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Expand Open Contracting (AU0023)



Action Plan: Australia Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Department of Finance

Support Institution(s): Australian Government entities bound by the Commonwealth Procurement Framework. Transparency International Australia. Open Contracting Partnership.

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Anti-Corruption, E-Government, Open Contracting and Public Procurement, Open Data, Public Procurement

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Expand open contracting and due diligence in procurement
Commitment Start and End Date
September 2078-August 2020
Lead implementing agency/actor
Department of Finance
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
Under Commitment 4.3 of Australia's first Open Government National Action Plan, the Government assessed its compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard. Following this assessment and a public consultation process, the Government agreed to progress options to increase its compliance with the Open Contracting Data Standard by publishing AusTender contracting data in an OCDS-compliant schema.
The Open Contracting Data Standard sets out key documents and data that should be published at each stage of government procurement. The Standard enables disclosure of data and documents at all stages of the contracting process by defining a common data model. It was created to support organisations to increase contracting transparency, and allow deeper analysis of contracting data by a wide range of users.
What is the commitment?
Australia will progress the publication of existing federal Government procurement data using the Open Contracting Data Standard schema to publish an additional AusTender dataset on
We wi 11 then assess the use and vaIue of that data for relevant purposes and to relevant user groups including government. business and civil society.
Additionally, Australia will review existing procurement due diligence processes. report on the outcomes of the review. and consider opportunities to further support the Open Government Partnership values of transparency and accountability
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?
This commitment will build on the Open Contracting commitment in the original Open Government National Action Plan
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
This commitment will advance the OGP values of transparency.
accountability and access to government information.
Additional information
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
Publish additional OCDS-compliant dataset on
Underway – 12/31/2018
Engage with stakeholders in government. business and civil society to promote the publication of additional dataset
10/1/2018 – 6/30/2019
Review existing due diligence processes of relevant Commonwealth entities and publish outcome of review
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2019
Review use and value of OCDS-compliant dataset
7/1/2019 – 12/31/2019
Implement additional measures (if required)
1/1/2020 – 6/30/2020
Contact information
Department of Finance
Email and Phone
Other Actors Involved
Australian Government entities bound by the Commonwealth Procurement Framework.
Transparency International Australia. Open Contracting Partnership.


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    AU0016, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  2. Political Donation Transparency

    AU0017, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Data Sharing

    AU0018, 2018, Access to Information

  4. Improve Public Service Practice

    AU0019, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Access to Information

    AU0020, 2018, Access to Information

  6. Enhance Public Engagement Skills in the Public Service

    AU0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Independent Review of the Australian Public Service

    AU0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Expand Open Contracting

    AU0023, 2018, Access to Information

  9. Whiste-Blower Protections

    AU0001, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  10. Beneficial Ownership Transparency

    AU0002, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  11. Extractive Industries Transparency

    AU0003, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  12. Combating Corporate Crime

    AU0004, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  13. Data Innovation

    AU0005, 2016, Access to Information

  14. Public Trust in Data Sharing

    AU0006, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Digitization of Government Services

    AU0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Information Management and Access Laws

    AU0008, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Freedom of Information

    AU0009, 2016, Access to Information

  18. Access to Government Data

    AU0010, 2016, Access to Information

  19. Electoral System and Political Parties

    AU0011, 2016, Political Integrity

  20. National Integrity Framework

    AU0012, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  21. Open Contracting

    AU0013, 2016, Access to Information

  22. OGP NAP

    AU0014, 2016, Public Participation

  23. Public Participation

    AU0015, 2016, Capacity Building

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