The Department engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required. DVA’s selection processes:
- observe government and departmental procurement policies
- are publicly defensible, promoting fair competition and effective service
- are based on predetermined selection criteria
- realise best value for money.
In 2012-13, DVA entered into 49 new consultancy contracts involving total actual expenditure of $1.65 million over the life of the contracts. In addition, 46 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the 2012-13 year, involving total actual expenditure of $4.23 million.
Table 46 shows the total expenditure on consultancies over the past five years.
|2008-09 ($ million)||2009-10 ($ million)||2010-11 ($ million)||2011-12 ($ million)||2012-13 ($ million)|
Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the overall estimated value of contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website at www.tenders.gov.au.
DVA did not seek any exemptions from gazettal under the FOI Act in 2012-13.
ANAO access clauses
All DVA contractual arrangements have in place a facility for the Auditor-General and accountability personnel to access contractual material, including at the contractor’s premises.