Senate Order on government agency contracts
Contract listing – February 2013
A significant proportion of the Department’s budget is spent on veterans' health care through a variety of standing offer arrangements with the Australian health industry, including state and territory governments. These arrangements involve over 50,000 health care providers, which include small and medium business enterprises and individual practitioners. Medicare Australia acts as DVA's paying agent for most health services, paying for some 19 million transactions annually.
As well as services to the veteran community, DVA also conducts research into veteran health issues and evaluation of its service delivery programs. DVA has a range of administrative and corporate services under contract.
Explanations of these services can be found in the DVA Annual Report
Calendar year 2012 Senate Order on departmental and agency contracts list for the period 1 January 2012 – 31 December 2012
Pursuant to the Senate Order on departmental and agency contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by DVA which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more and which
a. have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2012; or
b. which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December 2012.
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.
Estimated cost of compliance
The Department relies on AusTender to meet this mandatory reporting requirement. The Department’s internal online contracts register updates AusTender regularly, hence there are no additional overheads in complying with the Order. The estimated cost of complying with the Order is $200, based on the estimated number of hours involved in preparing and checking the listing (costed at the EL1 level within DVA enterprise agreement).