Annual Report 2016-17

Consultancy contracts

The department's consultancy contracts are categorised in accordance with the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 for annual reports and the guidance from the Department of Finance on reporting 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 being approved by the relevant Deputy Secretary or the Chief Financial Officer.

The department engages consultants to provide specialist professional services, independent research or assessment, and other necessary skills that are otherwise unavailable in the department.

The department is in the process of major transformational change in areas such as the welfare payment system. To ensure that the department is accessing the right skills and experience to support this changing environment, the department has seen an increase in the use of consultancies in recent years.

During 2016-17, six new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $989,366. In addition, one ongoing consultancy contract was active during the period, involving total actual expenditure of $62,140.

The table below shows total expenditure (including GST) on consultancy contracts for the current and previous two financial years. 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 and noted above at Part 5.7, Purchasing. For information about the department's advertising and market research costs see Appendix D.

Table: Expenditure on consultancy services




Total consultancy services expenditure




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