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Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Page: 1203


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister for Human Services, upon notice, on 24 November 2008:

For the 2008 calendar year, can details be provided of the start date, duration, cost and nature (direct source or open source) of tender for each individual consultancy contract with the department dealing with: (a) media relations; (b) public relations; (c) public events management; (d) communications; and (e) communications strategy.


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

The Department of Human Services (including the Child Support Program and CRS Australia)

For the period 1 January 2008 to 24 November 2008, the Department of Human Services, through the Child Support Program, spent a total of $11,251.32 (incl. GST) on consultancy contracts dealing with: media relations; public relations; public events management; communications; and communications strategy. All consultancy contracts were entered into during the previous calendar year.

Consultant’s Name

Start Date

Duration

Cost

Nature

Source

Type of Service (a) - (e)

Step Two Designs

27/06/2009

12 months (end date 30/05/2008)

$2,772

C3 Intranet Usability Review

Direct source

(d) Communications

Step Two Designs

27/06/2007

12 Months (end date 30/05/2008)

$8,479.32

CSA Website and Online Usability Review

Direct source

(d) Communications

For the period 1 January 2008 to 24 November 2008, CRS Australia spent a total of $193,008 (incl. GST) on consultancy contracts dealing with: media relations; public relations; public events management; communications; and communications strategy. Two of the three consultancy contracts were entered into during the previous calendar year.

Consultant’s Name

Start Date

Duration

Cost

Nature

Source

Type of Service (a) - (e)

Grey Worldwide Pty Ltd

27/06/2007

8 months (end date 29/02/2008)

$55,432

Provision of the design and development of CRS Australia’s communication templates

Select source

(e) Communications strategy

IFocus Pty Ltd

12/11/2007

4 months (end date 15/03/2008)

$126,576

Project is to review and provide recommendations to improve the usability of CRS Australia’s Website

Select source (independent research)

(e) Communications strategy

Instinct and Reason Pty Ltd

28/08/2008

2 months

$11,000

Market testing of CRS Australia brochures

Open source

(b) Public relations

The rest of the Department did not undertake any tender processes in the 2008 calendar year dealing with media relations, public relations, public events management, communications and communications strategy. However, a decision was taken to extend some existing contracts dealing with public relations and creative communications, although, no additional expenditure was incurred.