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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3576 ..



Question No. 307

Public Service - Information Technology Consultants

MR WHITECROSS - To ask the Chief Minister - In relation to Gazette No. 26 of 3 July 1996, in which it is stated that a consulting firm, Planning Support Inc. (the Consultant) provided professional services described as "IT Review Consultancy Team" at a cost of $103,441.50.

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

(2) What advice or work did the Consultant give or carry out.

(3) Was a report or reports written by the Consultant; and if so, can you provide a copy of any such report or reports.

(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) Were there any additional costs or reimbursement of expenses paid, and if so can you itemise them.

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

(9) Which department or agency engaged the Consultant.

(10) 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 nature of the consultancy required the use of appropriate and proven costing methodologies; extensive experience in similar costing projects and a strong working knowledge of industry benchmarking techniques and comparative evaluations. The range of appropriate skills and expertise was not available within the ACT Public Service..

(2) The purpose of the Consultancy was to undertake a review of Information technology arrangements across the ACT Public Service.

(3) Copies of the reports were provided to members of the Assembly earlier this year. They are available for purchase.

(4) July 1995 to December 1995

(5) Canberra.

(6) The fee was determined on a fixed price basis in response to written invitation to tender.

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