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Consultants

PM&C engaged consultants when it needed specialist expertise, independent research, review or assessment. Decisions to engage consultants during 2019–20 were made in accordance with the PGPA Act and related regulations, including the CPRs and relevant internal policies.

During 2019–20, 24 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $1.63 million. In addition, 12 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the period involving total actual expenditure of $0.59 million. Details of trends in consultancies are shown in Table 3.26. This annual report contains 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).

Table 3.26: Trends in consultancies

Consultancies

201920

2018–19

2017–18

Number of ongoing consultancies

12

35

24

Number of new consultancies

24

57

101

Total consultancies

36

92

125

Total expenditure

$2.22 million

$10.42 million

$7.05 million