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Thursday, 23 August 2001
Page: 26616

Senator Robert Ray asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care, upon notice, on 29 January 2001:

(1) What was the total value of market research sought by the department and any agencies of the department for the 1999-2000 financial year.

(2) What was the purpose of each contract let.

(3) In each instance: (a) how many firms were invited to submit proposals; and (b) how many tender proposals were received.

(4) In each instance, which firm was selected to conduct the research.

(5) In each instance: (a) what was the estimated or contract price of the research work; and (b) what was the actual amount expended by the department or any agency of the department.

Senator Vanstone (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Health and Aged Care has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

To provide a complete answer to this question would require considerable time and resources and I am not prepared to ask my Department to divert them from health priorities at this time.

However, each year the Department reports on consultancies in its Annual Report. The Department's 1999-2000 Annual Report (tabled 30 October 2000) provides information on advertising, public relations, market research and media consultancies undertaken by the Department in Appendices 7 and 8 (Pages 425 - 439).

Appendix 8 provides a description of each consultancy, including market research, together with the dollar value, the selection process adopted and justification for selection.