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 2001-02
The purposes for which consultants were engaged by the ABS in 2001-02 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.
Total consultancies under engagement in 2001-02
The total number of consultancy services engaged during 2001-02 was 40, of which 32 were let in 2001-02. The total value of these consultancy services was approximately $1.0m, a considerable reduction on recent years. The number of consultancies engaged and the total expenditure, with subtotals for the main purpose for which they were engaged, during 2001-02, are shown in the following table:
6.1 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS ENGAGED BY THE ABS, 2001-02: SUMMARY
Expenditure in 2001-02
|Training and Development|
6.2 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS ENGAGED BY THE ABS, 1998-99 TO 2001-02
Consultancies let in 2001-02 with expenditure of $10,000 or more
Consultants engaged for consultancy services contracts let in 2001-02 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.
6.3 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS LET 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.
and type of
|Assist Pty Ltd|
|Defining and documenting accounts receivable and subscription management business processes|
|Australian Valuation Office|
|ABS hardware assets revaluation|
|Sinclair Knight Merz|
|Development of a detailed data specification for inclusion in new contracts|
|Quality Management Solutions|
|Consultancy associated with a breach of the APS Code of Conduct|
|AST Operations Pty Ltd|
|Advice and assistance on software|
|Consultancy service in relation to security monitoring and auditing|
|Project management consultancy in relation to Windows 2000|
|Eucalypt Software Partners|
|Consultancy on software|
|Power Quality Technologies Pty Ltd|
|Consultancy in regard to the new data centre in ABS House|
|Australian Government Solicitor|
|Update of ABS Purchasing Manual|
|Value Creating Environments Pty Ltd|
|Design and facilitation of Business Statistics Innovation Program Workshop|
|Jim Payne and Associates Pty Ltd|
|Provision of inhouse public relations consultancy services|
|User Insite Pty Ltd|
|Consultancy to provide AusStats product research|
|von Reibnitz, Fred|
|Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute|
|Review of existing Australian and international measures of urban density|
|Review of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics|
|Geoff Minter and Associates - Research|
|Cognitive research of form design for the 2006 Census of Population and Housing|
|South Australian Centre for Economic Studies|
|Develop an Information Model of the demand for rural and regional statistics|
|Consultancy Services for Census and Geography work program|
|University of Wollongong|
|Research project on seasonal adjustment|
|Training and Development|
|D’Arcy Consulting Group|
|Provision of Professional Efficiency Program training|
|Type of Tender|
(1) Public tender
(2) Restricted tender
(3) Request for quotation
(4) Staged procurement process
(5) Direct Negotiation
(6) Verbal quotation
|Table excludes standard services such as:|
- internal audit
- medical counselling, and other individual consultations
- presentation of standard/pre-existing training courses
- travel contracts, IT Help Desk and IT maintenance contracts