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Section B : Consultants Engaged In Previous Financial Years But Still Under Engagement During 1998-99.

Aviation Division

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


1
$135,655
$79,454

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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.

Australian Airport Consulting and Technical Services Pty Ltd Provide aerodrome technical advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia, including some aerodrome survey and inspection services. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

135,655

(79,454)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


1
$135,655
$79,454

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Airports Division

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


13
$3,230,165
$2,458,927

Planning Branch
Sydney West Airport Taskforce

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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.

Planning Branch

AWTA 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)

16,380

(11,036)

De Angelis Taylor & Associates Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for Scalabrini Village, Bexley for the public buildings program under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(iii) (b)

39,450

(39,850)

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

37,650

(40,660)

ETRS Pty Ltd Conduct quality assurance and quality audit of wool insulation products used in the residential insulation scheme. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

28,640

(8,975)

Gordon Valich Architects Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for the public buildings program under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

58,200

(68,331)

Haden Project Management Provide design and documentation services for Bexley Benevolent Society for the public buildings program under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

50,200

(53,840)

Haden Project Management Provide design and documentation services for Fairmont Nursing Home for the public buildings program under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

17,000

(18,483)

Lawes & Associates Pty Ltd Provide design and documentation services for Church of Christ, Bexley, Bexley Baptist Church and Kurnell Baptist Church under the Sydney Aircraft Noise Insulation Project. Appropriate technical expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

87,500

(91,002)

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

6,045

(0)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


9
$341,065
$332,177


Sydney West Airport Taskforce

Airport Planning Pty Ltd Provide planning and design services for the second Sydney airport. The consultant was required to undertake investigations and prepare airport master plans, cost estimates, and preliminary construction plans for the development of a major international/domestic airport on sites at Badgerys Creek and Holsworthy. The outputs from this study were essential inputs to the concurrent environmental impact statement process for the second airport. Adequate staff with the expertise and specialised skills necessary to undertake the airport planning and design task were not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

1,232,900

(90,771)

Aquatech Pty Ltd Summarise all submissions made on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed second Sydney airport, and prepare a report containing this information and the methodology used. Summarising all submissions was a requirement of the administrative guidelines for the Environmental Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974, which also required that issues raised must be addressed in the final EIS. The Department could not have assembled the in-house resources in the time available to undertake this task. In addition, specialist expertise was required to assemble the database containing the submission summaries. This expertise was not available in the Department.

135,725

(135,725)

Cosway Australia Pty Ltd Conduct a public awareness program for the second Sydney airport proposal during 1997-98 and 1998-99. It was envisaged that this consultancy would assist in informing the public about the proposal and the associated environmental and economic issues and in monitoring and responding to the media debate. Specialist communications expertise was required to provide substantial issues and media management. Staff with the relevant skills were not available in the Department.

250,000

(93,462)

PPK Environment & Infrastructure Prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a second Sydney airport. The consultant was required to assess the environmental implications of proceeding with a major international /domestic airport development at the Badgerys Creek or Holsworthy sites, to prepare a draft EIS for public exhibition, to prepare a final EIS responding to issues raised in public comments on the draft EIS, and participate in a community consultation program during the preparation of, and following the release of, the draft EIS. Staff with the expertise and specialised skills necessary to undertake the environmental assessment task were not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

1,270,475

(1,806,792)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

4
$2,889,100
$2,126,750

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Bureau Of Air Safety Investigation

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


3
$92,605
$83,480

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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.

Computer Power Pty Ltd Update existing system documentation in the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) computerised database Occurrence Analysis and Safety Information System (OASIS), to correspond with the current production system. The consultant was required to include entity-relationship diagrams, data flow diagrams and the current physical data model in the documentation and conduct a transaction analysis of major processing. Following an evaluation of work completed under Stage 1 and due to the urgent need to have the work completed, Computer Power were contracted to complete Stage 2 of the system documentation. Departmental staff with the necessary skills were not available to carry out this work within the required time frame. (b)

24,200

(24,200)

Emperor Aviation Provide editorship and associated services in the preparation of the Asia Pacific Air Safety magazine. The consultant was required to co-ordinate and control the preparation of air safety material for issues 21 and 22 of the Bureau's Asia Pacific Air Safety (APAS) magazine including selecting themes, research, soliciting information, actively seeking advertising, developing and writing articles, preparing contributed articles, obtaining appropriate photographs, diagrams, drawings and tables and liaising with government agencies, the aviation industry and aviation technical experts for safety promotional material. The consultant also supervised and controlled the design, layout, production and distribution to ensure production to specifications, on time and within budget. Departmental staff with the appropriate editorial skills were not available within the required time frame. (a) (i) (b)

27,375

(18,250)

Scientific Management Associates Australia Pty Ltd Update the user manual relating to the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) computerised database Occurrence Analysis and Safety Information System (OASIS) and reformat consistent with International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9000 series standard.

This system is used to facilitate a more comprehensive systemic analysis of aviation incidents and accidents. This manual is primarily used as the means for new air safety investigators to familiarise themselves with the system. Expertise within BASI to undertake this complex and specialised task was not available. (b)

41,030

(41,030)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


3
$92,605
$83,480

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Land Transport Division

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


7
$481,800
$200,227

Roads Branch
Rails Branch
Infrastructure Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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

Goodchild Research Studies Pty Ltd (GRS) Provide professional engineering and economics services to the Assistant Secretary (Roads Branch) in the management of the Commonwealth's role in:
  • Austroads Inc Project on Implementation of Investment Appraisal Mechanisms (Road System Management No 36) and subsequent development of an evaluation manual;
  • a survey of bridges to identify and prioritise investment in bridges required to allow introduction of the higher road vehicle mass limits identified as desirable in the National Road Transport Commission Mass Limits Review; and
  • implementation of further Austroads Inc projects following their scoping and award of contracts.

Suitable resources within the Department were not able to be allocated to this work due to other priorities. The Principal of GRS had a close working knowledge of the Department's and Austroads' operations and relationship, and recent background in this type of work.(b)

80,000

(14,223)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


1
$80,000
$14,223


Rail Branch

Blake Dawson Waldron Draft a legal Agreement to amend the 1997 Commonwealth/South Australia: Railways Agreement. The purpose of the Agreement was to facilitate abolition of Australian National and to allow South Australia to transfer to the Commonwealth or its nominee (Australian Rail Track Corporation ARTC) the Keswick to Belair section of the interstate track. Development of the Agreement involved considerable detailed negotiation with South Australia. In addition, it was determined that a further Agreement between the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and TransAdelaide was necessary. Independent legal advice was required due to the number of parties involved. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(i) (b)

1,000

(20,000)

Booz Allen Hamilton (Australia) Ltd Conduct a due diligence process in regard to the management of the interstate rail infrastructure business in Victoria, including assets, contracts and business systems. Suitable skills to conduct this work were not available from within the Department.

351,100

(122,100)

Maunsell Pty Ltd Present the findings of a report prepared by the consultant titled'A Study of Rail Standards and Operational Requirements' and assist with facilitation of discussion at the Industry Workshop on Rail Reform. The workshop was designed to facilitate industry participation in the rail reform process. The consultant's report, commissioned by the Department on behalf of the Standing Committee on Transport, was used as the basis for discussion at the workshop. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

7,200

(6,808)

Professor Derek Scrafton Facilitate negotiations between stakeholders with a view to reaching agreement on how the draft Standards for Accessible Transport for people with disabilities might be implemented. It was important that an independent facilitator be appointed, as there had been some disagreement over the issue and the Commonwealth was seen as having a vested interest in particular outcomes. All parties reported that communication had improved a great deal, and concrete examples of progress were apparent by the conclusion of the contract. The requirement for independent involvement precluded use of Departmental staff. (b)

8,000

(6,138)

Professor Derek Scrafton Facilitate negotiations between stakeholders with a view to reaching agreement on how the draft Standards for Accessible Transport for people with disabilities might be implemented. It was important that an independent facilitator be appointed, as there had been some disagreement over the issue and the Commonwealth was seen as having a vested interest in particular outcomes. All parties reported that communication had improved a great deal, and concrete examples of progress were apparent by the conclusion of the contract. The requirement for independent involvement precluded use of Departmental staff. (b)

8,000

(3,738)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


5
$375,300
$158,784


Infrastructure Branch

Access Economics Pty Ltd Specify a methodology for assessing the impact on tax liabilities of a typical infrastructure project as a consequence of it receiving tax offsets under the Land Transport Facilities Infrastructure Tax Offset Scheme utilising the full range of lenders available. Separate models incorporated worst case and likely case were also requested as part of this task. The Terms of Reference also included a requirement to specify a methodology to be used to estimate the taxation revenue that would be forgone as a result of allowing the tax offsets for individual project applications under the Scheme. In addition, there was a requirement for provision of an estimate of the dollar amount of infrastructure that could be supported by $75 million net cost to revenue based on worst case and best case assumptions, including a graph and algorithm. The skills and expertise for this consultancy were not available within the Department. (a)(i)

26,500

(27,220)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


1
$26,500
$27,220

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Federal Office of Road Safety

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


18
$2,309,298
$1,436,961

Motor Transport Branch
Road User Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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

Acumen Alliance Provide project management support and advice for the Road Vehicle Certification System. The work involved provision of specialist information technology project management skills which were not available within the Department. (a)(i) (b)

34,114

(40,300)

Autoliv Australia Conduct a series of passenger front side impact crash tests. Facilities required were not available from within the Department. (b)

235,000

(235,000)

Computer Power Pty Ltd Design a software module for the Road Vehicle Certification System CERTIFY system involving re-engineering of the current business process, development of technical specification for computer software and process documentation suitable for inclusion in the Office's quality systems. Specialist expertise was not available within the Department. (a) (i)

164,399

(80,100)

Computer Power Pty Ltd Provide assistance in relation to building Stage 2 of the Road Vehicle Certification System. The work involved provision of specialist information technology project management skills which were not available within the Department. (a)(ii)

200,000

(568,329)

Computer Sciences Corporation of Australia Provide project management support for the Road Vehicle Certification System. The work involved specialist information technology project management skills which were not available within the Department.

80,834

(64,598)

Mr Don Dunoon As a member of the Independent Reference Committee for the Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA), oversight the work, and provide guidance and advice to, the MVSA Review Task Force. The consultant was required to ensure that all relevant data sources were accessed, the analysis of issues complied with the Terms of Reference, the analysis was thorough, economically rigorous and took into account all relevant issues and all conclusions were supported by the analysis of material provided to or covered by the Review.(a)(i) (b)

10,000

(11,400)

Keatsdale Pty Ltd Determine the cost effectiveness of Australian periodic motor vehicle inspection practices. Arrangements vary widely from compulsory government administered schemes (ACT) , and private administered schemes (NSW) to no inspection requirements (SA). The necessary expertise was not available in the Department. (b)

40,000

(10,000)

Dr Roger Mauldon As Chair of the Independent Reference Committee for the Review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA), oversee the work of, and provide guidance and advice to, the MVSA Review Task Force. The consultant was required to ensure that all relevant data sources were accessed, the analysis of issues complied with the Terms of Reference, the analysis was thorough, economically rigorous and took into account all relevant issues. All conclusions were supported by the analysis of material provided to or covered by the Review. Membership of the Independent Reference Committee required a capacity to represent the interests of stakeholders and to provide independent guidance to the MVSA Review Task Force. The consultant is highly regarded for his work in various reviews of a similar nature and was well placed to represent the interests of the broad community.(a)(i) (b)

10,000

(11,060)

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) Undertake a study and benefits analysis of a hybrid dynamic side impact standard, based on the current United States and European regulations to determine the potential reduction in Harm for Australia. The study also consisted of an injury reduction assessment, followed by benefit computations. MUARC was required to submit a final report on their findings. The expertise and highly specialised skills necessary to undertake the task were not available within the Department.(b)

53,444

(13,768)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


9
$827,791
$1,034,555


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.

ARRB Transport Research Ltd Undertake an integrity check of the Federal Road Safety Black Spot Program submissions and implementation including the examination of records such as crash data and engineering diagrams. The required expertise was not available within the Department.(b)

49,950

(7,500)

Intstat Australia Pty Ltd Conduct an ad hoc analysis of road safety data. The consultant was also required to provide 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 in the Department.(a) (i)

124,645

(135,434)

Luminis Pty Ltd

(Adelaide Univ. Road Accident Research Unit)

Undertake a project to investigate the relationship between vehicle speeds and crash involvement in rural areas. A central component of the research involved the detailed investigation and reconstruction of some 100 car crashes on rural South Australian roads. The task required expertise not available in the Department. (b)

360,000

(45,000)

Monash University Accident Research Centre Conduct an experimental study using the Victorian Transport Accident Commission's driving simulator to test and develop a range of visual road treatments designed to reduce vehicle speeds. This project is part of a long term research program into low cost perceptual countermeasures. The specialist skills and test equipment required for this research were not available in the Department. (b)

98,760

(0)

Monash University

Accident Research Centre

Conduct a study comparing crashed vehicles with and without airbags to examine airbag effectiveness and identify any problems associated with their introduction in conjunction with Australian Design Rule 69. The range of skills and expertise necessary to carry out this analysis was not available within the Department. (b)

289,350

(0)

QSTATS Data Management and Consulting Provide services relating to the collection and coding of fatal crash data for 1996-97 from coroners' reports. These reports are a primary source of information on fatal road crashes which directs research and public education initiatives. Coding skills were not available within the Department.

135,000

(95,476)

SMEC Australia Pty Ltd Investigate and analyse the pattern of travel speeds and trip times for vehicles engaged in a range of typical urban journeys and develop a method for estimating the potential effects of speed limits and speed enforcement on travel times in urban areas. The required resources and specialised skills were not available within the Department.(b)

70,520

(14,200)

Taverner Research Company Undertake the eleventh (Wave 11) in a series of national surveys of community attitudes to road safety issues. The current survey involved telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of some 1350 Australian residents. The data collection and analysis resources required for this research were not available in the Department. (b)

42,340

(4,234)

University of New South Wales Undertake laboratory and on-road studies involving long distance truck drivers to develop performance indicators for fatigue management in road transport, and provide evaluation tools for road transport operators to determine effectiveness of fatigue management strategies. The task required special expertise in fatigue in road transport and psychometric measurement and analysis that was not available in the Department. The consultant is recognised as a world expert in the field. (b)

310,942

(100,562)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


9
$1,481,507
$404,406

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Corporate Division

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

9
$391,600
$404,342

People and Organisation Branch
Trade and Cross-Modal Policy Branch
Information Management Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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.

People and Organisation Branch

Ross Begbie and Associates Conduct workshops on Results Through People which provide managers with a better understanding of their roles, the skills necessary to do their jobs more effectively and the motivation to want to apply the lessons learned. Staff with the relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (a)(i) (b)

22,800

(44,850)

Tony D'Arcy and Associates Conduct a Personal Efficiency Program (PEP) for the Department Graduate Administrative Assistants and Ministers office staff. The consultant was also required to provide coursework on time management, project planning and priority setting to put PEP principles and techniques into practice. Departmental staff with the necessary skills and expertise were not available. (a)(i)(b)

46,800

(72,550)

Tony D'Arcy and Associates Provide an interviewee skills course for Graduate Administrative Assistants and Administrative Services Officers Grades 1-6. Departmental staff with the necessary skills were not available to carry out this task. (a)(i)

9,000

(12,000)

Employee Assistance Service ACT Provide an Employee Assistance Program for Departmental staff. The expertise was not available within the Department. (a)(i)

26,000

(38,560)

Learning for Change Pty Ltd Perform competency based Recognition of Prior Learning assessments and workplace assessments. Assessments were also conducted in those instances where the Department did not have the capacity to conduct the required competency based assessments in-house. The required expertise was not available within the Department.(a)(i)

11,000

(12,100)

People First International Conduct additional modules under the Department's Leadership Program. The consultancy represented an extension of an existing program and the necessary expertise was not available within the Department. (b)

40,500

(5,883)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

6
$156,100
$185,943


Trade and Cross-Modal Policy Branch

Great Southern Communications Produce a training and promotional package on best practice in handling and storing perishable goods for air freight. The package included a training video, a promotional video, a colour poster, training booklet and advertisement coupon. The package was produced as one of the key actions of the Minister's Transport and Logistics Working Group under the Supermarket to Asia initiative. Specialist film production, design, scripting and media expertise was required.

170,000

(167,714)

PPK Environment and Infrastructure Pty Ltd Conduct an initial environment review as the first step in the development of an Environmental Management System for the Department. Staff with the necessary expertise were not available within the Department.

36,000

(33,185)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$206,000
$200,899

 

Information Management Branch

Candle Australia Limited Conduct a training course in SQA software testing tool and set up test packages for Year 2000 compliance testing of client/server applications in the Department. Staff with relevant expertise were not available within the Department. (b)

29,500

(17,500)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$29,500
$17,500

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Bureau of Transport Economics

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


3
$78,195
$45,991

Bureau of Transport Economics
Business and Finance Services

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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

SMEC Australia Pty Ltd Undertake preparation of a short report summarising the shortcomings in state and territory road authority databases that had been provided to the BTE as an input to its modelling work for the Vaile Committee inquiring into Federal Road Funding. The consultant had performed the initial data checking and conversion for the BTE, and was uniquely placed to prepare the report. The ultimate goal of this work was to contribute to raising the standard of road data collection and management systems in Australia by highlighting the existing problems and inconsistencies. Staff with the required technical expertise were not available to carry out this task. (b)

4,195

(4,195)

Southern Cross Computing Pty Ltd Assist BTE staff to construct the Putting Cables Underground Project local costing model as an Access database. This assistance took the form of expert advice on how the model can best be represented as an Access database and the subsequent programming of the model. Staff with the required technical expertise were not available to carry out this task.(a)(iii) (b)

9,000

(9,896)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$13,195
$14,091

 

Business and Finance Services

Acumen Alliance Perform quality assurance for the Department's replacement Financial Management Information System by providing an overall assessment of project success, risks and significant issues. In addition, ad hoc advice was required on general project issues. Other tasks included provision of advice in relation to the Government's new financial management framework. Staff with relevant expertise were not available in the Department. (b)

65,000

(31,900)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$65,000
$31,900

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Regional Services, Territories & Local Government Division

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


6
$176,067
$77,799

Pacific and Indian Ocean Territories Branch (Indian Ocean Territories)
Regional Services and Local Government Branch
Regional Support and Mainland Territories Branch

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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.

Pacific and Indian Ocean Territories Branch (Indian Ocean Territories)

Golder Associates Pty Ltd Investigate a diesel/oil leak on Christmas Island. Staff with the expertise and necessary skills were not available within the Department. (b)

30,000

(12,258)

JT Spafford Pty Ltd Provide advice and guidance on the supply, storage and distribution of fuel on Christmas Island. The task needed specialised skills which were not available in the Department. (b)

8,845

(1,600)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

2
$38,845
$13,858


Regional Services and Local Government Branch

Collie Planning & Development Services Pty Ltd Develop discussion papers, facilitate workshops and carry out intensive consultation with the industry, government regulators and local government associations. This task arose from the Prime Minister's "More Time for Business" statement relating to small business deregulation and the National Office of Local Government was given prime responsibility for the implementation of Recommendation 29 of that statement. The aim was to determine the current status of regulatory reform initiatives in building and residential development throughout Australia. The intended project output was a national Regulatory Reform Implementation Strategy. The task required specialist skills and Departmental staff with adequate expertise were not available within the very short time frame allowed for completion. (b)

69,370

(15,302)

Collie Planning and Development Services Pty Ltd Facilitate the implementation of the Commonwealth Government's regulatory reform strategy for Local Government. Staff with the expertise and necessary skills were not available within the Department. (b)

45,852

(26,282)

Grey O'Keefe & Associates Pty Ltd Obtain sponsorship for the 11th National Awards for Innovation in Local Government.

(a) (ii) (b)

10,000

(20,366)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

3
$125,222
$61,950


Regional Support and Mainland Territories Branch

Ray McHenry Represent the Commonwealth on the Katherine Region Business Re-Establishment Trust. Persons with the expertise and necessary skills were not available within the Department. (b)

12,000

(1,991)

 

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:

1
$12,000
$1,991

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Maritime Division

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


4
$136,443
$17,500

Explanations of symbols shown

Items not showing the symbols (b) to (e) indicate that a public tender process was followed.

(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.

Australia- Maritime Training Inc Conduct the Port Management and Pollution Control Workshop, Project 1/97. This task was a co-operative arrangement between the Australian Maritime College, Launceston and the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC), Geelong. The purpose was to train Indonesian maritime officials/trainers in the areas of port management and pollution control. The project was a first stage strategy aimed at upgrading management skills in port management and pollution control of mid-level officials at three of Indonesia's larger, faster growing ports (Jakarta, Surabaya and Unjung Pandang). The twin objectives of this project was to improve the efficiency of all maritime activities and associated methodologies together with raising the profile of Australia's maritime training capabilities in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Region. Appropriate expertise was unavailable from within the Department. (b)

33,572

(0)

(Funded by AusAID)

Australia- Maritime Training Inc Conduct Understanding International Maritime Conventions, Project 4/97. This project was a cooperative arrangement between the Australian Maritime College, Launceston and the Law Faculty, University of Melbourne. It aimed to improve local understanding of the benefits to be gained, nationally and regionally, from implementing international maritime conventions, particularly IMO conventions by developing a training strategy utilising teaching techniques such as participatory workshop modules and facilitated discussion sessions. Project modules were designed to easily accommodate the interests of other Australia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies. This project allowed an understanding of the procedures necessary for Indonesia to comply with maritime conventions to which they are parties, thus facilitating maritime trade through the adoption and harmonisation of minimum standards. Appropriate specialist skills were not available from within the Department. (b)

29,379

(0)

(Funded by AusAID)

Australia- Maritime Training Inc Conduct Maritime Training Development in the Eastern Region of Indonesia, Project 6/97. The project aimed to identify maritime education and training requirements in Eastern Indonesia and produce a coordinated response. The project examined the particular requirements of the less developed island communities of eastern Indonesia, particularly the provinces of Sulawesi and Maluku, and recommended maritime training measures which enabled an increased flow of tourism and trade to the region. The required specialist expertise and skills were not available from within the Department. (b)

55,992

(0)

(Funded by AusAID)

Tradegate Australia Limited Provide advice and assistance relevant to the promotion and facilitation of electronic commerce (EC) for functions associated with the transport of international sea and air freight in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies. Resources with specialist skills were unavailable from within the Department. (b)

17,500

(17,500)

Total consultants engaged in prior financial years but still under engagement in 1998-99:
Total Commissioned cost:
Total Expenditure:


4
$136,443
$17,500

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