Engaging Consultants to Provide Strategic Advice

Auditor General's overview

This focus audit examined selected controls that provide oversight to Government of state government entities engaging consultants for strategic advice.

Our audit found that entities were generally complying with the requirement to liaise with and seek approval from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet before engaging consultants for strategic advice.  We did however identify some areas for improvement…

 

 

 

Video summary

Duration 1:45

Report content

Executive Summary
In 2016, the State Government identified the need for centralised scrutiny when public sector entities engage consultants to provide strategic advice. Read more...
What we did
The focus of this audit was to assess whether entities had suitable policies, procedures and guidelines in place for the engagement of consultants for strategic advice...
What did we find?
Generally, entities have suitable policies and practices in place for the engagement of consultants for strategic advice. Read more...
Recommendations
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet should consider updating Premier’s Circular 2016/02 to provide further guidance...
Response from entities
Entities in our sample and DPC generally accepted our recommendations and confirmed that they either have, or will improve their policies...
Appendix 1 – Better practice principles
The following table shows control principles on which our audit focused. They cover a number of practices entities should have in place...