OPC engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is 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 OPC’s decision-making.
Prior to engaging consultants, OPC 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 Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, related regulations, the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and relevant internal policies.
During 2018-2019, 4 new consultancy contracts for fit-out feasibility planning, valuation services, legal services, and workplace project services were entered into, involving total actual expenditure of $62,876 (including GST).
The procurement method for the consultancy contracts was by direct sourcing.
In addition, one ongoing consultancy contract for internal audit services was active during 2018-2019, involving total actual expenditure of $91,983.
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 at www.tenders.gov.au, or can be found under ‘Our corporate information’ located on OPC’s website at www.opc.gov.au.