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Consultancy services

Part of: Consultancy Finance All-of-Government

This All-of-Government contract offers specialist consultancy advice and competitive solutions from a panel of experienced consultancy providers across 11 sub-categories.

Key details

Status

Current View dates

Type

All-of-Government

Lead agency

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

What's covered

The scope of the Business and Finance category of the AoG Consultancy Services solution includes Consultancy Services in the following sub-categories. Providers may also provide additional focus areas per sub-category.

Accounting

  • Accounting advisory services (technical and transaction).
  • Business accounting services (bookkeeping, payroll etc.).
  • Financial reporting, compliance and accounts preparation.

Assurance

Quality assurance and advice including independent quality assurance, technical quality assurance and other quality assurance.

The Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) has established a GCIO Assurance Services Sub-Panel. This panel offers eligible and mandated agencies a choice of 26 panel providers who specialise in the provision of Independent Quality Assurance (IQA) and Technical Quality Assurance (TQA) for ICT-enabled projects and programmes. Visit the GCIO Assurance Services Sub-Panel page for further information.

Audit

  • Compliance and regulatory audit
  • Financial statement audit
  • Forensic accountancy investigations
  • Fraud audit
  • Internal audit, investigations and advisory services
  • IT systems audit
  • Probity audit
  • Special purpose audits and review engagements

Business change

Advisory services on business change processes and methodologies to ensure that organisational change is successfully planned and executed.

  • Business analysis and benchmarking
  • Business change implementation
  • Business change planning
  • Business change strategy - advice, development, review
  • Business process improvement
  • Customer service improvement
  • Lean, Six Sigma, TQM, and Kaizen Process Re-Engineering
  • Organisational change management
  • Programme and project management

Finance and economics

  • Appraisal of investment proposals
  • Economic analysis and modelling
  • Financial strategy
  • Investment and banking services
  • Project financial management
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Systems and solutions
  • Actuarial services

Human resource

Human resource consultants advise organisations or agencies on the management and development of their workforce, or human resources.

  • Applying employment legislation
  • Capability and performance management
  • Employment relations (including HR guidance and best practice)
  • Employment implications of restructures, outplacements
  • Health and safety appraisal, policy and development
  • Health and safety hazard register
  • Health and safety reporting
  • Health and safety training
  • Human resource strategy - advice, development and review
  • Leadership development and coaching
  • Learning and development
  • Human resource organisational change and design
  • Human resource programme and project management

Marketing and public relations

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.

  • Communications consultancy services
  • Communications strategy - advice, development, review
  • Marketing consultancy services
  • Marketing programme and project management
  • Marketing strategy - advice, development, review
  • Public relations consultancy services
  • Public relations programme and project management
  • Public relations strategy - advice, design, review

Operations management and risk

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.

  • Business process management
  • Operating model development and design
  • Operational procedure definition
  • Operations management strategy - advice, development, review
  • Operations management programme and project management
  • Transaction and data processing
  • Business continuity planning
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Reporting and monitoring frameworks
  • Risk identification, treatment and management
  • Risk register development
  • Risk strategy - advice, development, review
  • Protective Security Services (sub-panel)

Policy, research and development

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.

  • Development and design
  • Evaluating
  • Legislation development and machinery of government
  • Maori and Pacific peoples policy (including Treaty of Waitangi)
  • Market research and surveys
  • Policy, research and development programme and project management
  • Public policy
  • Research services (including ICT-related research; excluding market research)
  • Policy, research and development strategy – advice, development and review

Procurement and logistics

Policy, strategy and design, sourcing (excluding Public Private Partnerships), spend analysis and supply chain.

  • Policy, strategy and design
  • Sourcing (excluding Public Private Partnerships)
  • Spend analysis
  • Supply chain (including logistics, strategy, policy, and inventory management

Taxation

  • Tax compliance and preparation
  • Tax planning and advisory

What’s not covered

Consultants are covered by this contract. PLEASE NOTE that Contractors are out of scope.

Contractor is defined as: if an individual is being provided to an agency with no defined outcome, agreed milestones, or extensive warranty regarding these, this constitutes a recruitment service for the provision of a contractor and is covered by the AoG External Recruitment Services contract.

Contact us if you need advice on what is out of scope.

How it works

Providers are appointed across three tiers within each sub category. Tiers are based on capacity, capability and value of agency spend. Each tier has been appointed in relation to their current Government spend and their ability to provide services in one or more sub-categories.

Agencies can select a provider from across the tiers, depending on which provider best suits their needs. Further information on tiers can be found on the Provider page.

Features and benefits

  • Access to a range of providers offering quality and good value for money services.
  • Ease of process and engagement through a standardised Consultancy Services Order.
  • No need to negotiate individual terms and conditions with individual providers.
  • Save time and money by not having to undergo a primary procurement process on GETS when sourcing consultancy services.
  • Provision of provider performance (Tier 1 and 2) information from NZGP so that agencies can review provider performance prior to engagement.
  • An Online Panel Directory for ease of provider selection.

Savings and costs

Savings

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 level of consultant per Provider. A full outline of the 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. Agencies are strongly encouraged to negotiate rates below the Standard rate recognising the uniqueness of each engagement.

Costs

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.

Dates and renewal details

Status:
Current
Start date:
Current term end date:
Expiry details:
The Consultancy panel is constructed as an open panel which allows for new providers to join during periodic intakes. Reviews of the performance of the panel will be undertaken frequently. Due to the construct of this panel the contracts have no set expiry date.

*Additional contract date information

This solution started on 6 November 2015 and included the following six sub-categories:

Accounting
Assurance
Audit
Finance and Economics
Procurement and Logistics
Taxation

0n 16 December 2016 a further five sub-categories were added:

Business Change
Human Resource
Marketing and Public Relations
Operations Management and Risk
Policy, Research and Development

Joining AoG contracts

To be able to purchase from this contract agencies and schools first need to join.

​​Roles and responsibilities

Each participant in this contract has responsibilities that they must meet as part of that contract.

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