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Wednesday, 15 May 2002
Page: 1645


Senator Robert Ray asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 14 February 2002:

(1) What contracts has the department or any agency of the department provided to the firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the 1999-2000 financial year.

(2) In each instance what was the purpose of the work undertaken by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

(3) In each instance what has been the cost to the department of the contract.

(4) In each instance what selection process was used to select PriceWaterhouseCoopers (open tender, short-list or some other process).


Senator Patterson (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Seven contracts were provided in the 1999-2000 financial year.

(2) Contract A

Review of the TGA financial and performance management information and reporting requirements.

Contract B

Technical support in calculating funds pooling under further coordinated care trials.

Contract C

Benchmarking scoping study at the Health Insurance Commission (HIC) to examine the scope for HIC processes/procedures to be benchmarked against similar processes in other organisations.

Contract D

Provide advice and direction on GST implementation.

Contract E

Provide assistance in the Output Pricing Review.

Contract F

Assist in the implementation of the new tax system.

Contract G

Information Technology planning and systems preparation for implementation of the GST.

(3) The cost to the Department was:

Contract A

$9,810

Contract B

$268,500

Contract C

$30,500

Contract D

$70,700

Contract E

$100,000

Contract F

$8,775

Contract G

$216,224

(4) The selection process was:

Contract A

Direct engagement.

Contract B

Open Tender.

Contract C

Open Tender.

Contract D

Select Tender.

Contract E

Direct engagement.

Contract F

Direct engagement.

Contract G

Direct engagement.