In this time of supposed government austerity it always amazes WasteWatch that consultant’s fees seem to flow with ease. We were sparked to look at it again after a report in The Australian about the Victorian government
As reported in The Australian, the Napthine government in Victoria has managed to spend $360 million on consultants over the last 3 financial years. In 2011-12, nearly $100m was spent across the public sector, rising to $110m the following year and more than $153m last financial year!
Not to be outdone it was reported by the Daily Telegraph, 28 Sept, 2014 that the Baird government in NSW budgeted $92.3 million on consultants in the 2013-14, but ended up paying external advisers $155.2 million — a blow out of $62.9 million.
So the story goes. Just a quick google on Queensland and the consultancy spending of the Department of Premier and Cabinet shows us – guess what? Spending on consultants in 2012-13 was $783,937, in 2013-14 it rose to a whopping $1,672,773!
So much for austerity.
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