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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 233 ..




Urban Services Portfolio - Consultancies

Ms Follett - asked the Minister for Urban Services: In relation to consultancies for each and every Ministerial portfolio held by you -

(1) What are the current consultancies let or proposed to be let within each Department/Agency in your portfolio.

(2) What is the cost of each consultant.

(3) Why could the work of each consultancy not have been performed by public servants within the Department/Agency or elsewhere in the ACT Government Service.

(4) Is any consultant exercising any delegation in relation to public servants.

Mr De Domenico - the answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(1) The employment of a consultant is proposed to assist in the preparation and presentation of purchasing awareness training to ACT Government staff. The aim of the awareness training is to improve the skills of ACT Government purchasing officers and to maximise the business opportunities for local suppliers.

(2) The cost is expected to be approximately $40,000.

(3) The use of a consultant to assist in the project is necessary due to the lack of in-house resources to deliver the training in a timely manner and the specialised skills are not available within the ACT Public Service (ACTPS).

(4) No.

(1) Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu was commissioned on 12 and 13 December 1995 to facilitate two workshops with industry on Pre Qualification in Construction and Quality Assurance in Purchasing, as part of the review requested by the Minister for Urban Services.

(2) $6,000.

(3) High level of facilitation required with an expert knowledge of the quality industry. Independent facilitations were required to bring greater objectivity and independence to the task.

(4) No.

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