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Monday, 19 October 2015
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Department of the Environment: Consultants

(Question No. 955)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of the use of (a) consultants, and (b) contractors, by the Minister's department(s) in 2014-15, (i) what total sum was spent, (ii) what services were provided, and (iii) which firms provided the services.


Mr Hunt: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Department of the Environment, during 2014-15 spent the following amounts on; (a) Consultants and (b) Contractors

(i) The Department's 2014/15 Annual Report will provide figures for total departmental and administered expenditure on consultants and contractors. The figures are as follows:

 

Consultants

Contractors

Departmental

7.982m

65.075m

Administered

1.577m

54.546m

(ii) Under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, non-corporate Commonwealth entities must publish all consultancies and contractors at or over $10,000 (inc. GST) on Austender. Details of these consultancies including the consultant's business name, description of services and costs associated with the contract can be found at tenders.gov.au

Under contract reporting requirements set out in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, non-corporate entities are not required to individually identify contracts under the above mentioned threshold, and therefore the Department does not record this information centrally.

(iii) As per response to question (a/b) (ii) above.