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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Environment Australia Annual Report 2001-02

Environment Australia, 2002
ISSN 1441-9335

Management and Accountability (continued)
Consultants, Competitive Tendering and Contracting

Consultancy services

The total number of consultants engaged by Environment Australia was 372. The total expenditure on consultancy services during the year was $10 519 215.

The most common reasons to engage consultants were the need for specialised, technical and professional skills or knowledge and the need for work to be conducted independently. The production of technical reports, handbooks and guidelines, data collection and analysis, feasibility studies, strategic assessments and the development of software and databases were among the categories for which consultants were engaged during the year.

Details of consultancies are available on Environment Australia's internet site at www.ea.gov.au.

Competitive tendering and contracting

The market testing programme continued in 2001-02 with the release of a further two requests for tender. By 30 June 2002, all tenders had been evaluated and decisions made on whether or not to outsource services. Internal audit and evaluation is the only full service to be outsourced to date, with a two-year contract let to Walter & Turnbull from October 2001.

The Bureau of Meteorology progressed consideration of market testing, including extensive work on assessing the risks associated with outsourcing additional elements of information technology infrastructure, and the finalisation of a comprehensive project charter to address issues associated with competitive tendering and contracting of elements of the Observations and Engineering programmes. No contracts in excess of $100 000 were issued.

As part of the Government Initiative in Competitive Tendering and Contracting in the Australian Public Sector, the AAD will complete a strategic analysis and conduct a risk assessment to identify options in 2002-03.