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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 216

Senator Hutchins asked the Minister for Finance and Administration, upon notice, on 21 January 2005:

Can the Minister provide: (a) the directives, guidelines or other instructions issued or developed by the department regarding the procurement of transport services by the Commonwealth for either the department or issued to other Commonwealth departments or agencies; (b) the date on which such contracts were agreed; (c) the entity which the Commonwealth has contracted with; and (d) the total costs of these contracts for the 2003-04 financial year.

Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(a) Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines - January 2005; and Guidance on the Mandatory Procurement Procedures - January 2005.

(b) to (d) In January 1998, my Department engaged Outsource Australia to provide general office services including courier/freight delivery services. A total of $51,540 was spent on local courier services under this contract in 2003-04. In addition to this, during 2003-04, my Department spent $45,266 on ad-hoc office relocation services provided by Mervyn Oldfield Removals Pty Ltd.