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Canberra Institute of Technology—procurement

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (2.57), by leave: I move:

That the Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) receives the majority of its funding from the ACT Government, and is accountable to Canberra taxpayers;

(b) CIT has awarded seven contracts for consultancy services valued at $8.87 million since 2017 to one individual and their associated business entities;

(c) three of the contracts were sole-sourced, and four went to open tender. The same individual and their associated business entities continued to win each tender;

(d) the value of contracts has steadily escalated since 2017;

(e) one of the earliest contracts in 2017 was valued at $86 280.58; the contract in 2022 was valued at $4 999 990.00;

(f) the daily cost of contracted services has risen from $1058.82 per day in 2017 to $9980.02 per day for the contract signed in March 2022, plus associated travel and related costs;

(g) despite these steeply increasing costs, the services provided by the contractor have not substantially changed over the same period of time;

(h) the services provided by the contractor are predominantly mentoring and workshops for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and executive team;

(i) in 2019, CIT ignored a request from the Government Procurement Board to provide them with an update related to these procurements;

(j) it is not clear, and there is very little publicly available information as to what outcomes or results have been delivered by the contractor;

(k) the contract documents for these procurements do not contain information that would otherwise normally be included in ACT Government contracts for consultancy services, such as:

(i) names of specified personnel providing the services;

(ii) hourly or daily rates;

(iii) milestone payment amounts and dates; and

(iv) defined deliverables and due dates; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) commission an independent, comprehensive audit of this series of procurements made by CIT, to determine:

(i) whether CIT requires the services;

(ii) whether procurement processes were unbiased;

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