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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 149

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Media Monitoring

(Question No. 958)

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

What sum was spent by the Minister's department(s) on media monitoring and associated services in 2014-15.

Mr Turnbull: As the honourable member is aware, I was sworn in as Prime Minister on 15 September 2015. As the honourable member's question relates to matters before that date, I am advised by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The cost of media monitoring services for the Department for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 was $574,338 GST inclusive.

As has been previously advised (Parliamentary Senate Question on Notice 1681 and Senate Estimates Question on Notice 167 from the February 2015 Additional Estimates hearing refer), the Department explored a more cost-effective media monitoring solution.

In January 2015, the Department entered into a contract with Meltwater to provide media monitoring services on a fixed fee contract for $160,000 (GST Inclusive) for the calendar year 2015. This represented a significant saving compared to the previous arrangements with iSentia Pty Ltd.