The plan lists expected contract opportunities for the next 12 months. It aims to increase industry's advance knowledge of IP Australia's requirements.
On 20 June 2001, the Senate agreed to an Order requiring each Minister to table a letter advising that a list of contracts, in respect of each entity administered by that Minister, has been placed on the internet, with access to the list through the agency’s website. The letter must be tabled no later than two calendar months after the last day of the financial and calendar year. IP Australia’s response forms part of the Portfolio’s letter to the Minister.
The Order and subsequent amendments (2002, 2003 and 2014) require that the list of contracts include details of:
- Each contract entered into by the agency which has not been fully performed or which has been entered into in the previous 12 months, and which provides for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive)
- The contractor, the amount of the consideration and the subject matter of each contract
- Reporting of ‘date’ information on the listing, including:
- Contract commencement date
- Contract end date (identified or anticipated)
- The relevant reporting period covered by the listing.
- Whether each such contract contains provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality of any of its provisions, or whether there are any other requirements of confidentiality, and a statement of the reasons for confidentiality
- An estimate of the cost of complying with this order and a statement of the method used to make the estimate.
All IP Australia’s procurement contracts can be found through the Senate Order button on AusTender. The report is titled ‘Senate Order on Confidentiality in Procurement Contracts by Agency’.
The contracts listed in the AusTender reporting contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature 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 accountable authority of IP Australia has assured that, based on the information available as a result of reasonable enquiries undertaken by officers in the agency, the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.
Legal services expenditure
The total legal services expenditure for IP Australia in the 2017-18 financial year (GST exclusive) was:
External legal services expenditure: $1,323,316.95
Internal legal services expenditure: $1,146,474.57
Total legal services expenditure: $2,469,791.52