As an Australian Government agency, our decisions must be transparent, our policies credible and our practices fair and ethical. We strive to achieve well-coordinated, efficient and accountable public administration. We comply with legislative and mandatory requirements that pose external reporting obligations, including those provided below.

NHMRC corporate reporting

The NHMRC Act requires the CEO to develop a corporate plan setting out:

  • the CEO’s assessment of the major national health issues that are likely to arise during the period
  • the manner in which the CEO proposes to perform his or her functions in dealing with those issues during the period
  • a national strategy for medical and public health research.

The corporate plan must also meet the requirements for corporate plans set out in the PGPA Act.

As a Commonwealth entity, NHMRC must also prepare an annual report for the Minister of Health to table in Parliament.

Other reporting requirements: 

Procurement and contracts

Australian Government terms and conditions for the supply of goods and services

The Australian Government terms and conditions that apply to goods and services ordered through a purchase order can be downloaded from AusTender.


Details of all of NHMRC's current tenders can be found on the Australian Government tender website AusTender.

Annual Procurement Plan

To view NHMRC's Annual Procurement Plan please go to the Australian Government tender website AusTender.


Senate Order 192 on Agency Contracts (Murray Motion) 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018

In accordance with the Senate Order 192 on departmental and agency contracts the table below sets out contracts entered into by NHMRC which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 (inc GST) or more and which:

  • have not been fully performed as at 1 July 2017, or
  • have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June 2018.

Most of the contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the confidential information of the parties that may be obtained or generated in carrying out the contract. The reasons for including such clauses include:

  • ordinary commercial prudence that requires protection of trade secrets, proprietary information and the like, and/or
  • protection of other Commonwealth material and personal information.

The contract amounts are reported in line with Department of Finance's requirements. The amounts show the total expected expenditure over the whole life of the contract unless otherwise indicated.

Procurement contracts are not included in this listing of Grants. All procurement contracts can be found through AusTender

  • Senate Order 2017/18 Financial Year - See Downloads

Estimated cost of complying with this policy: $3590

This estimate was achieved by calculating the total time staff spent collecting, preparing and verifying the information at their relevant hourly rate of pay.

Legal information and reporting

Below is NHMRCs legal expenditure (GST exclusive) for the 2016/17 financial year.

Paragraph 11.1(ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2017 requires that, by the 30 October each year, Agencies make publicly available records of the Legal Services Expenditure for the previous financial year.

External Legal Expenditure

NHMRC’s external legal expenditure (GST exclusive) for 2016/17 was as follows:

External Expenditure on Solicitors

External Expenditure on Barristers

External Expenditure on other disbursements

Total External Expenditure

$   203,028.85



$   203,028.85

Internal Legal Expenditure

NHMRC’s internal legal expenditure (GST exclusive) for 2016/17 was as follows:

Internal Legal Expenditure

Total Internal Expenditure

$   280,643.56

$   280,643.56

Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines reporting

The Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines require reporting of all grants within GrantConnect, the Australian Government's grants information system.

Senate Order 14 (Minchin Motion) agency grants reporting requirements

In accordance with Minchin Motion (Senate Order 14), government agencies are required to table in the Senate a list of all grants approved by the Minister no later than seven days before the commencement of budget estimates, supplementary budget estimates and additional estimates hearings. The datasets in the attachments section provide our tabled data.