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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3570 ..



Question No. 304

Public Service - Performance Agreements Consultants

MR WHITECROSS - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 4 September 1996:

In relation to Gazette No. 26 of 3 July 1996, in which it is stated that a consulting firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (the Consultant) provided professional advice on the development of draft performance agreements at a cost of $11,440.00.

(1) Why were these services not able to be provided by the ACT Public Service.

(2) To whom did the draft performance agreements relate.

(3) Why is the Consultant a sole supplier of this advice.

(4) What was (a) the date, and (b) the duration which the consultant was engaged.

(5) Where was the consultant located.

(6) How was the fee schedule calculated.

(7) Has the Consultant's fee been fully paid.

(8) Which Department or Agency engaged the Consultant.

(9) Will the Consultancy be reported in this Agency's annual report.

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

(1) The range of appropriate skills and expertise was not at that time available within the ACT Public Service.

(2) The draft performance agreement was a template for the use of any staff within Chief Minister's Department who are required to produce such a document and has been applied widely across the public service.

(3) Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu was enlisted for its relevant expertise and knowledge and the areas of performance measurement.

(4) January 1996 - May 1996.

(5) Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has offices in all capital cities in Australia. For the purpose of this contract the services were provided by officers from Melbourne and Adelaide. Minimal expenditure was paid for travel costs as the consultants were in the ACT on other business and work thereafter was largely carried out by telephone and computer disk.

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