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DPS classifies consultants as ‘individuals, partnerships or corporations engaged to provide professional, independent and expert advisory services to the Department’. DPS engages consultants where there is a need for independent research or assessment, or where specialised or professional skills are required and are not otherwise available in-house.

During 2019–20, 12 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $287,593.82 (inc. GST). In addition, seven ongoing consultancy contracts were active during this period, involving total actual expenditure of $1,110,016.62 (inc. GST). The method of procurement for consultancy arrangements is determined by the complexity, nature and value of each individual requirement, noting the achievement of a value-for-money outcome that supports DPS’ business requirements.

Consultants were engaged by DPS via approaches to the market and through DPS’ access to consultancy panels and multi-use lists established by other departments for:

  • reviews of resources and processes
  • design integrity advice, and
  • specialist business advice and planning.

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

Table 40: Number and expenditure on consultants current report period 2019–20


Number of new contracts entered into during the period


Total actual expenditure during the period on new contracts (inc. GST)


Number of ongoing contracts engaging consultants that were entered into during a previous period


Total actual expenditure during the period on ongoing contracts (inc. GST)