This panel offers professional advisory services including commercial, finance, tax and probity advice.
Lead agency: Department of Treasury and Finance
Conditions of use: Mandatory
Contract reference number: SS-03-2015
Arrangement type: Panel
Start date: 1 September 2015
End date: 31 August 2020
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Vendor Panel Launch for Buyer
DTF has launched the VendorPanel platform on Monday 5 August to improve the management and governance of the PAS SPC. The new platform will streamline and automate the procurement process. For more information on the provider, visit
New Administrative Guidelines
Note the following administrative guidelines applicable from 1 July 2019:
These guidelines contain updated decision-making and approval requirements for labour hire and professional services use.
Key benefits of the panel
- a consistent approach to project development
- access to qualified advice across a huge range of services
- variety of suppliers including SMEs, sole operators and small partnerships
This contract covers these main areas of professional advisory services:
Commercial and Financial Advisory Services (CAFAS)
- CAFAS CA-1: strategic policy review, reform and project development (including service need analysis, service planning, feasibility studies and strategic assessments)
- CAFAS CA-2: business case preparation and deployment
- CAFAS CA-3: market engagement and implementation
- CAFAS CA-4: commercial contract management
- CAFAS CA-5: project, program and business review (including business reorganisation reviews)
- CAFAS CA-6: general commercial advice including commercial negotiations
Tax Advisory Services (TAS)
- TAS TA-1: GST and luxury car tax
- TAS TA-2: employment taxes including fringe benefits tax (FBT) and pay as you go (PAYG)
- TAS TA-3: state taxes including payroll tax, stamp duty, land tax and congestion levy
- TAS TA-4: superannuation guarantee
- TAS TA-5: national tax equivalents regime (NTER), income and corporate tax
- TAS TA-6: excise including fuel tax credits scheme (FTCS) and customs duty
- TAS TA-7: international taxes
- TAS TA-8: other advice including petroleum resources rental tax and film concessions
Financial Assessment Services (FAS)
- FAS FA-1: pre-qualification assessment
- FAS FA-2: tender assessment
- FAS FA-3: monitoring specific contracts in progress
- FAS FA-4: ad hoc - specialised assessment
- Probity PR-1: probity advisory services
- Probity PR-2: probity auditing services
This contract doesn’t offer advice for services including IT, engineering, architectural or anything else not in this list.
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Use this contract
Anyone using this contract must follow the rules of use.
Step 1: Read the user guides and understand your role
Read the user guide for important information about this contract.
Step 2: Work out the services you need
You can only choose a supplier for the service category they’ve been qualified for. In general, the more complex services you need, the more quotes you should ask for.
Step 3: Get internal approval to send a request for proposal
Get approval from your department or agency procurement contact before organising a request for proposal (RFP).
Find your department procurement contact below.
Step 4: Create an RFP
You should define the scope of work, then create criteria to evaluate each engagement. The criteria should specify how each service provider will be evaluated and how those criteria are ranked in order of relevance. The evaluations should have both qualitative and quantitative criteria to better evaluate value for money.
Download and fill out the RFP/RFQ template available in VendorPanel.
When you issue an RFP, you need a unique reference number. Use this method:
PAS - <CATEGORY> - <DEPARTMENT> - <YEAR> - <NUMBER>.
For example: PAS-CAFAS – DTF – 2015 – 0000
Step 5: Send the RFP and choose a supplier
Remember, the supplier’s prices should be in line with the price list. The fees and charges on that list are ceiling rates and should be discounted based on the nature of the proposal.
If the supplier offers a fixed fee, you should ask for a per-hour breakdown to see if the proposal is cost efficient.
Step 6: Get internal approval
Make sure you get internal approval from your organisation before sending a purchase order.
This includes financial and procurement approval. Please make sure confidentiality deeds and conflict of interest forms are completed before any work begins. Get these forms from your internal procurement unit.
Step 7: Send a purchase order
Select a supplier based on value for money, (including a per-hour breakdown).
You should inform unsuccessful suppliers, and if relevant, tell them how they can improve their RFPs.
Step 8: Manage the engagement
Make sure you follow the rules of use when engaging the supplier.
You must pay invoices within 30 days (or within any other payment period as agreed with the supplier). If the invoice isn’t paid in that period, the supplier might make a claim for penalty interest.
You are responsible for managing any disputes. (Resolution processes are outlined in Clause 23 of the contract.)
You must tell the Department of Treasury and Finance of any possible disputes.
Evaluate performance after the contract
To assist us with improvement, complete the survey link below. You should feel free to provide open and honest feedback about your supplier experience. It will take around 5 minutes to complete.
Exemptions from using this contract may be permitted. See the PAS SPC user guide (Section 2.10 Exemption Process) for more information.
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Reviewed 29 December 2019