GIPA Act Contract Register

Division 5 of Part 3 of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) ("GIPA Act") requires the University to maintain a publicly available register of information about certain contracts between the University and private sector entities.

What must be recorded in the SCU Contracts Register?

SCU's Contracts Register is required to contain details about contracts:

  • To which at least one private sector entity or individual is a party; and
  • Which have or are likely to have a value of $150,000 or more,

and in which a party agrees to:

  • Undertake a project such as construction, infrastructure or property development;
  • Undertake the provision of specific goods or services;
  • Transfer real property to another party; and/or
  • Lease real property.

What information is not required to be published in the Register?

Contracts of employment are not required to be reported.

The University is also not required to publish the following confidential information in the Register:

  • The commercial-in-confidence provisions of a contract, within the meaning of the definition of "commercial-in-confidence" from Schedule 1 of the GIPA Act;
  • Details of any unsuccessful tender;
  • Any matter that could reasonably be expected to affect public safety or security; or
  • Any information for which there is an overriding public interest against disclosure. This is determined in accordance with the test set out in Division 2 of Part 2 of the GIPA Act.

What is the process for a contract to be recorded in the Register?

The University's Contract Procedures require that the work unit that negotiates a contract must provide a copy of the fully executed agreement to the Legal Office within 5 days of receipt. From that copy of the contract, the Legal Office will determined whether the contract meets the threshold for publication in the Register and, if so, will pre-fill as much of the form as possible before returning it to the work unit for the pre-filled information to be checked and for completion of any outstanding information.

In the case of arrangements being made and paid off invoices or purchase orders alone, it is the responsibility of the work unit to contact the Legal Office prior to payment to arrange for review of the terms and conditions contained in the invoice/purchase order or otherwise associated with the arrangement. At that time, the Legal Office will indicate whether the arrangement needs to be recorded in the register and, if so, will provide the work unit with a copy of the Contracts Register Form for completion.


How long will the information be kept in the SCU Contracts Register?

Information about the contracts or material variations must be included in the Register within 45 working days of execution or, for contracts with conditions precedent, of the contract becoming effective. The information (including a copy of the contract, in the case of class 3 contracts) must be included in the Register for either 20 working days or until the obligations under the contract have been satisfied, whichever is the longer period.

Classes of contracts

The GIPA Act identifies three classes of contracts:

  1. Class 1 Contract

    Class 1 Contracts have a value of $150,000 or more. Most contracts entered into by the University following the usual tendering process will be Class 1 Contracts.

  2. Class 2 Contracts

    Class 2 Contracts are Class 1 Contracts valued at less than $5 million and for which one or more of the following apply:

    • There has not been a tender process;
    • The contract was the subject of a tender but the terms and conditions have been substantially negotiated with the contractor;
    • The obligations of one or more parties under the contract are to maintain or operate infrastructure or assets and could continue for 10 years or more;
    • The contract involves a privately financed project (according to the Treasury's guidelines); and/or
    • The contract involves a transfer of a significant asset of SCU to another party in exchange for the transfer of an asset to SCU

  3. Class 3 Contracts

    Class 3 Contracts are Class 2 Contracts with a value of more than $5 million.

The GIPA Act provides that certain information must be published (if applicable) for each contract class. Generally speaking, basic information is to be provided on all three classes, slightly more information for classes 2 and 3 and a copy of each Class 3 contract must also be made available with the Register. All of these data provision requirements are subject to the exceptions set out in section 32 of the GIPA Act, as described above under "What information is not required to be published in the Contracts Register?" For full details of the requirements refer to Division 5 of Part 3 of the GIPA Act. 

SCU Contracts Register



ContractorDescriptionDetailsRef.ClassClass 3 Comment*Upload Date
Aarnet Pty Ltd Fibre service 4732- Aarnet Pty Ltd 4732 ** Not Applicable 08/09/11
Crowe Horwath (Australia) Pty Ltd Internal audit services 8107 - Crowe Horwath (Australia) Pty Ltd


8352 ** Not Applicable 21/04/15
J Hutchinson Pty Ltd Lismore campus new Learning Centre and Level 2 building A refurbishment 7283 - J Hutchinson Pty Ltd 7283 ** Not Applicable 21/04/15
Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd Supply of network, telephony, CCTV and related ICT systems and services 7779 - Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd


7779 ** Not Applicable 21/04/15
PlattForm Education Australia Pty Ltd Various services in relation to student enrolment and retention as well as in relation to online courses 7761 - PlattForm Education Australia Ltd 7761 ** Not Applicable 05/06/15
Rittal Pty Ltd Design and installation of SCU Beachside Containerised Data Centre 7786 - Rittal Pty Ltd 7786 ** Not Applicable 12/06/15
Main Constructions Pty Ltd Upgrade of carparks F and H at SCU's Beachside/Bilinga Campus 7802 - Main Constructions Pty Ltd 7802 ** Not Applicable 15/06/15
Gold Coast Airport Pty Limited Sublease A at Beachside/Bilinga Campus 3094 - Gold Coast Airport Limited - Sublease A 3094 ** Not Applicable 17/06/15
Gold Coast Airport Pty Limited Sublease C at Beachside/Bilinga Campus 3317 - Gold Coast Airport Limited - Sublease C


3317 ** Not Applicable 17/06/15
Gold Coast Airport Pty Limited Lease of SCU B at Beachside/Bilinga Campus 7325 - Gold Coast Airport Limited - Sublease B 7325 ** Not Applicable 17/06/15
Jos America Machines - Ottobock Australia Supply, installation and lease agreement for certain equipment 5926 - Jos America Machines-Ottobock Australia


5926 ** Not Applicable 19/06/15
Cheerich Property Pty Ltd and Mulpha Hotel Pty Ltd Lease by SCU and Mulpha Hotel Pty Ltd of Level 3, 99 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 8052 - Cheerich Property Pty Ltd and Mulpha Hotel Pty Ltd 8052 ** Not Applicable 02/07/15
Mulpha Education Group Pty Limited Partnership to develop and operate Campuses for hotel and tourism courses 9257 - Mulpha Hotel Pty Limited

9257 - Redacted SCU-Mulpha Hotel Pty Limited Contract
9257 Class 3 No intention to publish full contract at a later date. Clauses 22, 23 and 32 have been redacted in full and relate, generally, to processes available in relation to closing out the partnership. 18/11/15
ERM Power Retail Pty Ltd t/a ERM Business Energy Electricity supply contract for Coffs Harbour and Lismore Campuses 9326 - ERM Business Energy 9326 Class 2 Not Applicable 08/12/15
ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd Building C, Beachside Campus, construction 9475 - ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd 9475 Class 2 Not Applicable 27/01/16
Elsevier B.V. Licence for SCU staff/students to use Scopus Database 9497 - Elsevier BV Scopus Database Subscription


9497 Class 2 Not Applicable 02/02/16
TERMINALFOUR Solutions Limited Licence for web content management system software and set-up

9626 - TERMINALFOUR - Software licence

Appendix to TERMINALFOUR disclosure - Procurement plan extract

9626 Class 2 Not Applicable 02/02/16
Gold Coast Airport Pty Limited (GCAL) Contribution towards earthworks at SCU's Beachside (Bilinga) Campus (leased from GCAL) 9876 - Gold Coast Airport Limited - Contribution to works 9876 Class 1 Not Applicable 26/05/16
G.J. & K. Cleaning Services Cleaning services at SCU's Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses 10814 GJ & K Cleaning Services 10814 Class 1 Not Applicable 26/10/16
Ikon Technology Group Northern Rivers Pty Ltd trading as Fuji Xerox Business Centre Northern Rivers Document and support services for Lismore Campus 10710 - Fuji Xerox - Lismore Campus 10710 Class 1 Not Applicable 14/12/16
Ikon Technology Group Northern Rivers Pty Ltd trading as Fuji Xerox Business Centre Northern Rivers Document and support services for Coffs Harbour Campus 10709 - Fuji Xerox - Coffs Harbour Campus 10709 Class 1 Not Applicable 14/12/16
Clear Horizon Consulting Pty Ltd Clear Horizon Consulting to develop an indepndent review and monitoring framework for service providers contracted to the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program 11218- Clear Horizon Consulting 11218 Class 1 Not Applicable 25/01/17
Blaze Advertising Pty Ltd Advertising & Marketing services Blaze Advertising Contract Details  11992 Class 1 Not Applicable 30/10/17
Aurion Corporation Pty Ltd Software support services Aurion Corporation Contract Details  11448 Class 1 Not Applicable 30/10/17
DWP Australia Pty Ltd trading as DWP Suters Design Consultancy Services for construction DWP Australia (trading as DWP Suters) Contract Details   12151 Class 2 Not Applicable 30/10/17
Turner & Townsend Thinc Pty Ltd Project manage design & construction of CHEC Turner & Townsend Thinc Contract Details  11767 Class 2 Not Applicable 30/10/17
OOBE Pty Ltd End User Licence Agreement OOBE Pty Ltd Contract 12696 Class 1 Not Applicable 19/12/17
Professional Video and Hi Fi Pty Ltd trading as VideoPro Contract for VideoPro to refit AV rooms at Lismore & Gold Coast Campus VideoPro Contract 12642 Class 1 Not Applicable 20/12/17
Technology One Ltd Software licence, support & maintenance for the software Technology One Ltd GIPA contract form  12849 Class 2 Not Applicable 22/01/18 
Bluestar Security Services Provision of Security Services in and around University Properties Bluestar Security Services 13991 Class 1 Not Applicable 05/11/18
Greenstar Earthmoving Pty Ltd Removal of roundabout, Lismore Campus Kellas St Entrance 14054 Greenstar Earthmoving Pty Ltd 14054 Class 1 Not Applicable 06/12/18
A.G. Combs Pty Ltd Design, supply, install and commission a specified external containerised data centre solution A.G. Coombs Pty Ltd - CHEC Data Centre Contract 14292 Class 1 Not Applicable 03/01/19
O'Connor & Marsden & Associates Pty Ltd Internal Audit Services O'Connor Marsden & Associates Pty Ltd 14372 Class 1 Not Applicalbe 14/01/19
Studiosity Provision of online tuition services  14471 - Studiosity 14471 Class 2 Not applicable 05/02/19
T.F. Woollam & Sons Pty Ltd Development of Allied Health Building, Coffs Harbour Education Campus 14533 - T F Woollam & Sons - CHEC Clinical Buildings 14533 Class 1 Not applicable 13/02/19
Acendre Pty Ltd Supply Software and Service 14431 - Acendre Pty Ltd - Master Software Supply and Support Contract 14431 Class 1 Not Applicable 20/05/19
Binet Constructions Pty Ltd Repair of the Tank Farm area at the National Marine Science Centre 15139 - Binet Constructions Pty Ltd 15139 Class 1 Not Applicable 07/08/19
Otis Elevator Company Pty Ltd Comprehensive Inspection, Servicing and Maintenance of passenger and goods lifts. 15566 - Otis Elevator Company Pty Ltd 15566 Class 1 Not Applicable 20/11/19
AARNet Pty Ltd Managed Session Border Controller (SBC) Service, including design, deployment, configuration and testing and annual SBC professional service. 15655 - AARNet Pty Ltd 15655 Class 2 Not Applicable 31/01/2020
Fujitsu Australia Ltd Master Services Agreement for IT operational and maintenance services. 15999 Fujitsu Australia GIPA Form  15999 Class 1 Not Applicable 21/04/2020
BOC Limited Supply of all bulk and cylinder gases for laboratory use across all three University campuses 16216 BOC Contract Register form  16216 Class 1 Not Applicable 13/07/2020
AJM Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Pty Ltd Provision of preventative maintenance to mechanical services. 16216 AJM Airconditioning GIPA Contract form  16233 Class 1 Not Applicable 13/07/2020
TNT Australia Pty Ltd Domestic and International Express transportation services. 16288 TNT Contract Register form  16288 Class 1 Not Applicable 13/07/2020
Veolia Energy Technical Services Pty Ltd Provision of preventative maintenance to mechanical services. 16232 Veolia GIPA Contract Form 16232 Class 1 Not Applicable 21/07/2020
Social Garden Pty Ltd Lead Multi-Channel Creative and Media Services. 16225 The Social Garden GIPA Contract form 16225 Class 1 Not Applicable 22/07/2020
O'Brien Electrical & Plumbing Lismore Replacement of Roof and skylights on V Block Building at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus. 16188 - OBrien Electrical and Plumbing V Block Roof 16188 Class 1  Not Applicable 11/08/2020
Complete Office Supplies Pty Ltd Provision of office supplies including stationery, paper, breakroom supplies, janitorial supplies and promotional and marketing material. 16224 - UPH - Complete Office Supplies  16224  Class 1 Not Applicable 11/08/2020 
Lilyfield Partners Pty Ltd Strategy consultancy services 16468 Lilyfield Partners GIPA Act Contract Register Form 16468 Class 2 Not Applicable 12/10/2020

If the entire copy, or provisions of, a class 3 contract are withheld from publication i the register, in order to comply with section 32 of the GIPA Act the University must state whether it intends to publish to:

  1. publish that contract or those provisions at a later date and, if so, when; and
  2. a general description of the provisions withheld.

The University is also required to indicate, which it does on the copy of the contract published on the register, its reasons for withholding provisions of a class 3 contract from publication on the register.

** SCU started recording contract class in its register on 10 August 2015. The Information Commissioner recommends that this information be published, although the GIPA Act does not require it.