Pursuant to the Senate Order on non-corporate Commonwealth entity contracts, agency contracts entered into by the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman, which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more and which:
- have not been fully performed as at 30 June 2018, or
- which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June 2018
are required to be listed on the AusTender website. The report is titled Senate Order on Confidentiality in Procurement Contracts by Agency.
Some 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
- protection of Commonwealth material and personal information.
The Office has estimated its cost of complying with the Senate Order is $600. This is determined by calculating the time taken to collect, analyse and compile the information and applying salary costs and on-costs.