Australian Government, the Australian Office of Financial Management

SENATE ORDER ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 1 January 2009 – 31 December 2009

On 20 June 2001, the Senate agreed to an order requiring each Minister to table a letter of advice that a list of contracts, in respect of each agency administered by that Minister, has been placed on the Internet, with access to the list through the departments home page. This letter must be tabled no later than two months after the last day of the financial and calendar year.

With the inclusion of recent amendments to the order, the agency is required to list details of each contract including:

  • Each contract entered into by the agency which has not been fully performed or which has been entered into the previous 12 months, and which provides for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more;
  • The contractor, consideration, commencement and expected completion dates, and the subject matter of each contract;
  • Whether each such contract contains provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality of any of its provisions, or whether any provisions of the contract are regarded by the parties as confidential, and a statement of reasons for confidentiality; and
  • An estimate of the cost of complying with this order.

Contractor

Subject Matter

Estimated Consideration (incl. GST)

Start Date

Expected End Date

Whether contract contains provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality of any of its provisions (Yes/No)

Whether contract contains other requirements of confidentiality (Yes/No)

Reason(s)

Austraclear Limited

Participation in the Austraclear system

$492,810

19 February 2009

30 June 2012

No

No

 

Bloomberg L.P.

Subscription to financial news and data services

$510,727

15 May 2006

14 May 2010

No

No

 

Citi Group Global Markets

Syndication fees for debt issuance

$440,000

30 September 2009

08 October 2009

No

No

 

Dell

Provision of IT equipment and associated maintenance services

$254,954

7 September 2005

06 September 2010

No

No

 

Deutsche Bank AG Sydney Branch

Syndication fees for debt issuance

$1,760,000

30 September 2009

08 October 2009

No

No

 

JP Morgan Aust Ltd

Syndication fees for debt issuance

$440,000

30 September 2009

08 October 2009

No

No

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Internal audit

$698,442

01 July 2005

30 June 2010

Yes

Yes

Confidentiality of business information.

Reserve Bank of Australia

Securities registry services

$1,086,834

01 July 2008

30 June 2010

No

No

 

RBS Group (Aust) P/L

Syndication fees for debt issuance

$1,760,000

30 September 2009

08 October 2009

No

No

 

Standard & Poor’s

Ratings services

$150,845

14 February 2007

13 February 2011

No

Yes

Intellectual Property.

Sungard Treasury Systems Inc.

Provision of software and ongoing support.

$2,952,911

19 April 2002

18 April 2012

Yes

Yes

Confidentiality of business information.

Thomson Reuters

Provision of financial market data.

$3,098,055

20 December 2001

19 December 2011

No

No

 

UBS AG Australia Branch

Syndication fees for debt issuance

$1,760,000

30 September 2009

08 October 2009

No

No

 

Westpac Institutional Bank

Syndication fees for debt issuance

$440,000

30 September 2009

08 October 2009

No

No

 

The cost of complying with the order is estimated at $694 based on direct employee labour cost (including on-costs).

Note 1. All AOFM contracts 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.

Note 2. For the purpose of this report the previous 12 month period has been determined as the 12 month period from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

Note 3. The estimates for all contracts listed above have been determined by the project officers based on current information.

Note 4. This list does not include details of contracts the disclosure of which would be in breach of the Privacy Act 1988

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