This guidance helps government departments and agencies decide when to use contractors or consultants.
Agencies should not engage consultants or contractors to deliver core functions. Core functions include all the operational work, products and services that are essential to the running of the government and delivery of public services.
For example, in the policy area, core functions include (but are not limited to):
Sometimes you may need external contractors to supplement core public service functions. You should not engage contractors for longer than one year at a time.
There are limited circumstances where agencies may need to use consultants and contractors.
Consider the following points to decide if you need to use a contractor or consultant:
The terms "contractor" and "consultant" are defined by Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission.
Follow the Public Service Commission guidance to enable state services agencies to consistently measure and report their usage of contractors and consultants:
Contractors and consultants guidance [PDF 642KB] – Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission
Note: Having the title of "consultant" or being engaged through the AoG consultancy services panel doesn’t automatically mean someone is considered a consultant. It is the nature of the engagement that matters.