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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 12659

AusAID: Contracts

(Question No. 344)


Ms Julie Bishop asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 24 March 2011:

How many AusAID contracts with service providers were terminated due to corruption or project mismanagement in each calendar year from 2005 to 2010, and can he disclose the names of these service providers.


Mr Rudd: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Two organisations that were involved in implementing AusAID-funded activities were identified has having their contracts terminated from 2005 to 2010 for reasons of fraud or mismanagement. A further 21 project staff of organisations implementing AusAID-funded activities had their employment contracts or sub-contracts terminated during this period as a result of fraud or project mismanagement. Details are set out in the table below.

Given the sensitivities involved in these investigations, it would be inappropriate to provide the names of organisations and individuals involved.

Where possible, AusAID or implementing organisations took action to recover funds.

Program title

Termination action taken

Year occurred

Australian Regional Development Scholarships - Vanuatu

AusAID terminated contract

2007

Demand Governance and Justice ProgramFiji

AusAID terminated the funding agreement

2009

Mozambique Australian Partnerships with African Communities

Implementing organisation terminated a senior trainer's contract

2006

PNG Law and Justice Program

Implementing organisation terminated a clerical staff member's contract

2006

East Timor Public Sector Capacity Development Program

A program adviser's employment contract was terminated

2006

PNG Law and Justice Program

Implementing organisation terminated employment contract of locally engaged staff member

2007

Solomon lslands Health Institutional Strengthening Project

Partner government employee's contract was terminated.

2007

Agriculture Quality Improvement Project—Cambodia

Project officer's employment contract was terminated

2008

Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao—Philippines

Partner government terminated employment of a government official

2007

Human Rights Education and Training projectLaos

Implementing organisation terminated the project manager's employment

2007

HIV/AIDS Program in Zimbabwe

Managing contractor terminated the employment of four staff members.

2007

HIV/AIDS Program in Zimbabwe

Managing contractor terminated contract of Program Admin Manager

2008

Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS InitiativePNG

Clinical Director's employment terminated

2007

Nutrition and Community Health ProjectEast Timor

9 implementing partner program officers had contracts terminated

2008

Electoral Support program Phase IIPNG

Program officer tendered resignation having been advised his contract would be terminated.

2008

Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program - Swamp Rangers for Candaba Swamp and Wildlife Conservation and Ecotourism

Managing contractor terminated NGO project. NGO terminated the employment of the suspect.

2008

Democratic Governance ProgramPNG

Managing contractor terminated project finance officer's employment contract

2008

Capacity Building Service CentrePNG

Employee's contract terminated

2009

Education Capacity Building Program - PNG

Locally engaged clerical support staff member's contract terminated

2008

Education Employment Skills Development Program - East Timor

A program coordinator's sub-contract was terminated

2008

Fiji Health Sector Improvement Program

Managing contractor terminated project officer's employment

2008

Australia Pacific Technical College - Fiji

Coordination Office finance officer's contract terminated

2008

Electoral Support Program 2PNG

Managing contractor terminated employment of the offender

2009