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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.

During 2013–14, 79 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $3.99 million. In addition, 54 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during 2013–14, involving total actual expenditure of $2.98 million.

Table 42 shows the total expenditure on consultancies over the past three years.

Table 42: Total expenditure on consultancies 2011–12 to 2013–14
  2011–12 ($m) 2012–13 ($m) 2013–14 ($m)
Expenditure 6.44 5.88 6.97


Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the estimated value of contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website

Exempt contracts

DVA did not seek any exemptions from gazettal under the FOI Act in 2013–14.

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.

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