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. NDIA have provided additional guidance comprised of actual costs and uncommitted costs. That is, funds already expended, and funds projected to be spent but not yet expended.
In most cases, the total dollar value is projected over multiple years.
Additionally, the list includes grants which the NDIA has paid to Australian businesses, community groups, researchers and charities who are working to grow opportunities for people with disability to be better connected into their communities. These grants, known as Information, Linkages and Community (ILC) are an enduring feature of the NDIS.
ILC grants have been awarded across a great spread of projects, with initiatives spanning education, employment, social participation, cultural awareness, sport and health.
2017 Senate Order for Entity Contracts Listing relating to the period 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018
Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by National Disability Insurance Agency which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:
- have not been fully performed as at 30 June 2017, or
- which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June 2017.
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 contracts set out in the above table may, in some instances, contain provisions that are not appropriately classified as confidential having regard to the Department of Finance guidance titled Confidentiality throughout the Procurement Cycle, noting that the appropriateness of confidentiality provisions may change throughout a contracts lifetime. The Estimated cost of complying with this Order: $34,351
This estimate was based on the amount of hours contributed by all involved parties in consideration and publication of the Senate Order 13 listing.