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Section A : Consultants Engaged By The Department Of Transport And Regional Services In 1998-99.

Aviation Division

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$22,000
$22,000

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Industry Branch

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

KPMG Conduct an audit of Remote Air Service Subsidy (RASS) Scheme operators' financial records. The Department of Transport and Regional Services undertook a comprehensive review of the Remote Air Service Subsidy (RASS) scheme. A key aspect of the review was an examination of the financial records of airlines operating under the RASS scheme, including an on site cost/revenue examination. It was necessary to engage an independent consultant to conduct this task. (b)

22,000
(0)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$22,000
$22,000

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Airports Division

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

50
$1,876,025
$1,874,726

Planning Branch
Environment Branch
Sydney West Airport Taskforce

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

Paul McGrath Conduct a review of the role and efficiency of the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation and provide a written report on the findings to the Secretary. Staff with the relevant experience were not available in the Department. (b)

55,000

(40,000)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$55,000
$40,000


Planning Branch

Bassett Consulting Engineers Conduct an independent review of mechanical engineering services documentation of noise attenuation works under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Independent advice was required for the review. (b)

30,000

(23,517)

Bayley Davies Associates Pty Ltd Develop Bills of Quantities for Daceyville Public School under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

12,000

(12,000)

Bayley Davies Associates Pty Ltd Develop Bills of Quantities for Bexley Benevolent Society under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

13,000

(13,000)

Bayley Davies Associates Pty Ltd Develop Bills of Quantities for Botany Public School under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

15,000

(15,000)

Bayley Davies Associates Pty Ltd Provide advice to assist in resolving a dispute with a building contractor. Independent advice was required for this task. (b)

6,000

(6,000)

Bob Bow Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for St James Anglican Church, Kurnell under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

22,600

(30,570)

Bob Bow Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Salvation Army Citadel, Petersham under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(iii) (b)

28,100

(28,195)

CSIRO Review specifications and drawings for a number of projects under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b) 17,160

(17,160)

DASCEM Holdings Pty Ltd Undertake a technical review of nursing home ventilation and airconditioning systems under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

15,415

(14,146)

DASCEM Holdings Pty Ltd Conduct an investigation for contaminants on land acquired in Sydenham under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b) 11,267

(11,267)

De Angelis Taylor & Associates Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Beckenham Memorial Uniting, Mascot Christian Fellowship and the Botany Methodist Churches under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

127,150

(120,201)

De Angelis Taylor & Associates Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for St Petka's Church, Rockdale under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

31,350

(29,485)

De Angelis Taylor & Associates Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Tempe Uniting Church under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

40,500

(36,500)

DNV Certification Pty Ltd Conduct quality assurance and quality auditing of acoustic membrane used in the residential insulation program. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

12,350

(8,212)

Employers' Federation

of NSW

Prepare a safety audit report on the new list of panel builders for the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

13,500

(13,500)

Employers' Federation

of NSW

Provide occupational health and safety audits for the public buildings program under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

24,000

(24,000)

Employers' Federation

of NSW

Conduct a safety audit in relation to the panel builders renewal process under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

13,500

(13,500)

Environmental Results Provide noise attenuation measurements for the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

23,350

(23,350)

ETRS Pty Ltd Conduct quality assurance and quality auditing of wool insulation manufacturers under the residential insulation program. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

24,294

(8,974)

Gordon & Valich Architects Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for St Matthews Church Botany and Baptist Church Stanmore under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

85,300

(81,000)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the John Brotchie Pre-School and Hippos Friends Pre-School under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

52,996

(61,100)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Child Jesus and Joseph Church and St Dominic Saviour School Hall under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

46,380

(59,121)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for St Michael's Primary School, Daceyville under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

43,585

(62,625)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Church of Christ, Rockdale and the Banksia Baptist Church under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

91,474

(93,889)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide additional superintendent services for Newington College insulation project under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

57,179

(20,080)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Rockdale Uniting Church (Bay St) and Rockdale Uniting Church (Frederick St) under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

102,222

(113,495)

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Pty Ltd Provide additional superintendent services for Newington College insulation project under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

55,027

(55,027)

GWA Consultants Aust Pty Ltd Conduct an independent review of mechanical engineering services documentation of noise attenuation works under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

30,000

(45,849)

Haden Project Management Provide design and documentation services for the Daceyville Public School and the Hibiscus Child Care Centre under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

67,300

(60,500)

Haden Project Management Provide design and documentation services for St Michael's Church, Daceyville under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(iii) (b)

36,000

(36,825)

Landinfo Pty Ltd Produce maps showing noise contours in relation to the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

2,200

(2,200)

Lawes & Associates Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Sydney Chinese Alliance Church, Rockdale under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b) 49,700

(63,125)

Lincolne Scott Aust Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Botany Public School under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

63,730

(67,215)

Lincolne Scott Aust Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Rockdale Public School under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

60,240

(68,660)

Ove Arup & Partners Conduct an independent review of structural engineering and electrical services documentation of noise attenuation works under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

60,000

(44,856)

Sedgwick Limited Assess and advise on the suitability of insurance polices submitted by Airport Lessee Companies in compliance with their obligations under the Airport Sale Agreement and Airport lease. The specialist skills required to assess and report on the details of the policies were not available within the Department. (b)

24,000

(8,000)

Sinclair Knight Mertz Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for St Joseph's Church and St Joseph's School, Rockdale under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(iii) (b)

122,260

(123,252)

Sinclair Knight Mertz Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for St Michael's Hostel, Daceyville under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

56,750

(56,591)

Sinclair Knight Mertz Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, Rockdale under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

36,250

(38,274)

Sinclair Knight Mertz Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for Frederick Street and North Brighton Child Care Centres under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

53,500

(53,500)

Stephen Grubbits & Associates Evaluate fire risk of air conditioning ducting at St Michael's Church Daceyville under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department.(b)

15,000

(0)

Structural Mechanics & Dynamics Provide seismic advice on the public buildings program under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

15,000

(14,889)

Tierney & Partners Ltd Conduct an independent review of structural engineering services documentation of noise attenuation works under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

30,000

(90,775)

Unisearch Ltd Analyse the effectiveness of insulation treatments in a sample of lightweight walled residential properties and provide advice on the merits of changes in insulation techniques. The necessary expertise to carry out this task was not available within the Department. (a)(ii) (b)

3,500

(4,400)

Unisearch Ltd. Conduct testing of wool samples used in the residential insulation scheme for fibre analysis and beetle resistance. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

22,051

(20,614)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

45
$1,762,180
$1,794,439


Environment Branch

Unisearch Limited Conduct an analysis to ascertain whether aircraft engine emissions or aviation fuel were the cause of black soot deposits at residential locations in the vicinity of the Brisbane Airport. This work was undertaken by an external consultant as the Department did not have the necessary expertise and facilities needed to undertake this project. (b)

10,000

(7,850)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$10,000
$7,850


Sydney West Airport Taskforce

Corporate Economics Australia Pty Ltd Undertake further economic analysis of the proposed second Sydney airport in response to public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This work built on efforts undertaken by the consultant for the Draft EIS and included regional economic modelling and development of a cost benefit framework for the airport proposal. The Department did not possess the necessary professional economic and econometric skills and tools to undertake further work for the EIS Supplement in-house. (a)(iii)

28,000

(28,632)

Dames and Moore Pty Ltd Conduct a review of the scope of further work being considered on stormwater management and groundwater issues in the context of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Supplement on the proposed second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek. The consultant was commissioned to produce an alternative scope of work for these aspects of the EIS Supplement. The Department did not have the necessary technical expertise to carry out this task. (b)

3,845

(3,805)

TMG International Pty Ltd Provide advice on rail access to Bankstown Airport. Specifically, the consultant was required to identify and discuss the rail options for passengers travelling between Bankstown Airport and either the central business district or Sydney Airport.

Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

17,000

(0)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:
3
$48,845
$32,437

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Bureau Of Air Safety Investigation

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$63,500
$88,788

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

CP Resourcing Undertake a review of the organisational/operational structure and business processes of the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) with a view to providing an appropriate structure which will enable BASI to perform more effectively and efficiently to the benefit of staff and clients. Additionally, the purpose was to provide a strategic focus to facilitate promotion of BASI as a centre of aviation safety excellence. The consultancy was extended to oversight the implementation of recommendations of the final report. Independent resources with appropriate expertise and knowledge were not available in the Department to conduct the review within the timeframe required. The consultant was selected from the Competitive Tendering and Contracting (CTC) Panel. (a) (ii) (b)

60,500

(85,788)

Margaret Byrne & Associates Pty Ltd Conduct a cross cultural communication course for BASI officers to provide a greater understanding of the values and behaviours of the people BASI staff interact with in off-shore crash investigations. The course also aimed to develop cross cultural awareness and skills to be effective investigators, interviewers and negotiators when dealing with clients from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. Staff with the relevant expertise and knowledge were not available within the Bureau. (b)

3,000

(3,000)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$63,500
$88,788

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Land Transport Division

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

14
$974,200
$501,643

Roads Branch
Rails Branch
Infrastructure Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

Roads Branch

ACIL Consulting Pty Ltd Educate Departmental staff about benefit cost analysis principles and techniques. The consultant was required to answer day to day questions from Departmental staff concerning the evaluation of benefit cost analyses as well as to assist staff in performing and comparing particular project benefit cost analyses. In addition, the consultant was tasked with assessing the Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme's project benefit cost evaluation framework on completion of the first round of applications. Independent advice was sought to augment the internal expertise in the required area. The specialist skills required for these tasks were not available from within the Department.(b)

32,650

(30,126)

The Allen Consulting Group Pty Ltd Obtain and evaluate the views of the finance and construction industries and other interested parties on the effectiveness of the tax system in relation to infrastructure. Part of the consultancy involved assisting the Department prepare a response to the third issues paper of the Ralph Committee on the Reform of Business Taxation. The results of the consultancy were taken into account in advising the Government on the impact of the Ralph Committee proposals on private investment in infrastructure and on the Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme. Specialist taxation and infrastructure investment expertise was required to analyse the issues. Staff with the relevant expertise and industry experience were not available in the Department. (b)

29,000

(29,000)

Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) Transport Research Limited. Undertake an analysis of the implications of potential taxation reforms on the rail transport sector. The consultant utilised the taxation model (MM303) developed by Econtech Pty Ltd to simulate the impact of potential tax reform options on the rail transport sector. The consultant had already undertaken a similar analysis for the road transport sector (AustRoads) and it was deemed important to ensure that the identical model was used for the rail transport sector. The cost of developing a similar taxation model solely for the rail transport sector would have been prohibitive. The use of the same model also provided a more integrated approach to land transport policy issues. The specialist skills required for these tasks were not available from within the Department

60,000

(57,000)

Pricewaterhouse

Coopers

Develop a framework for Commonwealth/State/Private Sector partnership arrangements for financing, constructing and operating land transport infrastructure. The specialist skills required for these tasks were not available from within the Department. (a)(iii)

49,625

(50,000)

Sangrove Pty Ltd trading as Indec Consulting Develop a business case to demonstrate funding requirements for the maintenance of the National Highway using prudent asset management principles. The first stage was the development of options to form the basis of a business case for National Highway maintenance. In the second stage the consultant prepared a business case for submission by the Department to Commonwealth central agencies as a justification for National Highway maintenance funding. The specialist skills required for this task were not available from within the Department.

71,425

(23,765)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

5
$242,700
$189,891


Rail Branch

Booz Allen & Hamilton (Australia) Ltd Undertake a cost benefit analysis on specific projects identified by the Australian Rail Track Corporation as potential recipients of funding from the Commonwealth's budgeted $250 million capital investment in the interstate rail network. The skills to carry out this work were not available in the Department. (a)(ii)

169,200

(219,200)

Burson - Marsteller Pty Ltd Draft a report for the Rail Projects Taskforce, a private sector taskforce appointed by the Prime Minister, to examine the role of governments in Australia in removing barriers to private investment in rail. While supported by a secretariat in the Department, the Taskforce required a private sector communications professional to finalise its report.

30,000

(13,254)

John Hearsch Consulting Pty Ltd Chair the Rail Industry Reference Group (IRG), which was established to develop nationally consistent rail standards and operational requirements and provide recommendations to the Department. The Group consisted of a cross-section of industry representatives and was chaired by an independent facilitator, who possessed comprehensive subject expertise in the area of rail safety. Staff with relevant qualifications were not available within the Department. Funding was jointly provided by the Commonwealth, States and Territories. (b)

43,600

(43,170)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

3
$242,800
$275,624


Infrastructure Branch

Access Economics Pty Ltd Report on how indicators of economic infrastructure investment such as fixed capital expenditure are changing over time with respect to economic indicators such as gross domestic product. This report will be used to develop a consistent framework for viewing infrastructure investment. The need for this report emerged during the implementation of the Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme by the Department when it was found that there was a need for detailed current compatible information on private infrastructure investment, the spending levels of government, and analysis of infrastructure investment at different levels of government. Staff with the appropriate expertise were not available within the Department.

17,000

(0)

Bovis McLaughlin Pty Ltd Project Manage the Proving Up stage of the Very High Speed Train Project (VHST). The Project Manger reported directly to the Project Control Group (PCG) which was the intergovernmental steering committee, consisting of the Commonwealth, ACT and New South Wales governments, responsible for progressing the VHST project. The Project Manager also had to be acceptable to all three governments involved in the process and was required to have high level communication, negotiation and liaison skills. The Proving Up stage facilitated Speedrail 'proving up' their submission so that governments are in a position to decide on the future of the Project and their involvement, if any, in it. The Commonwealth assumed the lead role in the project on 4 December 1998 when the Proving Up stage was deemed to have commenced. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.(b)

350,000

(0)

Ron Brown and Associates Pty Ltd Chair the Project Control Group (PCG) during the Proving Up stage of the Very High Speed Train Project (VHST). The PCG was the intergovernmental steering committee, consisting of the Commonwealth, ACT and New South Wales governments, responsible for progressing the VHST project. The Chairman also had to be acceptable to all three governments involved in the process and was required to have high level communication, negotiation and liaison skills. The Proving Up stage facilitated Speedrail 'proving up' their submission so that governments are in a position to decide on the future of the Project and their involvement, if any, in it. The Commonwealth assumed the lead role in the project on 4 December 1998 when the Proving Up stage was deemed to have commenced. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

42,000

(22,144)

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Carry out the task of probity adviser for the Proving Up stage of the Very High Speed Train Project (VHST). The probity adviser provides advice to the Project Control Group (PCG) which is the intergovernmental steering committee, consisting of the Commonwealth, the ACT and New South Wales governments, responsible for progressing the VHST project. The Proving Up stage facilitates Speedrail Proving Up their Submission so that governments are in a position to decide on the future of the Project and their involvement, if any, in it. The Commonwealth assumed the lead role in the project on 4 December 1998 when the Proving Up stage was deemed to have commenced The probity adviser is required to have high level communication, negotiation and liaison skills. The probity adviser also had to be acceptable to all three governments involved in the process. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

65,000

(0)

Securities Institute Education Conduct a one-day workshop to educate Departmental officers in infrastructure finance issues including stages of an infrastructure project, project selection, the Australian Capital Market, project risk, debt financing and tax based financing/engineering. The consultant selected was experienced with similar workshops and offered presenters who were also industry practitioners. Departmental officers with suitable skills were unavailable. (b)

7,200

(7,045)

Securities Institute Education Conduct a second one-day workshop to educate Departmental officers in infrastructure finance issues including stages of an infrastructure project, project selection, the Australian Capital Market, project risk, debt financing and tax based financing/engineering. The consultant selected had provided a similar workshop in 1998 and offered presenters who were also industry practitioners. Departmental officers with suitable skills were unavailable. (b)

7,500

(6,939)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

6
$488,700
$36,128

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Federal Office of Road Safety

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

21
$1,316,641
$528,973

Motor Transport Branch
Road User Branch
Public Education

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

Motor Transport Branch

Allross Pty Ltd Prepare a regulation impact statement in relation to a review of Australian Design Rule (ADR) 35, Heavy Vehicle Brakes and ADR 38, Trailer Brakes. The consultant was also required to conduct a test program for the comparison of light degradation test methods for seatbelt webbing. Staff with the relevant experience capable of completing the task within the permitted time frame, were not available from within the Department.

13,720

(0)

Centre for International Economics (CIE) Review a draft report and provide input covering national competition policy issues in relation to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. The need to review this legislation was identified by the Commonwealth Legislative Review Schedule. An inter-agency task force, with guidance from an independent reference committee, was given the responsibility for reviewing this statute and preparing a draft report. Late in the review it was determined that the draft report required a greater focus on national competition aspects. CIE were engaged to undertake this task because of their known expertise in this field and the need to meet a tight timeframe. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available from within the Department. (b)

4,125

(4,125)

Ford Motor Company of Australia Ltd Conduct specialised emission testing on a range of new model vehicles under a number of specified standards. The Department does not possess a certification standard vehicle emissions laboratory, which was necessary for the testing. (b)

50,253

(35,042)

Imtangle Pty Ltd Undertake major enhancements to the RBORIS system of electronic lodgement of recall data by suppliers. The enhancements involved lodgement of data via the Internet instead of by direct modem transfer. Staff with the necessary expertise within the Department were unavailable to carry this task.

9,575

(0)

Luminis Pty Ltd

(NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit, University of Adelaide)

Investigate vehicle design and operation for pedestrian protection. This research was designed to add to the available information on the characteristics of collisions resulting in pedestrian deaths and injuries in Australia and the opportunities for collision prevention and injury control. It involved a phase of investigating pedestrian/vehicle collision data, looking specifically into impact speeds, body parts injured and vehicle points involved. The second phase used the information from Phase 1 as input to mathematical and physical reconstructions. Suitable expertise was not available from within the Department.(b)

371,510

(0)

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) Undertake an analysis of the types and frequencies of frontal and side impact crash configurations of Australian passenger cars; and crash compatibility between passenger cars of various sizes and other passenger vehicles and fixed narrow objects (e.g. poles). This project involved detailed analysis of the crashed vehicle file, compiled and maintained by MUARC. The consultant also had access to and had experience with a number of state accident databases. Suitable expertise was not available from within the Department.(b)

42,074

(37,870)

Monash University Accident Research Centre

(MUARC)

Conduct a field trial to evaluate the on-road service performance of energy-absorbing rear under-run barriers fitted to rigid-tray trucks and report on the findings. A design specification for an energy absorbing rear under-run barrier for trucks has been developed over the past few years. The crash performance of this under-run barrier was evaluated under both low speed and high speed conditions with full-scale crash tests. In order to be able to assess the suitability of such barriers for fitment to the vehicle fleet, a field service evaluation was conducted. Sufficient resources to conduct this trial were not available within the Department as this project required familiarity with the barrier design and a significant amount of time dedicated to reviewing the performance of the barriers in the field. (b)

35,000

(6,945)

Nelson English Loxton Prepare a Regulatory Impact Statement for the review of Australian Design Rule 62 relating to Mechanical Couplings. Staff with the relevant experience capable of completing the task within the permitted time frame, were not available from within the Department.

15,000

(0)

New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority - Crashlab Investigate the level of protection offered by child restraints, particularly in side impact collisions following a number of fatal car crashes involving young children in child restraints. The consultant conducted a full-scale dynamic side impact crash test to investigate and assess the protection afforded a young infant by a child restraint under these conditions. The results will be used to assess the current level of side protection offered by child restraints and to compare the crash test results with known injury outcomes from an investigated case study. The specialised equipment and expertise required to conduct this test were not available in the Department. (a)(i)

30,700

(36,304)

Pearsons Transport Prepare a range of Regulation Impact Statements for the review of the Australian Design Rules covering light vehicle brakes, wheels and tyres, buses, heavy vehicles, anti theft and seatbelts. Staff with relevant experience capable of completing the tasks within the project time frame were not available from within the Department.

68,000

(0)

Roaduser International Pty Ltd Investigate complaints of vibration and instability in heavy trucks. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(ii)

89,900

(211,313)

University of Melbourne Prepare reliable estimates of the emissions impacts and cost effectiveness of the adoption in Australia of Euro 3 emission standards, relative to Euro 2 and the United States Environment Protection Agency Tier 1 standards. Staff with relevant modelling expertise were not available within the Department to complete this work in specified time frame.

8,600

(0)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

12
$738,457
$331,599


Road User Branch
Research and Statistical Consultancies

Research projects undertaken by the Federal Office of Road Safety (FORS) were on a wide variety of subjects and required specialist expertise ranging from economists and statisticians to psychologists, market researchers, vehicle engineers, pharmacologists and medical professionals. Projects were of limited duration, and skill requirements can change over time.

Because of this, it was not cost effective for FORS to attempt to acquire the staff and infrastructure required to undertake its research. Better use of public funds was made by employing specialist organisations and staff to carry out research work on behalf of FORS.

Research projects were let where possible through competitive tender. All proposals were scrutinised to ensure that costs for the work proposed were reasonable and within market rates.

Intstat Australia Pty Ltd Conduct collation and statistical analysis of road trauma information together with an ad hoc analysis of road safety data. The consultant was also required to provide an in-depth statistical analysis of road crash data in response to requests from the Parliament, State Authorities, industry and the public. Sufficient data management and statistical reporting skills were not available from within the Department.(b)

298,500

(0)

Luminis Pty Ltd (NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit, Uni of Adelaide) Assess the technical feasibility of introducing a protective headband for car occupants. The required expertise and laboratory facilities not available in the Department.(b)

22,155

(0)

University of Newcastle Analyse Australian road crash and population data to determine whether people born overseas are at greater risk than locally-born people of being road crash casualties. The results of the study will be used to frame Government policy on overseas-born road users. The required skills and specialised skills were not available from within the Department.(b)

27,600

(0)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

3
$348,255
$Nil


Public Education

David Saffron Pty Ltd Develop a booklet of workplace road safety best practice case studies and guidelines for publication. The task involved interviewing 20 corporate, service industry and local government leaders with vehicle fleet safety responsibilities. It focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies for workplace safety. The booklet will encourage the adoption of road safety best practices in the workplace. The project required a background in industry, legislation, Occupational Health and Safety matters, and knowledge of road safety combined with experience in preparing information for publication. Staff with this expertise were not readily available from within the Department.(b)

30,500

(0)

Eureka Strategic Research Evaluate the effectiveness of the FORS Rural Speed Campaign using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Pre and post testing of awareness, attitudes and the behaviour of the primary target group in relation to speeding was carried out. An external consultant was employed because the expertise and staff resources required for such a task were not available in the Department.

85,844

(85,844)

Great Southern Communications Refine a motorcycle training video for the beginner, which could be used and recommended by training instructors, motorbike associations, and the police as an update of FORS' existing Right Rider motorcycle training video. The necessary expertise for this project was not available within the Department. (b)

10,465

(10,465)

Research and Safety Services Pty Ltd Update and rework a paper predicting road fatalities for the year 2001 and beyond originally prepared for a Road Safety Research and Enforcement Conference held in Hobart in November 1997. The specialist expertise required for the project was not available within the Department.(b)

4,900

(4,900)

Stancombe Research and Planning Conduct in-depth interviews on road safety issues, identified by the annual quantitative community attitudes survey, with designated at-risk groups, to provide information for the National Road Safety Summit held in September 1998. The Department did not have the resources or the experience to conduct such sensitive interviews, especially with people from non-English speaking backgrounds. (a)(i) (b)

43,350

(46,782)

Taverner Research Company Undertake the twelfth (Wave 12) in a series of national surveys of community attitudes to road safety issues. The survey involved telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of some 1500 Australian residents. The data collection and analysis expertise was not available in the Department. (b)

54 870

(49,383)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

6
$229,929
$197,374

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Corporate Division

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

45
$936,543
$684,072

Executive
People and Organisation Branch
Legal, Parliamentary and Contracting Branch
Internal Audit
Trade and Cross-Modal Policy Branch
Information Management Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

Executive

Image Media Services Pty Ltd Provide two one-day media skills/interview techniques and public presentation techniques workshops. Specialised expertise was required to provide a sophisticated standard of training that would equip senior officers with high-level media relations and presentation skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

4,800

(4,800)

Thuin Pty Ltd trading as Strategic Journeys Facilitate scenario planning workshops to test the robustness of the Department's transport strategies and initiatives. The consultancy included the delivery of a report on the purpose and content of the scenario planning workshops with a view to drawing conclusions about the worth of more widespread use of scenario planning techniques in the Department. Staff with relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

7,100

(5,589)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$11,900
$10,389


People and Organisation Branch

ACORN Training Services Conduct client service training as part of the Departmental Client Service Charter. This training was developed and delivered to provide the skills necessary to help fulfil this charter. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

17,750

(4,840)

Cameron & Associates Deliver Interview Skills courses to Departmental staff. The Department is committed to developing its people, including ensuring they have the competitive advantage in the workforce. The consultant was chosen because of their extensive knowledge of the public and private sector in terms of the job market, and, their expertise in the field of interview and resume preparation. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

21,200

(8,731)

Cultural Imprint Pty Ltd Present two Leaders, Bosses and Bastards' (LBB) programs to the Senior Executive Service staff in the Department. This was a unique program based on managing people in the Australian cultural context and involved discovery, reflection and application of the principles and practices of being a leader of Australians. It provided a 360 degree feedback for participants and will enable them to understand issues including why their people follow or do not follow them, how to galvanise people into action on work to be done and other leadership matters. LBB introduced new ways of thinking about leadership, performance, change, quality improvement and people management. Suitable expertise to deliver this program was not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

48,000

(61,140)

Tony D'Arcy and Associates Conduct a Personal Efficiency Program (PEP) to provide a personalised work management and project management program to Departmental officers. The program provided skills in time management, prioritising of work tasks and project planning through workshops and follow up visits by the consultant to the workstations of each participant to assist them in applying the PEP principles to the particular needs of their work area. Suitable expertise for this task was not available from within the Department. (b)

48,000

(16,850)

Tony D'Arcy and Associates Provide a series of Interview Panel Skills courses for Departmental staff. The task comprised a two day course comprised of elements delivered by a consultant with 15 years professional expertise predominantly in the public sector in interview panel skills training. Suitably qualified persons were not available from within the Department. (b)

9,000

(3,000)

Deakin Australia Conduct Coaching and Developing and Personal Effectiveness courses as two elements of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officer grades 5 6 staff. This program had been developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(ii)

28,800

(37,950)

Deakin Australia Conduct Coaching and Developing and Personal Effectiveness courses as two elements of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officer grade 5 6 staff. This program had been developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

28,800

(4,800)

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Report on a review of the Department's corporate governance framework, taking into consideration the issues of decision making and monitoring, statutory accountability, communication, roles and responsibilities, accountability for resources, internal governance assurance (including self assessment) and external reporting. The consultant had prepared a similar review for a department facing similar governance issues, and brought to the task specialist skills in relation to risk assessment and governance assurance. The task required independent advice from a consultant conversant with relevant governance issues. (a)(ii) (b)

4,800

(8,800)

EASACT Australia Pty Ltd Develop and conduct workshops to link in with the Departmental Performance Exchange process and complement the performance exchange workshops. The half day workshops aimed to provide managers and supervisors with the necessary skills to coach others for success and professional development. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

5,700

(0)

EASACT Australia Pty Ltd Conduct workplace harassment training for contact officers as identified in the Department's Workplace Diversity Program. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

3,000

(0)

Interaction Consulting Group Conduct Presentation Skills courses as one element of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officer grade 5 6 staff. This program was developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

13,635

(3,406)

John Gunn and Associates Conduct an Investors in People (IiP) Progress Review within the Department. The consultant completed the original Investors in People Diagnosis Report in 1997 which provided recommendations to enable the Department achieve IiP accreditation. This review was designed to assist the Department in deciding the best timing to apply for accreditation as an Investor in People and it also provided an assessment of the current status against the IiP Standard. Personnel with the necessary skills and expertise were unavailable from within the Department. (b)

6,250

(6,250)

KJ Enterprising Solutions Pty Ltd Conduct a leadership workshop for Senior Executive Service staff. The workshop was conducted by Alistair Mant. The required expertise was not available within the Department (a)(i) (b)

11,000

(13,500)

Management Consortium Pty Ltd Develop two one-day assessment centres to assist the Department in the recruitment of officers to fill expected Senior Executive Service (SES) Band 1 and Band 2 vacancies. The consultant also provided a written report on each assessment centre, including a report on each applicant and feedback was provided to individual applicants about their performance. Specialist expertise was required to develop assessment centres that would provide valid results. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

28,800

(21,183)

Palm Management Conduct Project Management courses as one element of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officers grades 5 6 staff. This program had been developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(i)

3,320

(6,040)

Palm Management Conduct Project Management courses as one element of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officers grades 5 6 staff. This program was developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

8,760

(2,720)

People and Strategy (ACT) Pty Ltd Facilitate focus groups to provide context and rationale in the development of the Department's Corporate Plan and specifically to establish an understandable "language" for the values ensuring clarity of meaning. The consultant was also required to assist groups to clarify which values were core to the whole organisation and to demonstrate linkages between values and feedback from staff surveys conducted within the organisation. Staff with the relevant expertise and experience were not available within the Department.

3,750

(3,750)

People First International Conduct Leadership Development Programs in the Department. The consultant has developed and conducted the program since 1996. Training courses were required for staff that had joined the Department since the previous leadership training program needs had been satisfied. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

83,500

(18,559)

Travelsearch (Aust) Pty Ltd Project manage the development and implementation of a travel contract for the Department. A travel contract consultant was chosen because of the complexity of the task and the technical travel knowledge required. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available from within the Department. (b)

26,600

(13,000)

University of Canberra Conduct Effective and Advanced writing courses to provide staff with the skills to write documents ranging from simple minutes and briefs to more complex submissions and proposals. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

6,000

(6,000)

University of Canberra Conduct Effective and Advanced writing courses to provide staff with the skills to write documents ranging from simple minutes and briefs to more complex submissions and proposals. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

12,000

(6,000)

University of Canberra Conduct Key Messages and Strategic Thinking courses as two elements of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officer grade 5 6 staff. This program was developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(i)

5,250

(10,500)

University of Canberra Conduct Key Messages and Strategic Thinking courses as two elements of the Pathways to Leadership program for Administrative Services Officer grade 5 6 staff. This program was developed to address priority skills identified in the Secretary's Statement of Skills. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

15,750

(5,250)

William M. Mercer Cullen Egan Dell Ltd Provide job evaluation services for all Senior Executive Service positions as provided for in the Department's Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA). The consultancy was performed by an independent organisation specialising in job evaluation projects and methodology. An evaluation of a sample of senior officer positions was also included for comparative purposes. A report was provided which included an objective evaluation/assessment of the work value of 34 Senior Executive Service positions and 7 Senior Officer positions and appropriate levels and structures of remuneration for each position. Suitable expertise to provide these services was not available within the Department. (b)

58,500

(54,929)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

24
$498,165
$317,198


Legal, Parliamentary and Contracting Branch

Shane Carroll & Associates Pty Ltd Deliver legal awareness training for all officers of the Department in respect of the exercise of statutory decision making powers conferred by portfolio legislation within the context of the Commonwealth administrative law framework. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available within the Department. (a)(iii) (b)

40,000

(44,995)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$40,000
$44,995


Internal Audit

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Undertake a Fraud Risk Assessment and Prepare a Fraud Control Plan for all divisions of the Department in accordance with Commonwealth Guidelines. The skills and resources required were not available within the Department. (b)

57,825

(0)

Goninan & Associates Provide support services to Internal Audit. Day to day support was required due to the long term absence of a staff member. Other staff with the relevant expertise were not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

23,000

(34,627)

KPMG Conduct a review to determine whether the Sydney Airport Noise Amelioration Program Risk assessment and Risk Management Plan is appropriate to the level and nature of risks to which the program is exposed. The bulk of the Department's internal audit Program is outsourced.(b)

6,650

(6,650)

KPMG Undertake a review of corrective action undertaken at several locations within the Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Division of the Department as a result of several audit reports. The bulk of the Department's internal audit and related services are outsourced. (a)(iii) (b)

14,655

(15,077)

KPMG Undertake an internal audit Review of Facilities Management. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available within the Department. The bulk of the Department's Internal Audit Program is outsourced. (b)

20,318

(20,318)

KPMG Conduct an internal audit of official hospitality expenditure within the Department. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with its internal audit function. (b)

9,887

(9,887)

KPMG Undertake a follow up internal audit review of the Facilities Management including the preparation of a Department wide Business Resumption Plan. The bulk of the Department's Internal Audit Program is outsourced. (b)

23,355

(12,000)

KPMG Conduct an internal audit of the International Services Airline Activity system within the Department. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with its internal audit function. (b)

10,937

(0)

Pricewaterhouse Coopers Conduct an internal audit of the administration of the Local Government Development Program within the Department. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with its internal audit function. (b)

10,500

(10,500)

Pricewaterhouse Coopers Undertake a Post Implementation Review of the Department's new financial management system. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with its internal audit function. (b)

21,000

(16,800)

Walter & Turnbull Conduct an internal audit review of the Secretary's Quarterly Checks of specific matters for the period July to December 1998. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with its internal audit function. (b)

12,920

(12,920)

Walter & Turnbull Conduct an internal audit of Airport Environment and the Building Control Recoveries Costing System within the Department. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with its internal audit function. (b)

9,300

(9,300)

Walter & Turnbull Conduct an internal audit review of the Secretary's Quarterly Checks of specific matters for the period January to July 1998. The Department has outsourced most of the detailed work associated with the internal audit function. (b)

13,600

(10,880)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

13
$233,947
$158,959


Trade and Cross-Modal Policy Branch

Suzanne Capell & Associates Pty Ltd Facilitate a one day strategic planning workshop for the Integrated Logistics Network (ILN) and develop a strategic plan. The ILN is a Commonwealth, State and Territory body of senior transport logistics officials and was established to reduce duplication between the states and to develop a partnership approach between the regions to improve Australia's transport logistics systems on a national scale. The workshop was arranged to maximise effectiveness and contribution of ILN members. Persons with the necessary facilitation skills were not available from within the Department. (b)

5,671

(5,671)

Tradegate Australia Limited (Tradegate ECA) Conduct hosting, administration and maintenance of APEC website and associated servers. External assistance was sought due to lack of in-house resources and the need for rapid access to the latest technology and expertise in its application. (b)

11,900

(11,900)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$17,571
$17,571

Information Management Branch

Banyan Systems Australia Pty Ltd Provide Banyan Vines System administration and support, Beyond Mail problem resolution and post upgrade auditing of the e-mail system. The consultant was also required to provide ad hoc informal training. Suitable expertise for these tasks was unavailable from within the Department. (b)

9,400

(9,400)

Computer Power Pty Ltd Complete a scoping study to report on the cost and methodology to convert the Occurrence Analysis and Safety Information System application (used by the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation) to a windows application, undertake year 2000 remediation work and provide essential enhancements. Staff with the relevant expertise and experience were not available from within the Department. (b)

59,800

(59,800)

GECITS Consortium Conduct a scoping study into the implementation of an information and records management system. The scoping study was comprised of three major components viz. replacement of the existing Record Management system to meet the Year 2000 compliance requirement, electronic document management and workflow management. The consultancy was conducted in accordance with guidelines and arrangements established by the Office of Government Online (OGO) for whole of government acquisition of information management systems. Staff with the relevant expertise and experience were not available from within the Department. (b)

65,760

(65,760)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

3
$134,960
$134,960

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Bureau of Transport Economics

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

7
$931,130
$196,570

Bureau of Transport Economics
Business and Finance Services

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

Bureau of Transport Economics

Applied Economics Pty Ltd Prepare a treatise recommending discount rates for use in transport benefitcost analyses. The output from this task generated a chapter in a forthcoming BTE report, Facts and Furphies in BenefitCost Analysis: Transport'. The aim of the report was to assist readers, including non-economists, in how to conduct a benefitcost analysis. The choice of a discount rate is a key issue in benefitcost analysis that has produced much confusion and debate. In practice, most analysts rely on past precedent to choose discount rates, with little idea of the original rationale. A fresh look at the choice of discount rates was therefore needed. To have undertaken this review independently would have stretched BTE staff resources. An outside consultant with expertise in this field was therefore engaged. (a)(iii) (b)

10,000

(10,380)

Glass's Guide Provide data to assist the BTE to investigate how transport polices will affect future levels of road use and analyse how Australian vehicle fleets have changed over time. The BTE has done considerable work on analysing trends in average vehicle fleet characteristics and to examine these trends in greater detail required substantial extra data which were not available from within the Department. (b)

17,250

(17,250)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$27,250
$27,630

Business and Finance Services

Patrick Bullman Assist with the processing of end of year transactions, examine relevant transaction processing systems, recommend appropriate modifications and implement improvements where possible. The specialist expertise required to carry out this task was unavailable from within the Department. (b)

2,000

(2,000)

Chris Adams and Associates Pty Ltd Provide training to raise the general level of awareness of Departmental staff in Australian Public Service financial management practices, in particular the transition from cash to accrual budgets. The consultant was engaged to deliver courses aimed at staff below Senior Executive Service (SES) level plus additional overview courses directed at the SES. Courses covered the management reforms and addressed topics including:
  • the environment of the new financial arrangements;
  • planning for and delivering Departmental outputs and how these relate to Government outcomes;
  • the measurement of performance in an outputs-based environment;
  • the concept of accrual budgeting;
  • methodologies for costing of outputs.

Staff with the necessary expertise in the Department were unavailable to carry out this task. (a)(i) (b)

10,000

(18,375)

Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group-ICS Pty Ltd Provide enhancement services in support of the SAP R/3 Financials systems software deployed within the Department, including:
  • additional functionality;
  • major modifications;
  • developments of reports;
  • integration of the SAP Human Resource system;
  • agency banking;
  • system reconfiguration;
  • technical support;
  • financial statements services; and
  • other projects as required.

Staff with relevant detailed skills and knowledge of the SAP product were not available within the Department. (b)

782,380

(99,500)

KPMG trading as KPMG Consulting Provide a range of professional advice and other assistance, as required to aid the Department in :
  • identifying the outputs, including the relevant performance information the Department will deliver to the Minister in 1999-2000,
  • costing of the Department's outputs to the Minister and preparation of the Department's budgeted financial statements for 1999-2000 and forward years,
  • preparing the Department's Portfolio Budget Statements, including the above mentioned items; and
  • carrying out other ongoing activities as necessary to assist the Department in diverting its own resources to preparation of the above items.

The consultant was required to train and transfer the necessary skills in relation to the above to Departmental staff. (b)

100,000

(39,565)

The Green & Green Group Pty Ltd Provide professional recruitment support to facilitate staff selection within the Business and Financial Services Branch of the Department. Staff with the necessary expertise in the Department were unavailable to carry out this task. (b)

9,500

(9,500)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

5
$903,880
$168,940

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Regional Services, Territories & Local Government Division

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

15
$1,564,174
$798,198

Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Executive
Regional Development and Communications Branch
Pacific and Indian Ocean Territories Branch (Indian Ocean Territories)
Pacific and Indian Ocean Territories Branch (Jervis Bay Territory)
Regional Services and Local Government Branch
Regional Support and Mainland Territories Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Executive

BRW Financial Training Provide accrual accounting training to Departmental staff. The need for this training arose when the Commonwealth Government's initial financial management reforms required departments and agencies to prepare annual accrual-based financial reports, and to provide information necessary for the preparation of accrual-based Whole of Government financial reports. The Joint Committee of Public Accounts and National Commission of Audit recommended that these reforms be extended to include the adoption of an integrated, outcomes and outputs focused, accrual-based, resource management framework. The Government has determined that the integrated, accrual-based framework be operational from financial year 1999-2000. This particular consultant was chosen because of the work that the organisation had carried out in association with the Department of Finance and Administration to develop a training strategy for agencies in the Australian Public Service. Staff with the required specialist skills were not available in the Department. (b)

40,000

(5,850)

People and Strategy (ACT) Prepare and deliver Divisional and Branch planning workshops together with production of reports on the workshops and workshops outcomes. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

10,750

(10,750)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$50,750
$16,600


Regional Development and Communications Branch

AMR: Quantum Harris Provide formative research necessary to shape the Regional Australia Strategy communications approach and report on existing attitudes about what the Commonwealth Government is doing for regional Australia and the most appropriate/ effective means of communicating the message. The consultant was also required to concept test a proposed print advertisement including reaction to text, graphics, logo and tagline and provide an indication of the effectiveness of the print advertisement in achieving communication objectives. Staff with relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(i)

35,000

(44,550)

AMR Quantum Harris Conduct research to determine those issues that affect regional Australians. This research will feed into the overall Regional Australia Strategy communications campaign and will help define the communications approach, particularly promotional tools, mechanisms and target audiences. It will also enable the Department to improve its understanding of regional issues to respond appropriately to concerns. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

148,100

(0)

Brian Elton and Associates Pty Ltd Assist a specified region with the following activities for the Regional Forums Australia Program
  • draft a regional future brief prior to a regional forum being held,
  • organise a regional presentation at the forum,
  • carry out tasks associated with organising and running the regional forum over two days,
  • assist after the forum (maximum of four month period) in identifying and promoting opportunities for turning priority tasks identified in the regional future brief and the forum into action, including assisting proposal development, liaison and negotiation with people and agencies within and outside the region,
  • provide a report to the Department documenting the processes used, outputs, outcomes, an analysis of the tasks undertaken, lessons learnt and detailed recommendations on how future regional forums could be better conducted. This project required specialist skills not available within the Department. (b)

100,000

(0)

Spiller Gibbins Swan Pty Ltd Assist a specified region with the following activities for the Regional Forums Australia Program
  • draft a regional future brief prior to a regional forum being held,
  • organise a regional presentation at the forum,
  • carry out tasks associated with organising and running the regional forum over two days,
  • assist after the forum (maximum of four month period) in identifying and promoting opportunities for turning priority tasks identified in the regional future brief and the forum into action, including assisting proposal development, liaison and negotiation with people and agencies within and outside the region,
  • provide a report to the Department documenting the processes used, outputs, outcomes, an analysis of the tasks undertaken, lessons learnt and detailed recommendations on how future regional forums could be better conducted. This project required specialist skills not available within the Department. (b)

96,000

(0)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

4
$379,100
$44,550


Pacific and Indian Ocean Territories Branch (Indian Ocean Territories)

Ernst & Young Provide accrual based costing of service delivery including asset ownership and maintenance in the Indian Ocean Territories and Jervis Bay. Expertise for this task was not available within the Department. (b)

149,484

(120,350)

Godden McKay Pty Ltd Conduct a review of properties and precincts on Christmas Island listed on the Register of the National Estate. Staff with the expertise and specialised skills necessary to conduct this review were not available within the Department. (b)

80,000

(80,000)

Symonds Facilities & Project Management Review the operations of the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) to ensure the ongoing adequacy as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the provision of health services to the Indian Ocean Territories. The aim of the review was to determine the value for money spent, make recommendations for improvements and to identify any best practice areas in the IOTHS. The IOTHS was benchmarked against similar health service providers in similar settings and the current efficiency of resource utilisation was addressed. Staff with the required skills and expertise were not available from within the Department.

62,090

(49,918)

Unisys Ltd Conduct a review of Information Technology and embedded systems in the Indian Ocean and Jervis Bay Territories to ascertain compliance, take remedial actions and make contingency plans. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available from within the Department. (b)

500,000

(186,090)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

4
$791,574
$436,358


Pacific and Indian Ocean Territories Branch (Jervis Bay Territory)

Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd Provide specialist advice and assistance concerning the JBT Electricity Distribution and Retail Services Systems as part of the proposed changes to service delivery arrangements. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available from within the Department. (b)

20,000

(11,440)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$20,000
$(11,440)


Regional Services and Local Government Branch

Phillips Fox Lawyers Provide research to facilitate the harmonisation of development assessment procedures in Australia. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

80,000

(70,000)

Brian Elton and Associates Pty Ltd Conduct a series of 20 local government workshops throughout regional Australia to showcase leading practice in local government provision of services, infrastructure, governance and innovation. Appropriate skills and expertise were unavailable from within the Department.

163,500

(140,000)

Capital Public Affairs & Consultants Conduct a wide ranging review of the performance of the National Awards for Innovation in Local Government by surveying key stakeholders, local government councils and sponsors. An inventory of twenty five other award programs was produced as the basis for a comparison. Staff with the relevant skills and expertise were not available from within the Department.

45,000

(45,000)

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

3
$288,500
$255,000


Regional Support and Mainland Territories Branch

SMEC Australia Pty Ltd Design a proposed Flood Mitigation Programme and develop:
  • Programme Guidelines;
  • Application Form and Information for Applicants;
  • Partnership Agreements with the States and Territories;
  • Project Prioritisation Criteria under which the Commonwealth will consider projects submitted; and
  • Program Evaluation Criteria under which the Commonwealth will evaluate the program.

Specialist expertise in the field of flood mitigation was required as staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department.

34,250

(34,250)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$34,250
$34,250

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Maritime Division

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

5
$246,099 + USD79,882
$131,458 + USD 5,592

Explanations of symbols shown

(a) Expenditure greater than contracted prices as a result of:

(i) additional tasks being added to the contract, or
(ii) scope of tasks being increased, or
(iii) greater incidental expenditure than estimated.

(b) Not advertised in the Gazette.

Company name Task Performed and justification

Commissioned cost ($)
Expenditure for 1998-99 shown in brackets.

 

Access Economics Prepare an issues paper that assessed the contribution to the economy of the Australian shipping industry as input to advice by the Shipping Reform Working Group (SRWG) to the Government on next steps in shipping reform. Staff with the relevant economic modelling expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

67,599

(67,599)

Aplin Quill Pty Ltd Undertake a review and report to the April 1999 meeting of the National Marine Safety Committee's (NMSC) work priorities and long-term arrangements. The review was requested by the Australian Transport Council (ATC) through the Standing Committee on Transport (SCOT) and was funded by the NMSC. Appropriate technical expertise was not available from within the Department for this consultancy and an independent study was necessary. (b)

34,000

(0)

(Funded by NMSC)

APMI Ltd Address the risks posed by substandard shipping to the marine environment, the welfare of seafarers and the reliability of services and cargo carried. The project was developed by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Working Group. Phase 1 will be completed in 1999 and this review investigated the legislative, economic, or commercial practices of government maritime safety agencies, shipping and related organisation that facilitate the employment of safe shipping in the APEC region. The consultancy was funded and contracted by the APEC Secretariat.

USD79,882

(USD5592 contributed by the Dept to the APEC Secretariat Funds)

(USD5,592 = AUD8,640)

Rix & Associates Conduct a series of training programs to provide Divisional officers with practical techniques for maximising output in terms of quality and quantity. Suitable expertise for this task was not available from within the Department. (b)

24,500

(23,859)

Tasman Asia Pacific Pty Ltd and Meyrick and Associates Pty Ltd Promote effective and efficient port practices in Australia through the examination and comparative assessment of operational practices in Australian and overseas ports. As part of that project, the Marine and Ports Group (MPG) of the Australian Transport Council engaged a consultant to examine and assess measures to promote effective and efficient container and break bulk ports. The consultancy was managed by the Department on behalf of the MPG with funding from the Commonwealth and States/the Northern Territory. The Department's contribution to this consultancy was $40,000. Appropriate technical expertise was not available from within the Department for this consultancy and an independent study was necessary. (b)

120,000

(40,000)

(80,000 funded by States)

 

Total consultants engaged during 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

5
$246,099 + USD79,882
$131,458 + USD 5,592

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