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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (5 September) . . Page.. 3227 ..




Question No. 279

Public Service - Remuneration Packaging Consultancy

MR WHITECROSS - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 27 August 1996:

In relation to the appointment of McMillan Shakespeare Consulting Pty Ltd as an adviser to the ACT Public Service -

(l) What tendering process was followed.

(2) When was the consultant awarded the consultancy.

(3) When was the appointment gazetted.

(4) What fee is to be paid (a) to the consultant, and (b) by which agency.

(5) Over what period will the consultant be advising the Public Service.

(6) What terms of reference have been given to the consultant.

(7) Does the company normally maintain an office in Canberra - (a) if so, at what address; and (b) if not, why was a Canberra consultant not used.

MRS CARNELL - The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

(I) There are only two firms in Australia providing these services. Recent tender processes in Western Australia and South Australia were used to establish that the McMillan Shakespeare Group could provide the full range of remuneration services to the ACT Public Service at a lower price than the competitor. Performance checks were made with the South Australian Health Commission, the Western Australian Department of Health and the Victorian Directorate of Education.

(2) The Chief Minister's Department informed the McMillan Shakespeare Group on l9 March 1996 of their selection.

(3) Arrangements are being made to gazette the consultancy in accordance with standard procedure.

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