Consultancy services

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, 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)

2013–14

5,294,552

5,796,633

2012–13

1,104,000

1,417,754

2011–12

1,621,697

1,096,277

2010–11

1,845,670

1,917,497

Table 5.2: Consultancies 2013–14 – Summary by reason code
Category code Reason for consultancy Number of consultancies Value $

Total

15

5,796,633

IS

Need for independent study/evaluation

5

488,635

PA

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

0

0

SS

Specialist skills were not otherwise available

10

5,307,998

Table 5.3: Summary by procurement method code, 2013–14
Category code Procurement method Number of consultancies Value
$

Total

15

5,796,633

OT

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

0

0

PM

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

1

66,000

ST

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

1

4,500,000

RQ

Purchasing was undertaken in accordance with Division 1 of the CPRs and procurement did not require application of Division 2 of the CPRs.

12

931,683

EX

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

1

298,950

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