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CONSULTANCY AND NON-CONSULTANCY CONTRACTS

EXPENDITURE FOR CONSULTANCY CONTRACTS

During 2020–21 the ARC entered into 147 new consultancy contracts involving total actual expenditure of $0.479 million (inclusive of Goods and Services Tax [GST]). In addition, 207 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the period, involving total actual expenditure of $1.036 million (inclusive of GST). A summary of the ARC’s engagements with consultants for 2020–21 is provided in Table 24 and 25.

TABLE 24: Expenditure on consultancy contracts 2020–21

Number

Expenditure $ (GST inc.)

New contracts entered into during the reporting period

147

$0.479 million

Ongoing contracts entered into during a previous reporting period

207

$1.036 million

Total

354

$1.515 million

Notes: The contract numbers are as per all consultancy contracts that have been entered into not just those that are reportable on AusTender. The number of ongoing contracts is all active consultancy contracts as at 30 June 2021 that were entered into prior to the 2020–21 period. The expenditure on consultancy contracts represents the actual cash expenditure during the period for the contracts detailed but does not include any accrued expenses.

TABLE 25: Organisations consultancy contract expenditure 2020–21

Name of Organisation

Expenditure $ (GST inc)

The University of Melbourne – 84 002 706 224

$429,474

Macquarie University – 90 952 801 237

$265,860

McGrathNicol Advisory Partnership – 34 824 776 937

$166,320

University of Queensland – 63 942 912 684

$125,020

University of Newcastle – 15 736 576 735

$83,564

Notes: The expenditure above is the top 5 consultancy expenditures during 2020–21 by organisation. This may cover multiple contracts and contracts that are no longer active as at 30 June 2021.

Annual Reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website, www.tenders.gov.au.

POLICY ON SELECTION AND ENGAGEMENT FOR CONSULTANCY CONTRACTS

The ARC’s policy on selecting and engaging consultants is set out in the ARC Chief Executive Instructions and in related procurement instructions and guidance material.

The ARC engages consultants in accordance with the PGPA Act, including the Commonwealth Procurement Rule and relevant internal policies. Consultants are primarily for independent research or assessment, or where specialist skill or expertise is required. Consultants are engaged through a merit selection or procurement process. The majority of the ARC’s consultancy expenditure relates to the engagement of independent members for selection and evaluation committees.

Consultancy services are distinguished from other contracts for services by the nature of the work performed, which typically involves the development of an intellectual output that assists with agency decision-making and reflects the independent views of the service provider.

EXPENDITURE FOR NON-CONSULTANCY CONTRACTS

During 2020–21 the ARC entered into 46 new non-consultancy contracts involving total actual expenditure of $4.639 million (inclusive of Goods and Services Tax [GST]). In addition, 47 ongoing non-consultancy contracts were active during the period, involving total actual expenditure of $1.911 million (inclusive of GST). A summary of the ARC’s engagements with non-consultants for 2020–21 is provided in Table 26 and 27.

TABLE 26: Expenditure on non-consultancy contracts 2020–21

Number

Expenditure $ (GST inc.)

New contracts entered into during the reporting period

46

$4.639 million

Ongoing contracts entered into during a previous reporting period

47

$1.911 million

Total

93

$6.550 million

Notes: The contract numbers are as per all non-consultancy contracts that have been entered into not just those that are reportable on AusTender. The number of ongoing contracts is all active non-consultancy contracts as at 30 June 2021 that were entered into prior to the 2020–21 period. The expenditure on non-consultancy contracts represents the actual cash expenditure during the period for the contracts detailed but does not include any accrued expenses.

TABLE 27: Organisations non-consultancy contract expenditure 2020–21

Name of Organisation

Expenditure $

(GST inc)

Jones Lang La Salle – 69 008 585 260

$2,389,704

QIRX Pty Ltd – 62 092 934 659

$394,090

Enable Software – 62 085 051 216

$377,175

Technology One – 84 010 487 180

$338,338

DFP Recruitment Services – 66 394 749 447

$276,373

Notes: The expenditure above is the top 5 non-consultancy expenditures during 2020–21 by organisation. This may cover multiple contracts and contracts that are no longer active as at 30 June 2021.

Annual Reports contain information about actual expenditure on non-consultancy contracts. Information on the value of contracts is available on the AusTender website, www.tenders.gov.au.