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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 2019–20, 27 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $1,315,415. There were two ongoing consultancy contracts carried over from the 2018-19 financial year involving total actual expenditure of $422,083.

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.