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Tenders, Contracts and Grants


The Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) procures a range of goods and services from external providers and ensures procurement is undertaken in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs).

Value for money is the core principle that is applied to all procurement activity undertaken by MDBA. To ensure that value for money is achieved, the MDBA:

  • encourages competition;
  • promotes the use of resources in an efficient, effective, ethical and economical way; and
  • makes decisions in an accountable and transparent manner.

All open tender opportunities are advertised on AusTender and potential tenderers can locate business opportunities for the MDBA.

The MDBA also reports all awarded contracts greater than $10,000 inclusive of GST on AusTender.


The MDBA has established a number of panels for the supply of frequently-used services and some of these panels allow for the provision of Multi Agency Access. Please refer to AusTender for details on MDBA's panels.

How to access services

  1. Send an email to and we will publish your agency's details as a participating agency under the relevant panel on AusTender.
  2. You will receive an email containing the relevant documentation for all suppliers.
  3. You can now use the panel.

Reporting Obligations

Agencies are reminded that it is their responsibility to meet the statutory reporting obligations on AusTender. The relevant SON ID should be reported by the agency concerned.

MDBA Contacts

For further information, contact the MDBA Procurement and Contracts Unit at

Annual Procurement Plan

An Annual Procurement Plan is a mandatory feature of the procurement policy framework as stated in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. It is a tool that alerts businesses to the proposed procurement needs of an agency for the upcoming financial year.

Further information on MDBA's Annual Procurement Plan can be found on AusTender.

Contract listings (over $100,000)

Senate order on government agency contracts

Australian Government agencies are required to publish a list of contracts (procurement and grants) on their websites. The list must include the following:

  • each contract entered into by the agency which has not been fully performed or which has been entered into during the previous 12 months, and which provides for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more;
  • the amount of the consideration for each such contract;
  • the contractor and the subject matter of each such contract;
  • reporting of "date" information on the listing including:
    • contract commencement date;
    • contract end date (identified or anticipated); and
    • relevant reporting period covered by the listing.
  • whether each such contract contains provisions requiring the parties to maintain confidentiality or any of its provisions, or whether there are any other requirements of confidentiality, and a statement of the reasons for the confidentiality;
  • an estimate of the cost of complying with the order; and
  • a statement of the method used to estimate the cost of compliance.

Most of the contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that protect the confidential information that parties may obtain or generate in carrying out the contract. This is a standard confidentiality clause.

Current Reporting Period

Senate Order – Calendar Year 2013

Previous Reporting Periods

Senate Order – Financial Year 2012-13

Senate Order – Calendar Year 2012

Senate Order – Financial Year 2011-12

List of Grants let by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority

Grants Reporting Requirements

Under the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines the Murray-Darling Basin Authority is required to publish details of all awarded grants on our website no later than 14 working days after the Funding Agreement is signed by both parties. Details must remain on the website for at least 2 years from the date of the signed Funding Agreement.

Details of the reporting requirements are set out in the Department of Finance and Deregulation Finance Circular No. 2013/02.

Under FMA Regulation 3A(1) a grant is defined as an arrangement for the provision of financial assistance by Commonwealth:

  1. under which public money is to be paid to a recipient other than the Commonwealth; and
  2. which is intended to assist the recipient achieve its goals; and
  3. which is intended to promote 1 or more of the Australian Government's policy objectives; and
  4. under which the recipient is required to act in accordance with any terms or conditions specified on the arrangement.

Current Reporting Period

Grant Report – 14 Day Listing Financial Year 2013-14

Archived Reports

Grant Report – 7 Day Listing Financial Year 2012-13

Grant Report – 7 Day Listing Financial Year 2011-12

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