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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 176


Mr Bowen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Administration, in writing, on 11 October 2005:

Did the Minister’s department engage Pricewaterhouse Coopers to provide consultancy services at a cost of $22,473; if so, what services were provided under the terms of this contract.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The Minister for Finance and Administration has supplied the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

The Department of Finance and Administration engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers at an initial cost of $9,500 (inclusive of GST) which was not gazetted on www.contracts.gov.au as the contract value was below $10,000. The contract was amended to a total of $31,973. The increased amount of $22,473 was gazetted.

The consultancy services provided under the terms of this contract were probity review services on the procurement process of the Parliamentary Entitlements Management System.