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Appendix 3 - Consultancy Services
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.
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
Appendix table 3.2: Consultancy services contracts let in 2006–07, valued at $10 000 or more
(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