NOPSEMA engages consultants where it requires supplementary specialist expertise or where independent research, review or assessment may be required. Consultants are typically engaged to investigate or diagnose a defined issue or problem, carry out defined reviews or evaluations, or provide independent advice, information or creative solutions to assist in the organisation’s decision-making.
Prior to engaging consultants, NOPSEMA takes into account the skills and resources required for the task, the skills available internally, and the cost-effectiveness of engaging external expertise. The decision to engage a consultant is made in accordance with the PGPA Act and Rules, including the Commonwealth procurement rules and relevant internal policies.
In 2018–19 NOPSEMA spent $511,972 on consultancy contracts. This consisted of engagements for regulatory activities ($63,000), human resources ($177,000), information technology ($104,000) and corporate advice ($168,000).