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February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly



February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly


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54 Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2008 Report Department of the Chief Minister cont A summary of expenditure under panel contract D04-0867 for 2005-06 and 2006-07 (as at 30-04-07) 2005-06 2006-07 $ $ % of Total Sprout Creative 65,665 322,003 85.5 Boyanton Advertising 44,201 30,558 8.1 First Class NT Pty Ltd 6,558 23,844 6.4 Total $116,424 $376,405 100.0 Source: Compiled by NTAGO from DCM data As can be seen from the table, above, the allocation of work to the Company, as a percentage of the total value of work allocated to the class of firms in question, exceeded by a material amount the value of work allocated to its nearest competitor. I am satisfied that the Company was the firm best qualified to provide graphic design services at the time. That view is based upon the initial assessment made of the various firms as part of the tendering process and which saw the Company ranked above other panel members offering similar services, together with information obtained about the capabilities of several firms, including the Company. Notwithstanding the results of the initial assessment, I believe that a periodic, written reassessment of the firms capabilities would be beneficial given that any firms capability may alter over time. Ideally, that reassessment should be done prior to the issue of an order to the firm. Instances were noted during the audit where written assessments of firms were completed after the decision to allocate work to the firm in question had been made.

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