The Senate Order on entity contracts, also known as the Murray Motion, requires each minister to table a letter in the Senate for each reporting period, outlining compliance with the Senate Order for each entity in their portfolio.

The Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration (the Committee) has conducted a number of inquiries into the operation of the Senate Order and as a consequence, on occasion amended the Senate Order.  As a result of the 2014 inquiry, the Committee broadened the application of the Senate Order to include CCEs (excluding trading Public Non-Financial Corporations) from 1 July 2017.

The order requires relevant entities to publish a list of its contracts which provide for consideration of $100,000 or more on its Internet page and include details of:

  • each contract entered into by the Authority 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;
  • the contractor, the amount of consideration, the subject matter of each contract, the commencement date of each contract, the duration of the contract, the relevant reporting period and the twelve-month period relating to the contract listings;
  • 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 reasons for confidentiality; and
  • an estimate of the cost of complying with this order and a statement of the method used to make the estimate.

HSRA is a prescribed corporate Commonwealth entity listed in S30 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (prescribed CCEs).

For the purposes of the Senate Order, the Agency’s procurements are available through the Senate Order page located on AusTender(Opens in a new tab/window).

The Agency’s Accountable Authority has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.