Appendix—Procurement and contract management

Comcare procurement was undertaken in accordance with the PGPA Act and the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (March 2016).

This year Comcare continued to focus on delivering procurement and contract management solutions to meet the changing nature of the organisation. This included initiatives to streamline procurement and contract management practices and processes.

Comcare actively supports the Indigenous Procurement Policy meeting the targets set, to ensure indigenous business opportunities continue to grow.

Details of contracts for consultancy services

In 2016–17 Comcare’s total consultancy expense, with an individual contract value of $10,000 or more (GST inclusive) was $748,845. During 2016–17, there were 11 new consultancy contracts entered into and no consultancies continued from 2015–16 into 2016–17.

Table 34: Consultancy services 2016–17–at 1 July 2017

Supplier name Description of services Contract value Procurement method Justification
Duesburys Nexia Asciano Services continuous financial assessment monitoring $20,790 Open tender B
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Provision of Fraud Contract Plan and fraud awareness training $91,944 Open tender A
Infront Systems Pty Ltd ICT375 Enterprise Architecture Capability Plan $11,000 Open tender A
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Review SRCC Prudential/ Financial Framework Part One & Part Two $89,485 Open tender B
Shearwater Solutions ICT384 Threat Risk Assessment Office 365 $10,890 Open tender B
Farrar Family Trust Paladin—Risk Management Service Expert services—WHS Act investigation $11,200 Open tender A
Infront Systems Pty Ltd ICT419—Digital Transformation Program consultants $39,600 Open tender C
Shearwater Solutions ICT389—Threat Risk Assessment CALM Pilot $11,550 Open tender B
Experts Direct Pty Ltd Expert services- WHS Act investigation $13,300 Open tender C
NE&A Pty Ltd Provision of Work Health Advisor Services $438,466 Limited tender A
Young Actuarial & Software Consultancy premium allocation & case estimate support $10,620 Limited tender A
 Total $748,845   

More information on the value of contracts above the relevant threshold of $400,000 is available on the AusTender website.

Table  34 notes

Note 1

Explanation of selection process terms drawn from the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (March 2016).

Open tender: A procurement procedure in which a request for tender is published inviting all businesses that satisfy the conditions for participation to submit tenders. Public tenders are generally sought from the Australian Government AusTender internet site.

Prequalified tender: A procurement procedure in which the procuring agency selects which potential suppliers are invited to submit tenders (this includes tenders submitted through Multi Use Lists). This procurement process may only be used under certain defined circumstances.

Limited tender: A form of restricted tendering, available only under certain defined circumstances, with a single potential supplier or suppliers being invited to bid because of their unique expertise and/or their special ability to supply the goods and/or services sought.

Panel: An arrangement under which a number of suppliers, initially selected through an open tender process, may each supply property or services to an agency as specified in the panel arrangements. Quotes are sought from suppliers that have prequalified onthe agency panels to supply to the Government. This category includes standing offers and supplier panels where the supply of goods and services may be provided for a pre-determined length of time, usually at a prearranged price.

Note 2

Justification for decision to use consultancy:

A—Required specialist skills not available in-house
B—Independent review, research or assessment required
C—Independent agent or facilitator required.