The department’s consultancy contracts are categorised in accordance with PM and C’s Requirements for Annual Reports and the Department of Finance’s guidance on reporting on consultancies.
The department’s consultancy contracts are categorised in accordance with PM&C’s Requirements for Annual Reports and the Department of Finance’s guidance on reporting on consultancies. In addition to the requirements of the department’s procurement guidelines and policies, all proposals for consultancy services are referred to a procurement specialist before the relevant Deputy Secretary approves them.
The department engages consultants to provide specialist professional services, independent research or assessment, and other necessary skills that are otherwise unavailable in the department.
In 2014-15 the department continued to reduce spending on consultancy services. We spent $543,534 on a total of 8 consultancy contracts—$399,097 spent on 3 ongoing contracts and the balance on 5 new contracts.
Table 68 shows total expenditure (including GST) on consultancy contracts for the current and previous 2 financial years.
This annual report contains information about actual expenditure on contracts and consultancies. Information about the contract value of departmental contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website. For information about the department’s advertising and market research costs, see Appendix I on page 276.
|Total consultancy services expenditure||3,035,040||921,9300||543,534|