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The NCA engages consultants when it lacks specialist expertise, or when independent research, review or assessment is required. Consultants are typically engaged to:
- carry out defined reviews or evaluations
- provide advice, information or creative solutions to assist in the NCA’s decision-making.
The decision to engage external consultants is made in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and relevant internal policies.
During 2018-19 ten new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $1,323,196 million. There were two ongoing consultancy contracts carried over from the 2017-18 financial year involving total actual expenditure of $184,221.
Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is available from the AusTender website: www.tenders.gov.au.