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Consultancy services

We engage consultants where we lack specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required. Consultants are typically engaged to investigate or diagnose a defined issue or problem; carry out defined reviews or evaluations; or provide independent advice, information or creative solutions to assist in our decision-making.

Before engaging consultants, we consider the skills and resources required for the task, the skills available internally and the cost‑effectiveness of engaging external expertise. The decision to engage a consultant adheres to the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, our procurement policy and other relevant internal policies.

Our policy on selection and engagement of consultants is based on the principles of:

  • value for money
  • open and effective competition
  • ethics and fair dealing
  • accountability and reporting
  • national competitiveness and industry development
  • support for other Australian Government policies.

Tables 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 summarise the consultancies let and the annual spend, the reason for the consultancy and the procurement method. All values include goods and services tax.

4.2: Annual spend on consultancies

Year

Spent ($)

Let ($) (estimated whole of life)

2015–16

373,751

1,158,231

2016–17

1,642,455

1,420,166

2017–18

1,561,210

1,625,863

2018–19

1,553,566

1,700,668

2019–20

1,690,411

1,856,563

4.3: Summary by reason code for 2019–20

Category code

Reason for consultancy

Number of consultancies

Value ($)

IS

Need for independent study/evaluation

2

330,858

PA

Need for professional assistance to manage and facilitate change and its consequence

3

1,401,185

SS

Specialist skills were not otherwise available

2

124,520

Total

7

1,856,563

4.4: Summary by procurement method code for 2019–20

Category code

Procurement method

Number of consultancies

Value ($)

PM

An existing panel member – this category includes standing offers, common use arrangements and approved supplier panels

6

1,805,523

RQ

Purchasing was undertaken in accordance with Division 1 of the Commonwealth procurement rules (CPRs) and procurement did not require application of Division 2 of the CPRs

1

51,040