During 2005-06, NICNAS engaged several consultancies to assist in delivering efficient and effective high quality assessments of chemicals. In line with Department of Health and Aging reporting requirements, only those consultancies over $10,000 have been reported.

The method of selection for each consultancy commissioned by NICNAS was by direct engagement. They were chosen on the basis of pre-eminent expert advice relevant to science expertise.

During the year there were:

o three consultancies commissioned and paid in 2005-06

o one consultancy commission and part paid in 2005-06, with finalisation expected early 2006-07

o one consultancy commission in 2004-05 and part paid in 2005-06 with finalisation expected early 2006-07.

Details of these consultancies are as follows: