100,000 and those that ended during the reporting period but that were commenced in previous reporting periods are excluded from the data.
As of January 2019, more than 250,000 Australians are benefitting from the NDIS as it rolls out across the country, with 460,000 expected to benefit at full Scheme. Of these over, 78,000 people are receiving disability supports for the first time. This has been achieved by a strong focus on delivering an improved experience for participants.
The NDIA takes the prudent management of its finances extremely seriously as part of our approach to delivering a sustainable and effective scheme for Australians living with a disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is, and remains, under budget, as it has done every financial year to date since its inception.