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  APPENDIX 11  

CONSULTANCY SERVICES

Consistent with the Government’s policy to focus available resources on core functions, and recognising the value of the different perspectives that consultants can bring to policy and operational issues, the department engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise, or where independent assessments or input are considered desirable.

Selection processes

The process used for selecting consultants, both in Australia and at overseas posts, is consistent with the department’s broader procurement policies and the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines, and is based on the principle of ‘best value for money’. Selection methods are as follows:

Public tender: Consultancies are advertised in the daily press. In Australia they are also advertised on the department’s Internet site, and through the services of the Government’s electronic publishing service (www.ads.gov.au).

Restricted tender: A limited number of organisations or individuals are invited to submit quotations for particular consultancies. These firms are identified:

Direct engagement: Consultants are selected from those identified on whole-of-government endorsed supplier arrangements or competitive tendering and contracting panels. Alternatively a recognised pre-eminent expert or authority in a particular field may be engaged directly. (Note: in these instances, the consultants’ fees are compared to those in the market, to ensure that value for money is being obtained.)

All business opportunities that are available through a full tender process, and all contracts (including consultancies) with values over $2 000 entered into in Australia, are published in the Government’s electronic gazettal system (www.contracts.gov.au).

Table 39. Consultancies undertaken during 1999–2000

Location/work group Name of consultant Description of project Contract price ($) *Reason(s) for engagement ** Procurement *** Advertising method
Trade Negotiations Division Centre for International Economics WTO–Vietnam APEC Support Project 94 206 3 b iv
Market Development Division International Food Policy Research Institute Addition of Categories to Economic Model 65 000 6 b iv
Trade Negotiations Division Cheryl McCaffery Design and Develop Biotechnology Training Program 16 223 3 b iv
Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office P.R.H. Quality Consulting Pty Ltd Develop Biological Weapons Declaration Triggers 10 800 6 c iv
Market Development Division Centre for International Economics Study the Economic Benefits and Costs of the AFTA CER Free Trade Agreement 95 500 3 c iv
Market Development Division Australian National University Model Demand Trends for Agrifood Products 71 595 6 b iv
Market Development Division Monash University Research—Computation of the Benefits of Export Expansion for Australian Regions 15 000 3 c iv
Market Development Division Monash University Research—Input–Output Computation of the Employment Dependence of Regions on International Exports 10 000 3 c iv
Diplomatic Security and Property Branch DeMorgan Pty Ltd Advice on Information Technology Security 23 000 3 c iv
Diplomatic Security and Property Branch ComTech Integration Services Pty Ltd Development of Document Security Software 15 000 6 c iv
Information Management Branch Gateway Admiral IT Services Pty Ltd Develop Secure Information Technology 90 000 1, 3, 6 c iv
Market Development Division SAEB Pty Ltd Develop DFAT Website, Tradewatch, Delivering Market Access Information to Business 58 800 3 b iv
Passports Branch Synercon Management Consulting Pty Ltd Change Management—Project Delta 120 000 1, 3 c iv
Passports Branch KLA Australia Pty Ltd Tender Evaluation—Interviewing Agency Service 70 720 1, 3 b iv
Passports Branch KLA Australia Pty Ltd Tender Evaluation—Telephone Information Service 67 900 1, 3 b iv
Passports Branch KLA Australia Pty Ltd Develop Business Continuity Plan 39 337 3 c iv
Passports Branch Reengineering Australia Pty Ltd Benchmarking Project 91 907 1, 3 c iv
Passports Branch Ernst & Young Probity Auditing for Tender Processes 11 307 1 b iv
Rome Australia–Italy Cultural Promotions Pty Ltd Advice on Promotion of Positive Image of Australia 65 406 3 c v
Public Diplomacy Division Dr S Smith Historical Documents Research 13 658 3 c iv
Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch Acumen Alliance Review of Security and Controls on Human Resource Management System 11 500 3 a iv
Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch PricewaterhouseCoopers Review of Security and Controls on Financial Management Information System 10 000 3 a iv
Corporate Management Division Fulton Technology Pty Ltd Develop Workflow System for Procurement and Travel Processing 81 989 1 b iv
Corporate Management Division Ernst & Young Develop Fraud Control Plan 39 585 3 b iv
Corporate Management Division PricewaterhouseCoopers Advice on Output Pricing Review 27 245 1 c iv
Diplomatic Security and Property Branch KFPW Pty Ltd Advice on Property Management Issues—Year 2000 and Continuity Planning 56 857 3 a iv
Diplomatic Security and Property Branch Gutteridge Haskins and Davey Pty Ltd Advice on Sale/Lease of Security Equipment 16 500 3 a iv
Diplomatic Security and Property Branch Asset Services Pty Ltd Advice on Sale/Lease of Plant and Equipment 10 200 3 a iv
Information Management Branch Lotus Development Pty Ltd Develop Policy, Standards and Guidelines for Upgraded Information Technology Network 68 000 1, 2, 3, 6 b iv
Information Management Branch System Codarra Advanced Systems Development and Training for Project Management 55 000 3 b iv
Information Management Branch Spectra Financial Services Advice on Leasing of Information Technology Equipment 60 000 1, 2, 3 c iv
Information Management Branch AnswerZ Pty Ltd Scoping Study for Network Management Platform 30 000 1, 3 c iv
Athens Lambert Smith Hampton Hellas AE Advice on Property Leases 12 620 1, 5 c nr
Budapest Kimaly Real Estate BT Real Estate Service 15 595 3 c nr
Dublin Scott Tallon Walker Architectural Design 16 449 3 c nr
Geneva ATAG Ernst & Young Audit Locally Engaged Staff Pension Fund 10 000 3 b nr
Ho Chi Minh City Chesterton Petty Renegotiation of Office Lease 84 580 5 c nr
Hong Kong William M Mercer Ltd Advice on Mandatory Provident Fund for Locally Engaged Staff 25 000 3 c v
Manila FPD Savills Renegotiation of Office Lease 37 725 3 a ii
Nairobi Deloitte and Touche Review Locally Engaged Staff Establishment 10 500 3 b nr
Tokyo PricewaterhouseCoopers Advice on Retirement Benefit Plan for Locally Engaged Staff 103 025 3 b nr
Warsaw Wardynski Legal Advice on New Chancery Lease and Planning Permissions 82 338 3 c nr
Washington Triad Management Systems Inc. Advice on Employee Health Benefits 12 500 3 c nr
Total     1 922 567      
* Reasons for engagement

1. need for independent study;

2. need for rapid access to latest technology & experience in its application;

3. Lack of in-house resources; (incl. Specialist knowledge/skills not available in dept/office/post)

4. Limitations on executive time;

5. Need for a change agent or facilitator; and/or

6. Recognised Australian/world expert uniquely able to contribute to program.

** Procurement method

a) open tender

b) restricted tender

c) direct engagement

*** Advertising

i opportunity—Australian press/journals

ii opportunity—local press/journals

iii opportunity—government gazette

iv contract—government gazette

v contract—elsewhere

nr contract—not required (overseas post)


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