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 CSIRO’s decision-making.

Before 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 of1:

  • 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. 

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)

2011–12

1,621,697

1,096,277

2012–13

1,104,000

1,417,754

2013–14

5,294,552

5,796,633

2014–15

630,870

737,617

2015–16

373,751

853,957

TOTAL

9,024,870

9,902,238

Table 5.2: Summary by reason code
Category code Reason for consultancy Number of consultancies Value
($)

IS

Need for independent study/evaluation

6

617,924

PA

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

0

0

SS

Specialist skills were not otherwise available

5

236,033

TOTAL

 

11

853,957

Table 5.3: Summary by procurement method code
Category code Procurement method Number of consultancies Value
($)

OT

Tenders sought from the marketplace 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.

3

532,433

ST

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

0

0

RQ

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

8

321,524

EX

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

0

0

TOTAL

 

11

853,957

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

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