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We entered into 27 new consultancy contracts involving total actual expenditure of $4 714 610

(Goods and Services Tax (GST)–inclusive). In addition, five ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the period, involving total actual expenditure of $885 631 (GST-inclusive).

We applied the CPR and Department of Finance guidance when selecting and engaging consultants. We also followed internal policy and associated procedures on identifying and determining the nature of a contract. This ensured that we used appropriate methods for engaging and contracting consultants.

We engaged consultants when we needed professional, independent and expert advice or services that were not available from within the Organisation.

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.

However, we are not required to publish information on the AusTender website, in line with authorised exemptions to avoid prejudice to our national security activities. A list of consultancy contracts to the value of $10 000 or more during this reporting period, and the total value of each of those contracts over the life of each contract, is available on request to the PJCIS, which oversees our administration and expenditure.