As we anticipated earlier in 2015 (in our earlier article), there is an increasing move towards transparency in Government contracts. We had the Transparency Agenda, driving out cost information and the publication of contracts on a central portal. We now have a draft bill being deliberated in Parliament which would extend the application of the Freedom of Information Act directly to major public sector contractors, with other contractors being covered by the Government entity procuring those services.
The next reading of the bill is proposed for March 2016. We will see how this area develops with interest. You can follow the progress of the bill (the Freedom of Information (Public Interest and Transparency) Bill 2015-16) on the Parliament website by clicking here.