During 2011-12, 17 new consultancy services contracts were entered into by ABCC involving total actual expenditure of $408,910 (including GST).

In addition, five ongoing consultancy services contracts were active during 2011-12 involving total actual expenditure of $123,990 (including GST).

The ABCC engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required. Consultants are typically engaged to investigate or diagnose a defined issue or problem; carry out defined reviews or evaluations; or provide independent advice, information or creative solutions to assist in the ABCC’s decision making.

Prior to engaging consultants, the ABCC takes into account the skills and resources required for the task, the skills available internally, and the cost-effectiveness of engaging external expertise. The decision to engage a consultant is made in accordance with the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and related regulations including the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines (CPGs) and relevant internal policies.