February 2008 report to the Legislative Assembly
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Auditor-General for the Northern Territory February 2008 Report 55 Department of the Chief Minister cont Performance assessment of panel members The database that is required to be maintained by the Department for procurement transactions under the panel contract is required to record, amongst other details, an internal assessment of the working relationship and the product produced as a result of each assignment. The database is to be used by the Department from time to time to review panel members and the effectiveness of the panel contract. While a database was established consistent with requirements of the contract, I noted that comments about contractors performance were often limited to comments such as Project completed. Performance satisfactory. This approach to describing working relationships may not provide a sound basis for reviewing panel members performance and the effectiveness of the panel contract. These assessments should not be underrated, in my opinion, as they may provide the Department with a defence if any subsequent suggestions should be made about the allocation of specific types of work among panel members. The Department of the Chief Minister has commented: Authorisations under delegations The department is able to provide documentation to support the selection of panel members for assignments but notes that in some situations the documentation has been produced after the event. The department agrees that the rationale behind the allocation of an assignment to a particular contractor should be documented before the contractor is advised of the work request and has put processes in place to ensure that this occurs in the future. Performance assessment of panel members The department maintains a comprehensive database related specifically to work allocated under the Panel Contract. An internal assessment of the working relationship and product produced as a result of each assignment is recorded on the database and is used to rate the ongoing performance of panel members. However, following discussions with your office, the department has refined this process so that a more detailed assessment is recorded.