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Consultants and specialists

The Council engages external consultants and purchases specialist services where the requisite skills for a task are not available within the Council or the ACCC.

The Council purchases external legal and economic advice services as required to assist its work under Part IIIA of the CCA, procuring these services through open or limited tender (including through panel arrangements) as appropriate and in accordance with the PGPA Act and related regulations (including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules). Prior to procuring these services, the Council takes into account the skills and resources that are required for the task, the skills that are available internally and the cost-effectiveness of engaging external expertise.

In 2018-19, the Council had no ongoing contracts active during the period. In addition, the Council entered into two new contracts for the procurement of external legal advice services with total actual expenditure of $140 188 (including GST); one new contract for the procurement of external economic advice with total actual expenditure of $61 262 (including GST); one new contract for the procurement of administrative services with total actual expenditure of $1 100 (including GST); and one new contract for the procurement of ICT services with total actual expenditure of $665 (including GST) .

Summary information on the Council’s expenditure on consultant and specialist services in 2018-19, providing a comparison with the preceding two financial years, is provided in Table 3‑5.

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.

Table 3-5 Summary of expenditure on all consultants and specialist services in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 ($) (GST inclusive)

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Communications (new)

-

-

-

Communications (ongoing)

-

-

-

ICT (new)

-

-

665

ICT (ongoing)

-

-

-

Legal (new)

11 000

2 623

140 188

Legal (ongoing)

204 764

60 143

-

Economic (new)

-

-

61 262

Economic (ongoing)

-

-

-

Other (new)

-

-

1 100

Other (ongoing)

-

-

-

Total

215 764

62 766

203 215