• Consultants

    We engage consultants where we require specialist expertise or independent research, review or assessment to assist in our decision making. We select providers of consultancy services through either open tender, pre-qualified tender, limited tender or from an established panel arrangement.

    The decision to engage a consultant is made in accordance with the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and related regulations, including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and relevant internal policies.

    During 2012–13, we negotiated 243 new consultancy contracts involving total actual expenditure of approximately $6.6 million (including GST). Of these:

    • 173 were entered into by the ATO
    • 65 were entered into by the AVO
    • 5 were entered into by the ACNC
    • 147 had a value of greater than $10,000.

    In addition, 53 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the year, involving total actual expenditure of around $1.8 million (including GST).

    Since 2008–09, we have reduced consultancy expenditure by 70.3%.

    Table 3.6 Consultancy contracts expenditure, 2008–09 to 2012–13

     

    2008–09
    $

    2009–10
    $

    2010–11
    $

    2011–12
    $

    2012–13
    $

    Total value of new consultancy contracts awarded

    22,895,119

    11,010,308

    12,988,833

    8,866,924

    13,256,882

    Expenditure against contracts awarded in prior years

    10,682,968

    3,662,171

    1,803,401

    4,056,106

    1,798,766

    Expenditure against contracts awarded in the current year

    17,434,220

    8,142,062

    9,707,862

    5,728,162

    6,557,525

    TOTAL

    28,117,188

    11,804,233

    11,511,263

    9,784,269

    8,356,291

    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 tenders.gov.au. There have been no requests for exemption or exemptions given by the Commissioner from publishing a contract on AusTender.

    All our contracts provide for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor's premises.

      Last modified: 08 Oct 2014QC 42655