CSIRO engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required.

Consultants are typically engaged to investigate or diagnose a defined issue or problem; carry out defined reviews or evaluations; or provide independent advice, information or creative solutions to assist in the CSIRO’s decision-making.

Prior to engaging consultants, the CSIRO takes into account the skills and resources required for the task, the skills available internally, and the cost-effectiveness of engaging external expertise.

The decision to engage a consultant is made in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs), CSIRO’s procurement policy and other relevant internal policies.

CSIRO’s policy on selection and engagement of consultants is based on the principles of:

  • value for money
  • open and effective competition
  • ethics and fair dealing
  • accountability and reporting
  • national competitiveness and industry development
  • support for other Australian Government policies.

These principles are included within CSIRO’s Procurement Policy and Procedures.

Tables 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 summarise the consultancies let and the annual spend, the reason for the consultancy and the procurement method. All values include goods and services tax.

Table 5.1: Annual spend on consultancies

Year Spent Let $
    (estimated whole of life)
2012–13   1,104,000  1,417,754
2011–12  1,621,697  1,096,277
2010–11  1,845,670  1,845,670
 2009–10  1,249,355   2,282,903

Table 5.2: Consultancies 2012–13 – Summary by reason code

Category code Reason for consultancy 2012–13
Number of consultancies Value $

IS

Need for independent study/evaluation

17

743,976

PA

Need for professional assistance to manage and facilitate change and its consequence

3

405,000

SS

Specialist skills were not otherwise available

4

268,778

Total


23

1,417,754

Table 5.3: Summary by procurement method code

Category code Procurement method 2012–13
Number of consultancies Value $

OT

Tenders sought from the market place through Open Approach (Request for Proposal, Request for Tender, Expressions of Interest).

0

PM

An existing panel member – this category includes standing offers, common use arrangements and approved supplier panels.

0


ST

Tenders being sought from suppliers who have pre-qualified through some form of previous competitive process.

0

RQ

Purchasing was undertaken in accordance with Division 1 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) and procurement did not require application of Division 2 of the CPRs.

24

1,417,754

EX

Exemption applied that saw CSIRO undertake the procurement as a Limited Tender as defined in Division 2 of the CPRs.

0


Total


24

1,417,754

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