The ACMA is required to post a number of documents on its website to satisfy government accountability requirements and obligations under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 . These documents include Portfolio Budget Statements, annual reports, Compliance with the Senate Order on Agency Contracts and the ACMA File Index.
The Portfolio Budget Statements are the key accountability documents for government. Their purpose is to inform Senators and Members of the proposed allocation of resources to outcomes by agencies. Budget statements also play an important function in assisting with the interpretation of outcome appropriations.
Annual reports provide visibility of achievement against planned objectives and utilisation of allocated resources. They provide closure for the Portfolio Budget Statements.
The Senate Order on Agency Contracts and publication of the ACMA File Index are important transparency measures, facilitating access to Agency documents by Senators and Members, and to the general public under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
The ACMA's statements of legal services expenditure under paragraph 11.1(ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2005 (issued by the Attorney General under section 55ZF of the Judiciary Act 1903).
Senate Order on Departmental and Agency contracts listing (Murray Motion)
The ACMA is required to include all government contracts in contract listings. This includes procurement contracts, lease arrangements, sales contracts, certain grants and funding agreements, certain employment contracts, demand-driven contracts with an expected whole-of-life value of at least $100,000 and other arrangements that might be deemed to be contracts at law.
The following ACMA contracts listings are available on this website:
Senate Continuing Order Number 6 (Harradine motion)
Senate Continuing Order No. 6, also known as the ‘Harradine motion’, requires each Australian Government department or agency to publish an indexed list of the titles of all relevant files created in a six-month period in the central office of that department or agency, including new parts of existing files.
The following ACMA file lists are available on this website: