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Consultants

During 2020–21, IP Australia entered into 15 new consultancy contracts with a total value of $1.114 million (GST inclusive). 17 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the period with total expenditure of $0.420 million (GST inclusive).

Table 10: Expenditure reportable consultancy contracts, 2020-21

Reportable consultancy contracts 2020-21

Number

Total ($)

New contracts entered into during the reporting period

15

$1,113,577

Ongoing contracts entered into during a previous reporting period

17

$420,126

Total

32

$1,533,703

Table 11: Organisations receiving a share of reportable consultancy contract expenditure, 2020-21

Organisations receiving a share of reportable consultancy contract expenditure 2020-21

Total ($)

The Boston Consulting Group

$524,480

Orima Research

$135,240

Bevington Consulting

$133,979

Ninti One

$110,942

Workplace Research Associated

$74,940

Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on reportable consultancy contracts. Information on the value of reportable consultancy contracts is available on the AusTender website: www.tenders.gov.au

Decisions to engage consultants during 2020-21 were made in accordance with the PGPA Act and related regulations including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and relevant internal policies.

IP Australia selects consultants through the use of panel arrangements or by making an open approach to market.

The Director General did not exempt any contract let during 2020–21 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) during 2020–21 allowed for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor’s premises.