The Treasury engages consultants where specialist skills are not available in-house. The engagements generally relate to individuals, partnerships or corporations providing professional, independent and expert advice or services.
The decision to engage a consultant is made in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, Commonwealth Procurement Rules and relevant internal policies.
During 2014-15, 57 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $10,099,276.14. Four ongoing consultancy contracts were active, involving total actual expenditure of $43,138.17.
Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is on the AusTender website.