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Open Contracting Data Standard

Australia supports the Open Contracting Data Standard, and notes the role the Standard can play in encouraging machine-readable open data formats across all areas of government.

Country: Australia

Status: ongoing

Themes: Public procurement

Last updated: December 2020


Concrete: Somewhat Concrete | New: Not New | Ambitious: Not Ambitious

  • 7 Evidence:

    What does Australia's open contracting data look like?

    The APIs return AusTender contract notice (CN) data in the OCDS-compliant schema, and includes data published from 1 January 2013


    Open Government Partnership Full National Action Plan



    OGP Criteria and Standards Subcommittee Resolution – COVID19 Pandemic

  • 8 Notes:

    The Department of Finance advised on inquiry that it has “exceeded its commitment under the OGP National Plan (2) and intends to continue to promote the data-set, including the way information is delivered, by engaging with users of the API data-set.”

    This is based on AusTender Contract notice data which includes of each contract, details about the procurement process, and of the contract awarded through the process. Enables consumers of this information to identify both procurement and contracting trends and behaviours. The OCDS API includes more than a decade of contract data, including contracts and amendments at a very low threshold, down to $10,000 and above. A review has been completed with imminent publication on Finance Department’s website.

    Updated: October 31, 2020

    Work is currently underway on the development of Australia's 3rd National Action Plan 2020-22 which submission to the Open Government Partnership has been postponed to later in the year, rather than by 31st August 2020.

    Updated: April 30, 2020

    Australia's 2nd OGP National Action Plan commitment '4.3 Expand open contracting and due diligence in procurement' is at the stage of reviewing the use and value of OCDS-compliant dataset

    Updated: October 30, 2019

    Australia's 2nd OGP National Action Plan has a dedicated commitment 4.3: Expand open contracting and due diligence in procurement

    Updated: May 30, 2019

    As the OGP note "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." OGP rate commitment 4.3 as 'on-track'.

    Peer reviewer: 1

    Updated: May 30, 2019

    Further steps on this expected to be included in 2nd OGP National Action Plan

    Updated: October 30, 2018

    The Government has agreed that the Department of Finance will "further investigate opportunities to publish existing contracting data in an OCDS compliant format to increase Australia’s compliance with the OCDS. The Government will keep the OCDS in mind when making iterative improvements to the Commonwealth Procurement Framework and the AusTender platform - specifically the data collection and publication processes and requirements - to continue to increase its compliance with the OCDS where possible and approriate to do so".

    Updated: June 30, 2018

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