Government contracts

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Briefing paper

Review of COVID-19 vaccine and treatment purchasing and procurement: executive summary and recommendations

Professor Jane Halton AO has submitted the final report of her independent review of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine and treatment procurements to the Albanese Government. This publication contains the executive summary and recommendations from the report.
Report

Amazon: the world’s largest company is subsidised by you

Amazon is widely known globally for its online retail sales and delivery, but Amazon’s profits are primarily driven by cloud computing and rely heavily on contracts with governments. This report reveals the growth and scale of Amazon’s government contracts and calls for action by governments...
Report

Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability - Future Submarine Acquisition: a shambles - we don't think, we know

This report examines the AUKUS announcement and the cancellation of the agreement with Naval Group to build the Attack-class boats, in addition to providing an update on the Department of Defence's accountability and transparency.
Report

'Lead me to the harbour!': plotting Darwin harbour's future course

In this report, the authors seek to move Australia’s public policy discourse on the future of Darwin port beyond a binary choice. In doing so, they consider the harbour’s history, the nature of its strategic importance to Australia and our allies, and opportunities for its...
Report

Build it here: the economic cost of offshoring major transport projects in New South Wales

This report quantifies the forgone local economic activity to New South Wales resulting from offshoring major projects, through an examination of six major procurements made by the NSW government.
Report

Australia's sovereign naval shipbuilding capability: interim report

The Senate Economics References Committee has produced this interim report because it has become increasingly concerned about the status of the Future Submarine Program (FSP) and the Department of Defence's lack of responsiveness, in terms of providing information on the project.
Report

Megabang for megabucks: driving a harder bargain on megaprojects

Taxpayers end up paying too much for major road and rail projects in Australia because governments don’t drive a hard bargain on contracts with the big construction firms. This report argues that federal and state governments should stop worrying about the profitability of the industry...
Report

The promise of social procurement: leveraging purchasing power to create inclusive employment opportunities

Using the State of Victoria as a case study, this paper demonstrates that linking employment policy objectives to public procurement has considerable potential, provided certain conditions are met.
Policy report

Reassessing contracting-out: lessons from the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Inquiry

Drawing on evidence from the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, this policy brief aims is to lay the foundations for better understanding the features and limits of contracting-out, and to urge reassessment of its appropriateness in relation to government functions that carry significant consequences for public...
Report

Value added: how better government procurement can build a fairer Britain

A staggering 25 of the UK government’s 34 'strategic suppliers' have operations in tax havens, according to this report, which explores how central government could use public procurement more effectively to bring about a fairer economy.
Journal article

Social impact bonds: a letter from the frontline – part 2

Part 2 of Elyse Sainty’s letter from the frontline of Australia’s foray into social impact bonds outlines her ‘thoughts and prayers’ for their future.
Commentary

Public service, private interests

Cut short by the election, a parliamentary inquiry was beginning to probe the hidden costs of contracting out of government functions.
Guide

Australian government contract management guide

This guide replaces the Australian National Audit Office’s Developing and Managing Contracts Better Practice Guide. It provides guidance at a practitioner level for Commonwealth officials who manage contracts.
Policy report

Black economy – increasing the integrity of government procurement

This procurement connected policy outlines the key components of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to increase the integrity of government procurement, as recommended in the Black Economy Taskforce’s final report.
Report

West Gate Tunnel Project and CityLink tolls: independent advice based on public information

This report provides detailed analysis of the CityLink and the West Gate Tunnel projects. For ease of reading, the detailed toll revenue modelling approach and key assumptions are contained in appendices, but are important to the independent advice.
Report

2030 and beyond: getting the work of government done

This paper explores APS commissioning and contracting and how it deploys these tools to pursue outcomes. It sets out a vision for an APS that has transitioned from a procurement mindset and adopted approaches that allow it to fully leverage the potential within the APS...