The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010
Tabled paper 714
Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled By Gerard Wood
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Council of Territory Co-operation 23 First Report Recommendation 10 The Council recommends that Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) schemes supporting the private ownership of houses on Aboriginal communities be actively encouraged by the Northern Territory Government and private financial institutions, especially in communities where the SIHIP program is presently operating. Use, cost and number of consultants and public servants Use and cost of external consultants and the numbers of public servants working on SIHIP related programs prior to and after the review were explored by the Council. Mr Kirkman (DLGH) answered that prior to the review there were about 50 Territory and Australian Government public servants implementing SIHIP, of whom about half were consultants.81 Since the review, there are about 40 Northern Territory public servants and about 10 consultants, who are included within the 8 per cent program management costs. There are about 15 Australian Government public servants in the joint management team, who are not included in the 8 per cent program management costs. Mr Kirkman confirmed that there are less than 10 consultants employed at this stage but that some more will be needed to provide technical services at a later stage.82 Mr Robert Ryan, Acting Executive Director SIHIP (FaHCSIA), described SIHIP consultants, employed by the Northern Territory Government, as having specific skills like accountants, civil engineers and architects. He added that while it may be possible to replace some consultants with public servants, civil engineers with particular experience will need to be sought at different times.83 When questioned about the necessity for and the cost of consultants, Mr Kirkman stated that the consultants currently employed are absolutely necessary. He noted that as SIHIP implementation has worked through a transitional management framework the number of consultants has halved and is anticipated to reduce again to a number that will ensure program management objectives and costs are met.84 Table 6 shows the number of consultants and their roles prior to and after the SIHIP review.85 Table 6. SIHIP Consultant Numbers Consultant numbers prior to review Planned consultant numbers post review Parsons Brinckerhoff (from Jan 08) 20 5 Program Manager & support staff 2 Community Engagement 3 Program controls 4 Technical Support 7 1 81 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Monday 9 November 2009, pp.40-1. 82 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Monday 9 November 2009, pp.40-1. 83 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Tennant Creek, Thursday 19 November 2009, p.14. 84 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Monday 9 November 2009, p.41. 85 Answer to question on notice, LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Monday 9 November 2009, p.42, and Alice Springs, 23 November 2009, pp.12-3.
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