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During 2018–19, Geoscience Australia entered into three new consultancy contracts involving total actual expenditure of $154 110.00 (GST inclusive). No ongoing consultancy contracts were active during 2018–19.

Geoscience Australia’s policy on selecting and engaging consultants and approving expenditure takes into account all relevant legislation, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and Geoscience Australia’s Accountable Authority Instructions. The procurement method is determined having regard to cost, value for money and the nature of the work involved.

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 (www.tenders.gov.au).

The Chief Executive Officer did not exempt any contract let during 2018–19 from publication on AusTender on the basis that it would disclose exempt matters under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

All contracts valued at $100 000 or more (GST inclusive) let during 2018–19 allowed for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor’s premises.