This audit would assess the extent to which entities’ use of the whole of government Legal Services Panel supported the achievement of value for money.

The Legal Services Panel was established as a coordinated procurement and is managed by the Attorney-General’s Department. The panel commenced on 15 August 2019 and is due to expire on 30 June 2024.

It was designed to better leverage the Commonwealth’s purchasing power and improve the efficiency in the Commonwealth’s engagement with external legal services providers.

The panel covers a wide range of legal practice areas, including workplace, industrial relations and compensation, property and environment, corporate and commercial, public law, and litigation specialisation. As of January 2023, there were 61 suppliers on the panel.

There were 1,414 contract notices published on AusTender in 2021–22 under this panel totalling $282.9 million.

Work program portfolios

This potential Performance audit is featured in 2 annual audit work program portfolios: