Senate debates

Wednesday, 3 July 2024


Department of Finance; Order for the Production of Documents

4:03 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That, with reference to recommendation 12 of the Finance and Public Administration References Committee's final report on its inquiry into management and assurance of integrity by consulting services—

(1) There be laid on the table by the Minster for Finance biannual statements on expenditure on consultancy contracts which provide for consideration to the value of $2 million or more, by all Australian Public Service departments and agencies.

(2) The statements are due not later than the tenth day after the end of the preceding six-month period commencing 1 January and 1 July.

(3) Each report is to include, in relation to each contract, details of the:

(a) AusTender contract notice identification number;

(b) dollar value;

(c) subject matter;

(d) duration;

(e) contracting government agency;

(f) firm or entity providing the work;

(g) an explanation of what the contract is expected to deliver/purpose of the contract;

(h) any changes or extensions; and

(i) any matters of probity or conflict of interest that have arisen in the conduct of the work.

(4) Each report is to include the total amount of all current consultancy contracts in each agency or department.

(5) The order is of continuing effect until the Finance and Public Administration References Committee has reported to the Senate that recommendation 8 of the final report of the inquiry into management and assurance of integrity by consulting services has been implemented.

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister for the Public Service) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I move amendments to the motion as circulated in the chamber:

(1) Paragraph (2), omit "tenth day", substitute "twenty-first day".

(2) Paragraph (3)(a), omit "dollar value", substitute "contract value".

(3) Omit paragraph (3)(i), substitute:

(i) instances where a notification was received under the Supplier Code of Conduct in the conduct of the work

I thank Senator Colbeck and his office for the engagement.

Question agreed to.

4:04 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

by leave—I move the following amendment to the motion:

Omit "$2 million" in paragraph (1), substitute "$500,000".

Photo of Sue LinesSue Lines (President) Share this | | Hansard source

The question is that the amendment, as moved by Senator Waters, be agreed to.