Govt outsourcing gets accountable

Steps to increase public accountability and scrutiny of the Federal Government's IT outsourcing contracts have been approved by the Senate.

The new measures introduced by Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Murray will force government agencies to publish large contracts on the Internet.

This includes details of contracts worth more than $100,000, putting an end to commercial-in-confidence claims cited by agencies to avoid disclosing information to the public.

The move will assist the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee, which is currently investigating the Government's IT outsourcing initiative.

Documentation has been withheld from the committee because agencies have cited 'commercial-in-confidence' hindering investigations.

The committee's report is due in August.

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