The scope of the AoG consultancy services solution includes consultancy services in the following 11 sub-categories. Providers may also provide additional focus areas per sub-category. Each sub-category provides a list of examples of the services that might be offered with that sub-category. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if your project is within scope of this consultancy contract please email the Consultancy services team.
Accounting focuses on services around advisory and business accounting, along with reporting and compliance.
Quality assurance and advice including independent quality assurance, technical quality assurance and other quality assurance.
The Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) has established a GCDO assurance services panel. This panel offers eligible and mandated agencies a choice of 26 providers who specialise in the provision of Independent Quality Assurance (IQA) and Technical Quality Assurance (TQA) services for digital investments. Visit the GCDO assurance services panel page for further information.
Audit services focuses on various types of auditing, from financial or forensic investigations, to fraud or probity examinations.
Advisory services on business change processes and methodologies to ensure that organisational change is successfully planned and executed.
Finance and economics includes advisory around investment proposals, economic analysis and modelling, and financial strategy and management amongst others.
Human resource consultants advise organisations or agencies on the management and development of their workforce, or human resources.
Marketing consultants focus on developing strategies in order to successfully promote, sell and distribute goods and/or services to targeted groups of end users.
Public relations consultancy services means assisting an organisation, or agency, to manage the flow of information between that organisation and the public.
Operations management includes services relating to business process and quality improvement plans through reviews of operating models and their design.
Risk advisory services relate to risk identification, assessment and management, and security and safety systems.
The Protective security services sub-panel is a risk based protective security framework which provides holistic protective security policies and guidance for agencies.
A policy consultancy provides services to agencies to assist in the development and evaluation of public policy initiatives, in the New Zealand context. Research and development includes investigative activities.
Policy, strategy and design, sourcing (excluding Public Private Partnerships), spend analysis and supply chain.
Taxation includes advisory services on compliance, preparation, and planning.
Consultants are covered by this contract. PLEASE NOTE that Contractors are out of scope and are covered by the AoG External recruitment services contract.
To help you tell the difference between a contractor and a consultant and what panel you should use, we have created a guideline document:
How to tell the difference between a Consultant and Contractor.
Agencies who participate in the consultancy services contract don't need to go through a full procurement process of their own, which saves time, effort and cost.
NZGP has secured maximum and standard AoG daily rates per job level of consultant per provider. The maximum is a fixed rate and should not be exceeded but the standard rate is just indicative and should not be considered as a minimum. Agencies are strongly encouraged to negotiate rates below the standard rate, recognising the uniqueness of each engagement. A full outline of the rates range, (including maximum and standard daily rates), is available via the Online Panel Directory to assist agencies with identifying suitable providers. Providers are expected to charge the standard daily rate unless there is a justifiable reason to charge an amount up to the maximum rate.
Most AoG contracts include an administration fee. This fee is a simple, effective and transparent way of recovering the cost of developing, sourcing, implementing and managing AoG contracts.
For the consultancy services contract, an administration fee of 1% is applicable on Tier 1 and Tier 2 provider services. Engagement of Tier 3 providers will not incur an administration fee. The provider adds the administration fee as an additional cost at time of invoicing.
Providers collect the administration fee and pass it on to MBIE - agencies don't need to make any payments to MBIE.
*Additional contract date information
This solution started on 6 November 2015 and included the following six sub-categories:
Finance and economics
Procurement and logistics
On 16 December 2016 a further five sub-categories were added:
Marketing and public relations
Operations management and risk
Policy, research and development
In December 2017 another refresh was undertaken for all 11 sub categories.
In December 2020 another refresh was undertaken for all 11 sub-categories. This refresh is currently in progress and will remain open until 30 June 2021.
To be able to purchase from this contract agencies and schools first need to join.
Each participant in this contract has responsibilities that they must meet as part of that contract.