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"Fair" government contracts for community service provision: Time to curb unfettered executive freedom?

journal contribution
posted on 18.04.2018, 00:00 authored by A McBratney, M McGregor-Lowndes
All Australian governments are significantly increasing the use of contracted community service provision through not for profit organisations. These transactions occur through grant arrangements which take the form of standard contracts or deeds. Government inquiries have consistently reported on and raised concerns about the fairness of such standard grant contract terms, but failed to provide any mechanism whereby fairness can be assured. The Productivity Commission has suggested that the resulting poor relationship leads to inappropriate risk transfer, micro-management, disincentives to innovate and poor service provision. This article develops and tests a fairness measure based on the principles of the Australian Consumer Law which legislates fairness protections for standard consumer contracts.

History

Volume

20

Issue

1

Start Page

19

End Page

33

Number of Pages

15

ISSN

1320-7105

Publisher

Thomson Reuters

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Queensland University of Technology;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Journal of Administrative Law