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Thursday, 31 May 1984
Page: 2318

(Question No. 822)


Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 1 May 1984:

(1) On what basis are government departments, tertiary institutions and statutory authorities selected as consultants, managing agents and supporting authorities for projects in the Australian bilateral aid program.

(2) Is any attempt made to cost departmental or institutional overheads on a commercial basis, if selection is made on the basis of open tender; if so, upon what basis and with what result.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Commonwealth and State government departments, tertiary institutions and statutory authorities are selected as managing agents for projects in the Australian bilateral aid program on the basis of individual invitation, selective invitation or open tender, depending on the nature and availability of the technical expertise required.

(2) No. The principle adopted by the Australian Development Assistance Bureau is that all public sector resources are reimbursed on a basis of full cost recovery in accordance with the guidelines established by the Public Service Board.