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DFAT Annual Report 1998-99






Appendix 9: Consultancy Services

Consistent with the Government’s policy to focus available resources on core functions, and recognising the value of the different perspectives that consultants can bring to policy and operational issues, the department engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise, or where independent assessments or input are considered desirable.

Selection Processes

The processes used for selecting consultants, both in Australia and at overseas posts, are as follows:

  1. Public tender: Consultancies arranged in Australia are advertised in the daily press, on the department’s Internet site, and through the services of the Government’s electronic publishing service, Transigo.
  2. Restricted tender: A limited number of organisations or individuals are invited to submit quotations for particular consultancies. These firms are identified:
      1. through their expertise in a particular field;
      2. through their involvement in related work with the department or Government; and
      3. as representing a particular cultural or interest group.

      Restricted tenders are used where the cost of advertising and administering a public tender is not commensurate with the value of the tender.

    • Direct engagement through Government endorsement: Consultants are selected from those identified on Government supplier lists: for example, the Department of Finance and Administration’s endorsed supplier arrangements, or competitive tendering and contracting supplier lists.
    • Direct engagement: A recognised pre-eminent expert or authority in a particular field may be engaged directly. (Note: In instances of direct engagement, the consultants’ fees are compared to those in the market, to ensure that value-for-money is being obtained.)

All business opportunities that are available through a full tender process, and all contracts (including consultancies) with values over $2 000 entered into in Australia are published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette through Transigo.

Consultancies Undertaken During 1998–99

The following table lists all consultancies undertaken during 1998–99, together with the amounts paid and reasons for engagement. The alphabetical code in the ‘Reason(s) for Engagement’ column refer to the following:

a The project required specialist knowledge and/or skills not available within the department/office/post.

b The consultant is a recognised Australian/world expert in the field and uniquely able to contribute to the development of the program.

c The project required an impartial/independent review/report.

d The project required rapid access to the latest technology and experience in its application.

e In-house resources were not available.

Table 93 Consultants Under Engagement in 1998–99

Location/
Work Group

Name of Consultant

Description of Project

Amount Paid
($)

Reason(s) for Engagement

PROGRAM 1: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TRADE AND BUSINESS LIAISON

1 776 275

 

Sub-Program 1.1: North Asia

237 285

 

Australia–Korea Foundation

Ryebuck Media P/L

Research, develop, produce and promote an interactive multi-media resource kit for Korean junior high schools

196 908

e

Beijing

Asia Training Services Ltd

Develop and deliver Client Service Communication Training Program

9 200

a

Beijing

Ms Diane Gregory

Review administration and management practices

5 600

c

Tokyo

Australian National University

Research into foreign direct investment in Japan

10 000

a

Tokyo

Mr K. Gomi

Develop Historical Fact Sheet series

9 497

a

e

Tokyo

Mr Bill Loane

Economic analysis/research into labour market reform, ageing population and foreign investment in Japan

3 325

a

Tokyo

Miracle Recreation Equipment

Design amenities to comply with Australian safety regulations

2 755

a

Economic Research and Preparation of Material for Publication

194 257

 

East Asia Analytical Unit

Professor Mohammad Ariff and Professor Michael Skully

Financial market report (Asia’s Banking)

8 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Mr Gil Beltran

Financial market report (Philippines)

2 500

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Chan-guk Huh

Korea report (microeconomic performance)

12 411

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Michael Briers and Professor Michael Aitkin

Financial market report (bond and equity markets)

8 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Mr Vic Edwards

Financial market report (securitisation)

2 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Alex Frino

Financial market report (risk management tools)

4 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Luke Gower and Professor Jenny Corbett

Financial market report (Japanese financial sector)

12 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Luke Gower and Dr Heather Smith

Financial market report (macroeconomics–Asian financial crisis)

12 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Diwa Guinigundo

Financial market report (Philippines)

2 500

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Inkyo Cheong

Korea report (trade policy and performance)

12 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr June-Dong Kim

Korea report (foreign investment regime)

11 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Hyoungsoo Zang

Korea report (South/North relationship trade policy)

4 812

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Donghyun Ji

Korea report (financial market management)

12 699

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Dae-Il Kim

Korea report (labour policies)

3 460

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Ju-Ho Lee

Korea report (labour policies)

3 460

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr You-Il Lee

Korea report (survey and analysis of Australian foreign direct investment)

6 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Kui-Wai Li

Financial market report (Chinese financial sector)

10 206

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Tony Michel

Korea report (business environment)

6 296

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Tony Naughton

Financial market report (Taiwan’s financial sector)

16 800

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Professor Michael Porter

Infrastructure project (Chapter 2)

10 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Nam Sang-Woo

Korea report (overview)

6 980

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Heather Smith

Korea report (overview)

3 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Somchi Sujapongse

Financial market report (Thailand)

5 000

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Dr Seong Min Yoo

Financial market report (industry & competition policies)

14 133

c

East Asia Analytical Unit

Ms Nor Sharnish Yunus

Financial market report (Malaysia)

5 000

c

Sub-Program 1.2: South and South-East Asia

208 948

 

Australia–Indonesia Institute

Asian Field Study Centres P/L

Develop and deliver teacher workshops on use of textbook Geografi Australia

11 535

a

e

Australia–Indonesia Institute

J & G Asia Consultant P/L

Facilitate Australia–Indonesia Youth Exchange Program

11 450

e

Australia–Indonesia Institute

Mitra Indonesia Consultants P/L

Facilitate Australia–Indonesia Youth Exchange Program

28 678

e

South and South-East Asia Division

Intercedent Asia P/L

Identify and assess opportunities for Australian business arising from liberalisation of Singapore’s financial and legal services markets

18 399

c

South and South-East Asia Division

Mr Frank Milne

Develop divisional Special Visits Program for 1998–99

3 652

e

South and South-East Asia Division

Mr Tom Sherman, AO

Evaluate information arising from ABC Foreign Correspondent Program on 20 October 1998 about deaths of Australian journalists in East Timor in 1975

64 054

c

South and South-East Asia Division

Professor Peter G. Warr

Analyse implications of Thailand’s currency depreciation and proposed trade liberalisations on Australia’s principal exports to Thailand

13 060

c

Hanoi

IPEX Information Technology Group

Develop and facilitate staff IT training program

22 229

e

Hanoi

Phillips Fox

Advice on new local labour decree

2 064

a

Ho Chi Minh City

Bonwick & Associates

Advice on termination of services and redundancies under Vietnamese labour laws

2 750

a

Jakarta

Pt Gra Tiara Imaji

Review conditions of service for locally engaged staff

22 806

c

Manila

PALM Management P/L

Develop and deliver training workshop

8 271

a

e

Sub-Program 1.3: Americas and Europe

417 640

 

Buenos Aires

Towers Perrin/Marcu Associates

Comparative analysis and alignment of pension benefits for locally engaged staff

19 602

a

Caracas

Concorcio R & G Iticeca Spica A.A.V.

Prepare architectural plans for new chancery

22 232

a

London

Access Consulting

Planning and advice for implementation of human resource and payroll package

24 570

d

London

Artillery Architecture

Design and prepare plans for refurbishment

13 350

a

London

Button Design Coy Ltd

Design and develop website

31 670

a

London

Button Design Coy Ltd

Design and develop Intranet site

12 125

a

London

Barry Derbyshire Design Consultant/Project Management

Design and facilitate refurbishment

20 253

a

London

Gregory, Rowcliffe & Milners, Solicitors

Legal advice

22 951

a

London

Selven Pty Ltd

Advice on upgrades to payroll system

24 862

a

Mexico City

Mr Lic Jose Luis Velazquez

Review and recommend updates to locally engaged staff contracts

16 707

a

Mexico City

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Legal and taxation advice on employment arrangements for locally engaged staff

48 041

a

Rome (including Holy See)

Ms Clelia March

Develop, consult and facilitate for cultural activities program

65 453

a

The Hague

Ms Teresa M. Barreu

Website design and development

2 333

d

The Hague

De Twaalf Provincien

Advice on ergonomic furniture study

3 981

a

The Hague

Loyens & Volkmaars

Advice on local labour law

2 198

a

The Hague

Van Haselen Design

Design chancery reception area

5 717

a

Warsaw

Denton Corker Marshall

Advice on space planning

11 006

a

Warsaw

Euromost

Advice on chancery search

14 770

a

Warsaw

Unikat

Advice on chancery relocation

10 408

a

Washington

PALM Management P/L

Review Corporate Services Branch, development of business strategy and implementation plan.

45 411

c

Sub-Program 1.4: South Pacific, Africa and the Middle East

63 276

 

Abu Dhabi

NADIA

Advice and services for recruitment of locally engaged staff

15 528

a

e

Apia

Better Communications

Design and produce Aussie Exchange newsletter

3 648

e

Harare

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Review locally engaged staff jobs/functions

4 514

c

Nairobi

Deloitte & Touche

Review locally engaged staff establishment and structure

11 672

e

Nairobi

Ms Sauda Kilumanga

Support for trade and investment objectives in Tanzania

3 705

e

Wellington

Green Hansen Human Resource Consultants

Restructure and review locally engaged staff conditions of service

24 209

a

Sub-Program 1.5: Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations

105 500

 

Trade Negotiations Division

Professor Kym Anderson

Evaluate and prepare report on non-trade distorting mechanisms for achieving ‘non-trade’ objectives of agricultural trade policy

5 000

b

Trade Negotiations Division

Centre for International Economics

Evaluate effects of trade reform using two econometric models, for Global Trade Reform study

84 000

a

b

Trade Negotiations Division

Mr Gary Sampson

Prepare report on developing country issues for Global Trade Reform study

7 500

b

Trade Negotiations Division

Mr John Stonier

Prepare and deliver module on licensing of biotechnology intellectual property

2 000

b

Trade Negotiations Division

Ms Rachel Thompson

Prepare report on services trade barriers for Global Trade Reform study

7 000

b

Sub-Program 1.6: Trade Strategy Development and Business Liaison

248 916

 

Market Development Division

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Study into policies overseas affecting the expansion of the market for sugar

33 000

b

Market Development Division

Australian Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee Secretariat

Provide advice and briefings to Australia’s APEC Business Advisory Council, liaise with International Secretariat and consult with business

25 000

b

Market Development Division

Mr Ian Grigg

Facilitate APEC automotive dialogue

3 750

b

Market Development Division

Information Solutions (ACT) P/L

Facilitate and project manage displays/demonstrations to APEC Summit and Trade Minister meetings

36 564

b

Market Development Division

Inquit P/L

Develop options to alleviate adverse effects of European Union subsidies on canned fruit

4 000

b

Market Development Division

Milbank Bray Research Institute

Analyse Australia’s position against international electronic commerce indicators and develop database for promotion of New Silk Road report

28 000

b

Market Development Division

Monash University

Trade and Investment Facilitation program

118 602

b

Sub-Program 1.7: Global Issues

50 453

 

International Organisations and Legal Division

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Climate change economic modelling

12 000

a

International Organisations and Legal Division

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Climate change economic modelling

20 000

a

International Organisations and Legal Division

Library Locums P/L

Reorganise law library

3 128

a

International Security Division

CSIRO Mathematical & Information Sciences

Research methods and develop sampling strategy for the selection of sites for visits under the Biological Weapons Convention Verification Protocol

10 000

b

International Security Division

Paul Dibb and Associates

Lead Australian team for ‘one-and-a-half-track’ security dialogue with China

5 325

b

Sub-Program 1.8: International Legal Interests

0

 

Sub-Program 1.9: Information and Cultural Relations

250 000

 

Public Affairs and Consular Division

Asialink

Development and touring of visual arts program

130 000

a

e

Public Affairs and Consular Division

Musica Viva

Development and touring of fine music programs

120 000

a

e

PROGRAM 2: PASSPORT AND CONSULAR SERVICES

55 561

Sub-Program 2.1: Passport Services

55 561

 

Passports Branch

ComTech Communications P/L

Advice on integration of systems

6 624

d

Passports Branch

Reengineering Australia

Assist with contract negotiations

3 150

c

Passports Branch

Reengineering Australia

Review passports work practices

45 787

a

Sub-Program 2.2: Consular Services

0

 

PROGRAM 3: SERVICES FOR OTHER AGENCIES

0

Sub-Program 3.1: Services to Parliament, the Media and the Public

0

 

Sub-Program 3.2: Services to Foreign Representatives in Australia

0

 

Sub-Program 3.3: Services to Australian Government Agencies Overseas

0

 

PROGRAM 4: SECURE GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS AND SECURITY SERVICES

333 050

Sub-Program 4.1: Australian Diplomatic Communications Network (ADCNET)

249 738

 

Information Management Branch

Codarra Advanced Systems

Security policy development, project management, review disaster recovery arrangements

210 538

a

e

Information Management Branch

CSS P/L

Redevelop communications database for Year 2000 compliance

39 200

e

Sub-Program 4.2: Security Services

83 312

 

Australian Technical Security Section

A R Liiband and Associates P/L

Facilitate planning and goal setting

2 937

a

Australian Technical Security Section

Codarra Advanced Systems

Review security requirements

44 175

e

Diplomatic Security Branch

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey P/L

Review security and access control systems

36 200

c

PROGRAM 5: EXECUTIVE AND DFAT CORPORATE SERVICES

1 021 366

Sub-Program 5.1: Executive Direction

22 047

 

Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch

Brown & Wilton

Design and print reports on human resource management of locally engaged staff

14 600

a

e

Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch

Interim HR Solutions

Design human resource management toolkit for locally engaged staff

2 447

e

Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Audit of financial management system

5 000

a

Sub-Program 5.2: DFAT Corporate Services

999 319

 

Corporate Management Division

Ernst and Young

Advice on fringe benefits tax

21 980

a

Darwin

Workplace Solutions

Ergonomic audit

7 322

e

Finance Management Branch

Knott and Associates

Develop financial management professional development program

54 700

a

e

Finance Management Branch

KPMG Chartered Accountants

Advice, planning and services for implementation of accrual budgeting

152 792

a

Finance Management Branch

KPMG Chartered Accountants

Develop common administrative services model for overseas posts

15 000

a

e

Finance Management Branch

Lotus Consulting

Design and develop interface for new financial management system

46 916

d

Finance Management Branch

Alan Platcher and Associates

Business process re-engineering review: procurement and accounts processing

117 383

a

e

Finance Management Branch

SMS Consulting Group P/L

Advice and planning for implementation of devolved banking

66 333

a

Finance Management Branch

SMS Consulting Group P/L

Planning and advice for implementation of new financial management system

135 751

a

Finance Management Branch

Travelsearch (Aust) P/L

Advice on evaluation of tenders for the provision of travel services

32 148

b

Information Management Branch

Azimuth Consulting Australia P/L

Develop IT integration strategy

30 496

a

e

Information Management Branch

ComTech Integration Services

Design and project management for new network environment

20 200

e

Information Management Branch

Lotus Development P/L

Develop user interface for Lotus Notes

3 360

d

Information Management Branch

PSI Consulting P/L

Develop draft service level agreements

9 900

a

e

Information Management Branch

Siller Systems Administration

Review records management Thesaurus

8 500

a

Management Coordination Section

Administrative Solutions

Develop draft Memorandum of Understanding: Provision of removals service

2 250

e

Services and Property Branch

SMS Consulting Group P/L

Investigate the viability of outsourcing mail sorting functions

175 357

c

Services and Property Branch

Sutton Consulting P/L

Prepare report on tendering for outsourcing mail sorting functions

10 361

a

e

Staffing Branch

Advantage Consulting

Planning and advice in evaluation stage of the implementation of HRMIS

5 000

a

Staffing Branch

Lange Consulting

Evaluate various human resource management systems

60 900

c

Staffing Branch

OAMPS Corporate Risk P/L

Review overseas health provisions

15 120

b

Staffing Branch

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Develop business case for new human resource management system

7 550

a

Total

3 186 252

 

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