Use of consultants


Audit background

NSW Government agencies engage consultants to provide advice to inform their decision-making. Using consultants can provide access to skills that are not necessary, sensible or economic for an agency to build or maintain itself. However, there are risks associated with the use of consultants. Some of these risks were raised in our State Finances 2021 report. The NSW Government made a commitment in 2019 to reduce spending on consultants across the general governments sector.

Audit objective

This audit will assess how effectively NSW government agencies procure and manage consultants and meet the government’s election commitment.

Estimated tabling period

December 2022

Agencies audited:

  • Department of Communities and Justice

  • Department of Customer Service

  • Department of Education

  • Department of Planning and Environment

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

  • Department of Regional NSW

  • Infrastructure NSW

  • Sydney Metro

  • The Treasury

  • Transport for NSW.