A recent report by the National Audit Office reports that the number of confidentiality clauses in Federal contracts has generally declined, however, it found that the misuse of confidentiality provisions in contracts remains at a level for concern.
The objective of this audit was to assess the appropriateness of the use of confidentiality provisions in Australian Government contracts.
The report concluded that it seems line staff within agencies do not adequately understand the new accountability framework surrounding government contracting.
The Government’s policy is that agencies should not treat contracting information as confidential, unless there is a sound reason for doing so.
Click on this link for a full copy of the report Senate Order for Departmental and Agency Contracts (Calendar Year 2006 Compliance)