The Commission’s purchasing is undertaken in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. Further guidance is provided to staff through the Commission’s purchasing guide and the Chief Executive’s Instructions.
The Commission also established a framework for managing the risks inherent in procurement activities and have operational guidelines to support staff in assessing the risks associated with their projects.
The Commission published our annual procurement plan on the AusTender website (as required by the procurement guidelines) to facilitate early procurement planning for 2012–13.
The Commission was not appropriated funds to deliver outcomes through purchaser–provider arrangements in 2012–13; accordingly, a nil response is provided against this annual report requirement.
The Commission engages consultancy services in circumstances where we require particular expertise that is not available internally or where independent advice is required. During 2012–13, the Commission entered into 42 (31 in 2011–12) new consultancy contracts, involving total actual expenditure of $0.87 million ($0.93 million in 2011–12). In addition, 10 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during 2012–13, involving total actual expenditure of $0.49 million (13 involving $1.19 million in 2011–12).
Information on the value of contracts and consultancies for 2012–13 is available through the AusTender website.
Table 21 details expenditure on consultancy contracts between 2010–11 and 2012–13.
|Year||Number of new consultancies let||Number of ongoing consultancy contracts that were active||Total actual expenditure on new consultancy contracts
|Total actual expenditure on ongoing consultancy contracts that were active
|Total actual expenditure on consultancy contracts
The Commission’s standard-form contracts for services and consultancies provide for access by the Auditor-General.
The Commissioner may direct that contract details are not to be reported on the AusTender website if they would be subject to an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and the Commissioner considers that the information is genuinely sensitive and harm is likely to be caused by its disclosure. The Commission did not issue any exemptions during 2012–13.