Policy on selection and engagement of consultants
ABS policy on selection and engagement of consultants is consistent with Commonwealth Procurement Guideline No. 13, Contracting for Consultancy Services, and is contained in the ABS Purchasing Manual.
The ABS selects and engages consultants in a way that is consistent with the objectives of ‘open and effective competition’ and ‘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.
Purposes for which consultants were engaged in 2000-01
The purposes for which consultants were engaged by the ABS in 2000-01 have been classified into nine main categories. These are shown in the table 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.
Consultants under engagement in 2000-01
The total number of consultants engaged in 2000-01 and the value of services provided during the year, with subtotals for the main purpose for which they were engaged, are shown in the following table:
Consultants engaged in 2000-01 are listed in the following table. The project for which each was engaged and the expenditure in 2000-01 are also shown. The consultants are listed under the main purpose 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.