Policy on selection and engagement of consultants
ABS policy on selection and engagement of consultants is consistent with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines. The ABS selects and engages consultants in a way that ensures transparency and provides value for money. The ABS identifies qualified and available consultants on the basis of open tender, selective tender, successful tender for a similar project, previous work done and known or assessed capability, as appropriate in each case.
The ABS classifies consultancies based on the guidelines set out in the Department of Finance and Administration's Guidance on Identifying Consultancies for Annual Reporting Purposes, July 2004. Essentially, contracts are classified as consultancies if the services involve the development of an intellectual output that assists with agency decision-making, and whether that output reflects the independent views of the service provider.
Purposes for which consultants were engaged in 2003-04
The purposes for which consultants were engaged by the ABS in 2003-04 have been classified into eleven main categories. These are shown in Table 7.1 below. In all categories, the predominant reasons for the use of consultancy services were the need for specialised skills and to allow efficiency and flexibility in operations by making additional personnel available.
Total consultancies under engagement in 2003-04
The total number of consultancy services engaged during 2003-04 was 63, of which 2 were let in previous financial years. The total value of these consultancy services was just below $1 million. The total number of consultancies engaged during 2003-04 and the expenditure by main purpose of consultancy are presented in Table 7.1. Historical figures are presented in Table 7.2.
Table 7.1 Consultancy services contracts engaged by the ABS, 2003-04: Summary
Expenditure in 2003-2004 $
Note: figures in prior years have been revised to include expenditure on Internal Audit.
Consultancies let in 2003-04 with expenditure of $10,000 or more
Table 7.2 Consultancy services contracts engaged by the ABS
Consultants engaged for consultancy services contracts let in 2003-04 with expenditure of $10,000 or more are listed in the following table. The project for which each was engaged and the expenditure are also shown. The consultants are listed under the category for which they were engaged. The justification for recourse to consultancy arrangements, and the type of tender used, is indicated in each case by an alphabetic and a numeric symbol, which is explained in a key at the end of the table.
Justification for recourse to consultancy arrangements:
Table 7.3 Consultancy services contracts let in 2003-04 to the value of $10,000 or more
Expenditure in 2003-04 ($)
Justification and type of tender
|Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu|
Consultancy in relation to the ABS.Net development
|Dimension Data Australia Pty Ltd|
Consultancy in relation to the certification of gateway facility
|GHD Management Engineering Environment|
Professional advice in relation to the upgrade of the existing security systems in the ABS Perth Office
|Gibson Quai Pty Ltd|
Professional advice in relation to the market testing of carrier voice services
Provision of professional procurement advice
Provision of professional advice
|Fellows Medlock & Associates|
Professional advice in relation to the development of the 2003 -2006 ABS Certified Agreement
|Lee Hecht Harrison|
Professional advice in relation to career assistance program
|JJ Frith & Associates|
Development and delivery of training session
|Value Creation Group|
Development and facilitation of BSIP Workshop
|Team Systems Pty Ltd|
Professional advice in relation to strategy development
Design, facilitation and delivery of ABS Management Development Program
|Market Attitude Research Services Pty Ltd|
Undertake focus group and cognitive research regarding the 2006 Census of Population and Housing
|Rider Hunt Canberra Pty Ltd|
Development and production of a construction price index
|JG Service P/L|
Provision of property market advice
|Daschem Holdings P/L|
Consultancy services in relation to the development of an energy management plan
Annual national property report on ABS properties 2003 -04
|Swayle Hynes Consulting|
Provision of consultancy services in relation to property management
a. Need for specialised skills.
Type of Tender:
b. Need for access to the latest technology and experience in its application.
c. Lack of available in-house resources.
d. Need for an independent study.
e. Need for a change agent or facilitator.
1. Public tender
Table excludes standard services such as:
2. Restricted tender
3. Request for quotation
4. Staged procurement process
5. Direct negotiation
6. Verbal quotation
- medical, counselling, and other individual consultations
- presentation of standard/pre-existing training courses
- travel contracts, IT help desk and IT maintenance contracts