During 2016–17, 36 new consultancy contracts were entered into and this resulted in expenditure of $3.685 million for the period. In addition, 24 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during 2016–17 resulting in expenditure of $1.549 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 2016–17 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.