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Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Page: 5491

Senator Barnett asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 2 July 2009:

(1) (a)   Since November 2007, what is the total number of: (i) completed, and (ii) ongoing, consultancies in the portfolio/agency; and (b) for each consultancy: (i) who is the consultant, (ii) what is the subject matter, (ii) what are the terms of reference, (iii) what is its duration, (iv) what will it cost, and (v) what is the method of procurement ( i.e. open tender, direct source, etc.).

(2)   Can copies be provided of all the completed consultancies.

(3) (a)   How many consultancies are planned or budgeted for: (i) 2009, and (ii) 2010; (b) have these been published in the Annual Procurement Plan on the AusTender website; if not, why not; and (c) in each case, what is the: (i) subject matter, (ii) duration, (iii) cost, (iv) method of procurement, and (v) name of the consultant if known.

Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The following information is provided and is up-to-date as at 16 July 2009:

(a) (i)   The total number of completed consultancies since November 2007 is 325. (ii) The total number of ongoing consultancies since November 2007 is 66.

(b)   Broad details of each of the consultancies are publicly available on the AusTender website.

(2)   It is not practical to provide copies of all completed consultancies but broad information is publicly available for each on the AusTender website.

(3)   Planned consultancies for the 2009-10 financial year are described in FaHCSIA’s Annual Procurement Plan which was published on AusTender on 26 June 2009. The Annual Procurement Plan provides a forecast of planned activity over the next 12 months and includes a brief description of each consultancy topic and the expected date of the approach to market. No further details about these planned consultancies are available at this time.