1001.0 - Australian Bureau of Statistics -- Annual Report, 2006-07  
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Appendix 3 - Consultancy Services

POLICY ON SELECTION AND ENGAGEMENT OF CONSULTANTS

ABS policy on the selection and engagement of consultants is consistent with the ABS’ Chief Executive Instructions, and the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines. The ABS selects and engages consultants in a way that provides value for money.

TOTAL CONSULTANCIES LET IN 2006–07

During 2006–07, twelve new consultants were engaged to carry out projects or provide professional and technical advice that could not be provided by ABS staff. The total expenditure of the twelve new consultancies during 2006–07 was $481 670. Eleven consultancies, let in previous years, continued in 2006–07. Therefore the total expenditure for 2006–07 was $312 948.

Appendix table 3.1 shows the total expenditure on all consultancies, covering both payments made on new contracts let in 2006–07, and payments made on contracts let in previous years. The larger consultancy contracts (those valued at $10 000 or more) are detailed in Appendix table 3.2, along with notes on the procurement method used.



Appendix table 3.1: Consultancy services contracts entered into by the ABS
Consultancies (number)
Expenditure ($) including GST

2003–04
63
958 269
2004–05
24
825 069
2005–06
37
941 861
2006–07
23
794 618


Appendix table 3.2: Consultancy services contracts let in 2006–07, valued at $10 000 or more
Vendor name
Amount ($) including GST
Type of tender and justification

InfoHRM Pty Ltd
81 837
Request for quotation(a)(d)
Mercer Human Resource Consulting Pty Ltd
20 689
Request for quotation(d)
Nirmana Pty Ltd
34 628
Direct negotiation(c)
Open Spatial Australia Pty Ltd
22 497
Request for quotation(a)
Leon Pietsch
44 440
Direct negotiation(a)(c)
Price Waterhouse Coopers
87 617
Public tender(a)(b)
Red Pony Pty Ltd
43 572
Direct negotiation(a)
University of Wollongong
19 360
Direct negotiation(d)

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

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