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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 164


Mr Bowen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, in writing, on 10 August 2005:

Did the Minister’s department engage Crowne Plaza Alice Springs to provide services related to management consulting at a cost of $44,000 between 7 and 20 July 2005; if so, what services were provided under the terms of this contract.


Mr John Cobb (Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs) —The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs was not engaged to provide services related to management consulting at a cost of $44,000 between 7 and 20 July 2005. However Crowne Plaza Alice Springs was engaged to provide conference facilities, equipment and catering as well as accommodation at a cost of $26,445.67 for the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations’ (ORAC) Induction of its National Panel of Consultants which was held on 26 and 27 July 2005.

ORAC’s National Panel of Consultants was established through a tender process (RFT 04/05) and comprises 61 entities of professional service providers to assist ORAC in performing its statutory functions and providing related services such as regulation and incorporation services, and accredited and non-accredited governance training to Indigenous Corporations.

Ninety three delegates representing the entities on the Panel attended the Induction conference. The purpose of which was to ensure that panellists would perform services in a manner that responds to the special challenges of working with Indigenous corporations today. Tenderers were advised as part of the RFT that inability to attend the Inductions conference would affect the volume and type of work offered where a successful tenderer did not attend.