1001.0 - Annual Report - ABS Annual Report, 2002-03  
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Contents >> Section 6 - Appendixes >> Appendix 7 - Consultancy services

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

Purpose
Consultancies
number
Expenditure in 2002-03
$

Audit
1
4,500
Human Resources
5
82,627
Information Technology
6
175,502
Legal Services
5
220,865
Publishing
5
47,315
Statistical
6
81,190
Training and Development
3
25,124
Marketing/Public Relations
3
116,382
Lease and Property
1
8,360
ABS House - Property
4
168,351
Other
7
172,279
Total
46
1,102,495


7.2 CONSULTANCY SERVICES CONTRACTS ENGAGED BY THE ABS, 1999-2000 TO 2002-03

1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03

Expenditure ($)
3,038,568
1,861,149
1,018,653
1,102,495
Consultancies (number)
59
45
40
46



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

Expenditure in
2002-03

$
Justification
and type of
tender

Human Resources
Butler, Keith
Performance mentoring service consultancy
12,289
(a) (5)
Maximus International
Consultancy on Cultural Survey Program
38,514
(a) (3)
Workplace Research Associates
Consultancy in relation to work value studies
18,576
(a) (3)
Information Technology
Altis Consulting
Consultancy in relation to ABS Input Data Warehouse Project
11,250
(d) (1)
Assist Pty Ltd
Consultancy for assistance to Oracle upgrade
47,300
(a) (5)
Dimension Data
Consultancy for Microsoft Mentoring Services
65,266
(a) (5)
Legal Services
Australian Government Solicitor
Provision of legal advice
145,976
(a) (1)
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Provision of legal advice
32,394
(a) (1)
Minter Ellison
Provision of legal advice
24,334
(a) (1)
Publishing
von Reibnitz, Fred
Editorial services for ABS History Publication
24,500
(a) (5)
McLennan, Bill
Consultancy in relation to preparation of questionnaire and report
12,000
(a) (5)
Statistical
Rider Hunt
Services for pricing of construction for 2002 OECD Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)
11,660
(a) (3)
Training and Development
Hanselling Consulting
Mentoring services consultancy
24,086
(a) (5)
Marketing/Public Relations
Bearcage
Consultancy for provision of Census 2001 video
38,563
(a) (c) (3)
ValueMetrics
Consultancy in relation to Customer Value Analysis
14,789
(a) (5)
Worthington Di Marzio
Qualitative research into the client base
63,030
(a) (d) (2)
Other
DASCEM Holdings
Development of Environmental Management System
19,464
(a) (1)
Imhoff, Trevor
Consultancy services for Census Geography work program
14,792
(a) (6)
JPW Education & Media Consultants
Development of teaching materials for ABS publication
14,500
(a) (5)
Timeline Contracting Pty Ltd
Building Project Management Consultancy Services
31,900
(a) (2)

Key
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


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