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Competitive Tendering, Consultants and Purchasing

Competitive Tendering
Consultancy Services
Purchasing
Advertising and Market Research

Competitive Tendering

Consistent with Government policy, the Department is exploring market testing and competitive tendering, and contracting where it can be shown to add value to overall performance and program delivery. At the commencement of the financial year, information technology service delivery was fully outsourced, and many other services are regularly acquired from the private sector.

Toward the end of the financial year, steps were taken to commence a review of the Departments corporate services. That work will continue in 20002001, the objectives being to identify the future corporate services needs of the Department and to implement best-practice performance improvement measures.

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Consultancy Services

The Department relies on its staff to perform its functions, but timely access to consultants is required where:

  • specialist skills not available in the Department are required;
  • they bring greater objectivity and independence to the task;
  • rapid access to the latest technology and experience in its application is needed;
  • appropriate in-house resources do not exist;
  • the Department benefits from their broader experience and practices; and
  • specialist skills can be transferred to departmental staff associated with the project.

The selection and engagement of consultants is based on obtaining competitive public or restricted offers through open and effective competition, observing accountability requirements and achieving value for money.

During 19992000, 175 consultants were engaged by the Department. Of those, 21 consultants received no payments and the contracts were carried over to 20002001. The total amount paid to consultants during the financial year was
$7 983 302.

Details of individual consultancies valued at $10 000 or more may be found on the Departments website at www.dotars.gov.au/department/annual_report/1999_2000/Consultancies.aspx or a printed copy may be requested from:

Joseph Hanna
Contracts and Purchasing Advisory Group
Department of Transport and Regional Services
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Phone (02) 6274 6291
Fax (02) 6274 7991
Email Joseph.Hanna@dotars.gov.au

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Purchasing

The Departments purchasing practices and procedures are consistent with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines, and pragmatic to help achieve program objectives effectively and efficiently.

General purchasing is fully devolved to Divisions, and acquisitions and expenditure are monitored at divisional level to ensure objectives are met. The participation of small to medium Australian and New Zealand enterprises in the Departments purchasing activities is encouraged.

An accredited purchasing unit within the Department monitored all procurement of $2000 or more during 19992000 to ensure that the principles of value for money, open and effective competition, and ethics and fair dealing are applied consistently and appropriately.

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Advertising and Market Research

In 19992000 the Department paid the amounts (of more than $1500) detailed below to advertising agencies, market research, polling, direct mail, and media advertising organisations.

Table 10 advertising and market research

  1. = Airports Division
  2. = Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  3. = Aviation Division
  4. = Cross-modal and Maritime Transport Division
  5. = Land Transport Division
  6. = Regional Services, Development and Local Government Division
  7. = Territories and Regional Support Division
PAID TO REASON COST $
Advertising agencies
Mirror Australian Telegraph Publications (6) National Awards for Innovation in Local Government supplement in The Australian 50 351.00
Coxinall Communications (6) Cross Country segment on National Awards for Innovation in Local Government 8 200.00
Eryl Morgan Publications (6) National Awards for Innovation in Local Government advertisement in February 2000 edition of Local Government Focus 7 160.00
Buxton & Buxton (7) GST and External Territories brochure 5 985.00
Coxinall Communications (6) Production of promotional videotape on National Awards for Innovation in Local Government 4 090.00
Indigo Arch (6) National Awards for Innovation in Local Government advertisements in Local Government Management 3 600.00
Di Walker Design (6) National Awards for Innovation in Local Government advertisement production 2 990.00
Swell Design (5) Design supplement for Moree Champion newspaper 2 635.00
Skyline Displays Australia Pty Ltd (6) Digital artwork preparation and banners for Rural Transaction Centres program 1 707.50
Swell Design (5) Design for Border Mail advertisement. 1 170.00
Market research organisations
Managing Innovation Marketing Consultancy Pty Ltd (2) Conduct research into the concept of protective headwear for occupants of passenger cars 75 265.00
Michels Warren (6) Development of public relations strategy for the Rural Transaction Centres program 63 368.77
AMR Quantum Harris (6) Completion of stage 2 research into issues affecting regional Australia 59 000.00
AMR Quantum Harris (6) Market-testing regional logos and taglines 52 500.00
Taverner Research (2) Undertake a national survey of community attitudes to road safety issues 51 930.00
Stancombe Research and Planning Pty Ltd (2) Undertake community attitudes survey with designated at-risk groups on speeding issues 49 440.00
AMR Quantum Harris (6) Final payment for stage 1 of research into issues affecting regional Australia 44 550.00
Big Picture Marketing Communications (6) Market research and public relations associated with Regional Australia Summit 7 600.00
Polling organisations
Nil
Direct mail organisations
DAS Distribution (2) Distribute road safety educational material 44 739.00
National Mailing and Marketing Pty Ltd (3) Mailing out survey forms 2 042.00
Media advertising organisations
AIS Media (6) Inviting applications for Rural Communities Program and Rural Plan January 2000 28 205.00
AIS Media (6) Inviting applications for Rural Communities Program and Rural Plan November 1999 26 592.00
AIS Media (6) Advertising for expression of interest for Brokers under the Rural Transaction Centres program 20 472.21
AIS Media (7) Regional Flood Mitigation Programme advertising for year 2 12 242.00
AIS Media (6) Advertising Research and Development Programme 10 495.76
AusInfo Advertising of Continuing Voyage Permits. 10 016.00
AIS Media (6) National Awards for Innovation in Local Government, various newspaper advertising 9 317.68
AIS Media (1) Advertisements seeking expressions of interest in project management services for the Adelaide Airport Noise Amelioration Program 6 974.00
Advertising Investment Services (4) Lloyds List International public notices National Competition Policy Review of the Navigation Act 1912 6 541.00
NewsNet (6) Advertising of Young Australian of the Year Awards, NSW, in Daily Telegraph 5 000.00
Herald and Weekly Times (6) Advertising of Young Australian of the Year Awards, Victoria 5 000.00
Advertising Investment Services (4) APEC Transportation Working Group tender Towards Mutual Recognition of Transport Professional Qualifications 3 822.00
AIS Media (6) Advertising Beef 2000 Rockhampton 3 623.15
Advertising Investment Services (4) APEC Transportation Working Group tender Facilitation of International Shipping 3 392.00
Advertising Investment Services (4) APEC Transportation Working Group tender Phase 1 of Identification of Needed Intermodal Skills and Development of Required Training Programs Facilitation of International Shipping 2 733.00
AIS Media (5) Convey government position on route selection process for Newell Highway at Moree 3 000.00
Free Rain Concepts Printing (4) Redevelopment of Airfreight Council of Queenslands brochure International Air Freight Users Guide 3 000.00
AIS Media (2) Advertising for the 19992000 Road Safety Research seeding grants 2 723.00
AIS Media (6) Advertising opening of Aramac and Gresford Rural Transaction Centres 2 689.88
AIS Media (6) Advertising opening of Welshpool Rural Transaction Centre 2 398.47
AIS Media (6) Advertising opening of Eugowra and St Marys Rural Transaction Centres 2 369.12
AIS Media (6) Inviting applications under the Rural Domestic Violence Programme 2 200.00
AIS Media (6) Advertising Understanding Rural Australia Programme 2 187.94
AIS Media (5) Convey government position on route selection process for Hume Highway upgrading at AlburyWodonga 2 000.00
AIS Media (6) Advertising opening of Urana Rural Transaction Centre 1 851.86
AIS Media (6) Advertise Agquip Gunnedah Workshop 1 616.00
AIS Media (1) Advertisements seeking public submissions on proposed amendments to the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 1 575.00


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