What about costs and the procurement process?

Independent selection advisory committees (ISACs) are provided on a cost-recovered basis.

They result in savings for agencies by ensuring:

  • the selection of quality, role-ready candidates
  • efficient and timely outcomes
  • transparency throughout the process.

Costs for bulk rounds can be further reduced where a data base of questions are either re-used or refreshed for later use.

The opportunity cost for agency staff is an additional benefit. The agency has the benefit of expert APS recruitment and selection services, while agency staff can focus on core business.

Best practice selection training is included for agency staff involved.

As this is a statutory function, procurement arrangements are necessary (exemption 2 from Division 2 of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules).

Agencies can direct source this service from the Merit Protection Commissioner.