During 2015–16, 29 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $1.498 million expenditure for the period. In addition, 23 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during 2015–16 involving total actual expenditure of $1.644 million.
All consultancy contracts entered into by AFMA above the value of $10 000 are available via the AusTender website tenders.gov.au.
The majority of consultancy services engaged during the 2015–16 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 of qualified vendors for these specific services.