Appendix 8

Consultancy services

During 2014–15, 50 new consultancy contracts were entered valued at $6.772 million for the period. In addition, 16 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during 2014–15 valued at $4.701 million.

All consultancy contracts entered into by AFMA above the value of $10 000 are available via the Austender website tenders.gov.au.

Table 13: Consultancy spend

2012–13
$’000

2013–14
$’000

2014–15
$’000

Total consultancy expenditure

1225

1559

1031

Selection and engagement of consultants

The majority of consultancy services engaged during the 2014–15 financial year were for fisheries research purposes.

The selection and engagement of research consultants was primarily conducted through a limited tender because of the small pool or qualified vendors for these specific services.