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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 232


Senator Hutchins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 21 January 2005:

Can the Minister provide: (a) the directives, guidelines or other instructions issued by the department for the procurement of transport services to the department; (b) the date on which such contracts were agreed; (c) the entity which the Commonwealth has contracted with; and (d) the total costs of these contracts for the 2003-04 financial year.


Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

This question will be answered in two parts, first in relation to freight and courier delivery services, and second in relation to logistics arrangements. As the department’s Chief Executive Instructions, Procedural Rules and Procurement Manual are referred to in the answers and the web addresses are:

CEIs

Section 4.2 Procurement

http://intranet.health.gov.au/finnet/ceis/consolidated_cei.pdf

Procedural rules

Section 4.2 Procurement

http://intranet.health.gov.au/finnet/ceis/cei4-2.htm

Procurement manual

http://intranet.health.gov.au/finnet/ceis/Procurement_Manual_2004.doc

Freight and courier:

(a) To procure freight and courier services the department follows the department’s Chief Executive Instructions and related Procedural Rules, which are consistent with the FMA Act and the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.  The department also has a Procurement Manual.

(b) The department entered into a three year contract on the 7th November 2002.

(c) The contract is with Outsource Australia Pty Ltd. The contract provides for the delivery of a variety of services, including freight and courier services.

(d) The total cost of the contract for freight and courier services in 2003-04 was $271,493.52.

Logistics Arrangements:

(a) To procure logistics arrangements the department follows the department’s Chief Executive Instructions and related Procedural Rules, which are consistent with the FMA Act and the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines. The department also has a Procurement Manual.

(b) The department entered into a contract on the 8th November 2002 which covered the 2003/04 financial year.

(c) The contract was with Urbis Pty Ltd. The contract provided for the delivery of a range of property and property-related services.

(d) It is not possible to readily disaggregate the specific cost of logistics arrangements from the overall property-related expenditure for this contract. To identify all the specific costs of logistics arrangements would require the diversion of significant resources from other priority tasks.