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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.
Purposes for which consultants were engaged in 2002-03
The purposes for which consultants were engaged by the ABS in 2002-03 have been classified into eleven 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.
Total consultancies under engagement in 2002-03
The total number of consultancy services engaged during 2002-03 was 46, of which 34 were let in 2002-03. The total value of these consultancy services was approximately $1.1 million. The number of consultancies engaged and the total expenditure, with subtotals for the main purpose for which they were engaged, during 2002-03, are shown in the following table:
7.1 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS ENGAGED BY THE ABS, 2002-03: SUMMARY
7.2 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS ENGAGED BY THE ABS, 1999-2000 TO 2002-03
Consultancies let in 2002-03 with expenditure of $10,000 or more
Consultants engaged for consultancy services contracts let in 2002-03 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 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.
7.3 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS LET IN 2002-03 TO THE VALUE OF $10,000 OR MORE
Justification for recourse to consultancy arrangements:
(a) Need for specialised skills.
(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.
Type of Tender: Excludes standard services such as:
(1) Public tender - internal audit
(2) Restricted tender - scribes
(3) Request for quotation - medical, counselling, and other individual consultations
(4) Staged procurement process - presentation of standard/pre-existing training courses
(5) Direct Negotiation - travel contracts, IT help desk and IT maintenance contracts
(6) Verbal quotation