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During 2019–20, 6 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $0.05 million. There were no ongoing consultancy contracts active during the period.

The CGC engages consultants when specialist knowledge or skills are needed to complete a task, or when it is more cost-effective to do so. Decisions to engage consultants are taken after considering the importance of the task and possible in-house options. The procedures adopted to identify potential consultants vary according to the nature of the task. The successful consultant is chosen on the basis of specified selection criteria, and on the principle of ’buying for better value’.

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 at tenders.gov.au.