Statistics on Australian Government Procurement Contracts

AusTender is the Commonwealth Government’s procurement information system. Suppliers and other interested parties seeking information on Commonwealth procurement can visit the AusTender website www.tenders.gov.au.

To demonstrate transparency and accountability of Commonwealth procurement, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules require that entities subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) report their procurement contracts on AusTender. Specifically, non-corporate Commonwealth entities (NCE) are required to report notices of their procurement contracts and standing offer arrangements with a value of $10,000 or more; prescribed corporate Commonwealth entities (CCE) are also required to report certain contracts and standing offers.

As of 1 July 2014, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) replaced the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act) and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) in relation to procurement reporting obligations.

The following data presents aggregated information that has been extracted from AusTender. It reflects contractual information reported during the relevant financial year in accordance with entities' procurement publishing obligations, and does not represent actual expenditure.

The data includes some procurement information for agencies that are not required by the policy to report their contracts. It does not contain details of contracts exempt from notification by the Chief Executive of an agency.

Total Procurement Contracts Reported
Financial YearValue $mNumber of Contracts
2016-17 47,354.7 64,092
2015-16 56,912.3 70,338
2014-15 59,447 69,236
2013-14 48,921.1 66,047
2012-13 39,257.5 67,854
2011-12 41,797.6 82,301
2010-11 32,641.4 79,286
2009-10 42,694.3 80,969
2008-09 32,962.4 85,870
2016-17 Procurement Contracts by Value Threshold
ThresholdValue $b% of Total ValueNumber of Contracts % of Total Number
Below $80,000 1.3 2.8% 41,962 65.5%
$80,000 and above 46.0 97.2% 22,130 34.5%
$80,00 - $249,999 1.7 3.6% 11,815 18.4%
$250,000 - $999,999 3.3 7.0% 7,216 11.3%
$1m - $4.999m 4.9 10.3% 2,302 3.6%
$5m and above 36.1 76.3% 797 1.2%

Note: Entities are required to report on AusTender procurement contracts valued at $10,000 and above. Under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, additional rules apply to procurements valued at or above $80,000, other than Construction procurements, where a $9 million threshold applies.

2016-17 Procurement Contracts: Overseas
 TotalOverseas*
Value $m 47,354.7 6,473.7
% 100% 13.7%
Number 64,092 3,010
% 100% 4.7%

*Contracts identified by entities as primarily or entirely based outside Australia.

2016-17 Procurement Contracts: SME Participation
 TotalSMEOther
Value $m 47,354.7 12,309.0 35,045.7
% 100% 26% 74%
Number 64,092 38,649 25,443
% 100% 60% 40%

Note: The Government’s target for SME participation by contract value is 10%. SME participation for previous years was 24% in 2015-16 28% in 2014-15, 34% in 2013-14, 32% in 2012-13.

2016-17 Procurement Contracts: Small Business Participation
 TotalSmall EnterprisesOther
Value $m 47,354.7 5,805 41,546.2
% 100% 12% 88%
Number 64,092 21,311 42,781
% 100% 33% 67%

Note: An SME is defined as a business which has less than 200 employees and operates independently of any parent organisation for taxation arrangements. A small business is defined as a business with fewer than 20 employees.

SME and Small Business Participation Trends
 SMESmall BusinessTotal
Financial Year Value $m Number of Contracts Value $m Number of Contracts Value $m Number of Contracts
2016-17 12,309.0 38,649 5,808.5 21,311 47,354.7 64,092
2015-16 13,680.1 42,737 5,545.5 22,883 56,912.3 70,338
2014-15 16,715.8 41,151 5,805.8 23,540 59,447.0 69,236

Note: Small Business is a subset of SME.

2016-17 Procurement Contracts: Individual Business* Participation
 Total Uniquely Identified Businesses% of Total Businesses
SME 9,196 89%
Other 1,166 11%
Total 10,362 100%

* ABN exempt suppliers are excluded.

Procurement Contracts: Ratio of Goods to Services
  TOTALGoodsServices
2016-17 Value $m 47,354.7 20,417.8 26,936.9
% 100% 43% 57%
Number 64,092 22,593 41,499
% 100% 35% 65%
2015-16 Value $m 56,912.3 24,460.2 32,452.2
% 100% 43% 57%
Number 70,338 26,520 43,818
% 100% 38% 62%
2014-15 Value $m 59,447.0 20,097.8 39,349.2
% 100% 34% 66%
Number 69,236 26,444 42,792
% 100% 38% 62%
2013-14 Value $m 48,921.1 18,886.4 30,034.7
% 100% 39% 61%
Number 66047 24,822 41,225
% 100% 38% 62%

Note:  The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) is used by agencies to categorise their contracts to a specific industry sector. Please refer to AusTender at www.tenders.gov.au for detailed sectoral information.

2016-17 Procurement Contracts: Top 20 Categories for Goods and Services
Category TitleValue $m% of Total Value% of SME Participation
Commercial and Military and Private Vehicles and their Accessories and Components 12,473.1 26.3 7
Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services 9,164.3 19.4 44
Building and Construction and Maintenance Services 5,487.9 11.6 12
Information Technology Broadcasting and Telecommunications 3,304.2 7.0 44
Engineering and Research and Technology Based Services 3,196.7 6.7 45
Defence and Law Enforcement and Security and Safety Equipment and Supplies 2,767.1 5.8 27
Travel and Food and Lodging and Entertainment Services 2,619.0 5.5 1
Education and Training Services 1,705.8 3.6 24
Healthcare Services 1,338.4 2.8 15
Public Utilities and Public Sector Related Services 861.3 1.8 37
Politics and Civic Affairs Services 690.3 1.5 53
Transportation and Storage and Mail Services 650.3 1.4 47
Financial and Insurance Services 381.1 0.8 35
Laboratory and Measuring and Observing and Testing Equipment 267.3 0.6 75
National Defence and Public Order and Security and Safety Services 266.7 0.6 42
Environmental Services 248.2 0.5 60
Structures and Building and Construction and Manufacturing Components and Supplies 179.4 0.4 22
Electronic Components and Supplies 163.7 0.3 64
Chemicals including Bio Chemicals and Gas Materials 162.6 0.3 1
Drugs and Pharmaceutical Products 155.0 0.3 7
Total of Top 20 46,082.4    
2016-17 Procurement Contracts: Top 10 Agencies
 2016-17RANK
Agency Value $m % of total Value 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14
Department of Defence* 32,721.7 69.1 1 1 N/A*
Commonwealth of Australia# 2,555.5 5.4 2 Null Null
Department of Education and Training 1,347.9 2.9 3 6 28
Department of Health 1,183.8 2.5 4 7 9
Department of Human Services 1,122.9 2.4 5 4 7
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 1,016.6 2.2 6 3 5
Australian Taxation Office 713.1 1.5 7 9 10
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program 565.6 1.2 8 5 6
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 519.8 1.1 9 11 14
Department of the Environment and Energy 432.6 0.9 10 N/A* N/A*

*The formation of new entities following Machinery of Government changes means they can’t be compared to entities of previous financial years.

#The Whole of Australian Government Air Travel Services published under the Commonwealth of Australia, includes entities estimate of air travel spend across a five year period from 2016 to 2021.

2016-17 Procurement Contracts: Value of Top 10 Agencies Comparison
 Total Value $m% of Total Value
Total of top 10 agencies 42,179.5 89.1
Total of other agencies 5,175.2 10.9
Grand total of all agencies 47,354.7 100.0
2016-17 Procurement Contracts: SME and Small Business Participation by Agency
AgencyBusiness Size% by Value% by Number
Administrative Appeals Tribunal SME 93 65
Small 74 29
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency SME 79 84
Small 39 48
Attorney-General's Department SME 44 63
Small 25 39
Austrade SME 25 45
Small 14 28
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency SME 52 59
Small 27 43
Australian Building and Construction Commission SME 24 44
Small 9 24
Australian Bureau of Statistics SME 40 56
Small 26 34
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research SME 8 40
Small 8 35
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity SME 33 74
Small 5 44
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) SME 55 62
Small 21 29
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission SME 30 35
Small 21 25
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission SME 42 63
Small 18 32
Australian Electoral Commission SME 77 67
Small 41 36
Australian Federal Police SME 60 67
Small 34 45
Australian Financial Security Authority SME 43 52
Small 19 30
Australian Fisheries Management Authority SME 51 50
Small 34 29
Australian Human Rights Commission SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Australian Institute of Criminology SME 54 54
Small 43 38
Australian Institute of Family Studies SME 59 57
Small 32 34
Australian Law Reform Commission SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Australian Maritime Safety Authority SME NP NP
Small 27 46
Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) SME 90 87
Small 73 65
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Australian Office of Financial Management SME 51 48
Small 51 45
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) SME 69 44
Small 3 18
Australian Public Service Commission SME 51 70
Small 31 40
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) SME 60 60
Small 46 42
Australian Research Council SME 39 32
Small 14 13
Australian Securities and Investments Commission SME 73 74
Small 31 51
Australian Skills Quality Authority SME 37 63
Small 10 36
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) SME 30 63
Small 14 36
Australian Taxation Office SME 47 66
Small 29 39
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) SME 83 65
Small 74 38
Australian Transport Safety Bureau SME 60 58
Small 29 36
Australian War Memorial SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Bureau of Meteorology SME 56 58
Small 36 34
Cancer Australia SME 48 53
Small 38 40
Clean Energy Regulator SME 92 87
Small 75 63
Comcare SME 75 74
Small 30 47
Commonwealth Grants Commission SME 33 38
Small NP NP
Commonwealth of Australia SME NP NP
Small NP NP
CSIRO SME 40 52
Small 22 21
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources SME 40 64
Small 23 36
Department of Communications and the Arts SME 54 61
Small 29 37
Department of Defence SME 21 59
Small 9 30
Department of Education and Training SME 16 50
Small 5 32
Department of Employment SME 50 64
Small 27 41
Department of Finance SME 22 56
Small 9 34
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade SME 25 69
Small 11 45
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid Program SME 91 72
Small 9 36
Department of Health SME 33 63
Small 11 35
Department of Health - Therapeutic Goods Administration SME 81 65
Small 53 21
Department of Human Services SME 47 67
Small 28 32
Department of Immigration and Border Protection SME 60 60
Small 35 31
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science SME 52 61
Small 29 38
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development SME 57 60
Small 23 34
Department of Parliamentary Services SME 44 60
Small 30 34
Department of Social Services SME 61 59
Small 35 27
Department of the Environment and Energy SME 16 60
Small 9 40
Department of the Environment and Energy - Australian Antarctic Division SME 66 49
Small 23 30
Department of the House of Representatives SME 79 65
Small 21 29
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet SME 46 60
Small 25 34
Department of the Senate SME 81 62
Small 9 35
Department of the Treasury SME 71 71
Small 45 41
Department of Veterans' Affairs SME 48 63
Small 31 39
Digital Transformation Agency SME 42 46
Small 29 27
Director of National Parks SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Fair Work Commission SME 76 56
Small 71 30
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Federal Court of Australia SME 65 61
Small 37 30
Future Fund Management Agency SME 41 74
Small 28 51
Geoscience Australia SME 62 60
Small 35 36
Grains Research and Development Corporation SME 49 50
Small 31 29
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority SME 75 72
Small 55 44
Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Inspector-General of Taxation SME 4 42
Small 2 25
IP Australia SME 53 56
Small 22 26
Murray-Darling Basin Authority SME NP NP
Small 89 63
National Archives of Australia SME 68 64
Small 35 33
National Blood Authority SME 70 78
Small 11 54
National Capital Authority SME 92 79
Small 65 53
National Competition Council SME NP NP
Small NP NP
National Health and Medical Research Council SME 57 45
Small 48 34
National Health Funding Body SME 87 88
Small 76 68
National Mental Health Commission SME 86 77
Small 60 54
National Museum of Australia SME 65 55
Small 37 36
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority SME 10 51
Small 8 38
Office of National Assessments SME 61 61
Small 47 47
Office of Parliamentary Counsel SME 69 64
Small 28 47
Office of the Australian Accounting Standards Board SME NP NP
Small 90 79
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner SME 96 84
Small 20 34
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman SME 41 57
Small 26 37
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions SME 46 61
Small 23 33
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman SME 63 63
Small 29 45
Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General SME 83 73
Small 29 51
Old Parliament House SME 90 83
Small 59 62
Organ and Tissue Authority SME 62 63
Small 61 56
Parliamentary Budget Office SME 61 60
Small 46 40
Productivity Commission SME 6 48
Small 4 31
Professional Services Review SME 67 57
Small 53 33
Reserve Bank of Australia SME 42 64
Small 42 55
Royal Australian Mint SME 94 76
Small 11 43
Safe Work Australia SME 35 61
Small 16 35
Seacare SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency SME 80 83
Small 72 74
Tourism Australia SME NP NP
Small NP NP
Workplace Gender Equality Agency SME NP NP
Small NP NP

Small Business is a subset of SME.

Participation rates for SMEs and Small Business are dependent on individual agency procurement profiles.

*NP denotes Not Provided. Where there is a risk of businesses being identified, agency data for SME and/or Small Business participation rates have been suppressed.

Last updated: 17 November 2017