ADDITIONAL REPORTING ON CONSULTANCIES

Principles

1. Non-corporate Commonwealth entities are required to identify on AusTender whether contracts are for the procurement of consultancy services.

2. The reason for the consultancy must also be reported in AusTender, namely:

  • need for independent research or assessment;
  • need for specialised or professional skills; or
  • skills currently unavailable within agency.

Note: Entities can select only one reason for why a contract should be reported as a consultancy. If there are multiple reasons, the entity should select the most appropriate reason.

3. Entities do not need to separately identify minor consultancy elements in non-consultancy contracts, or particular invoices relating to consultancy work performed under an overarching contract.

4. Officials need to assess the nature of each contract involving the provision of services on a case-by-case basis to determine whether it involves a consultancy for the purposes of AusTender reporting, even if the contracted party purports to be a provider of consultancy services.

Last updated: 10 July 2014