Australia’s government expenditure on the big four consultancy firms has escalated dramatically, seeing a 1,270% increase over the past decade. Such spending intensifies concerns about transparency and potential conflicts of interest in public financial matters. The Centre for Public Integrity, Australia’s leading anti-corruption think tank, has highlighted the alarming rate of this rise, pointing out potential corruption risks and calling for enhanced oversight and accountability. The integrity and transparency of these consultancy engagements, particularly with such high financial stakes, are of utmost importance to safeguard Australia’s public interests and maintain trust in the government’s operations.

This is a summary of “Australian government spending on big four consultancy firms up 1,270% in a decade, analysis shows” published in The Guardian on 17th July 2023 and written by Henry Belot. Read it in full here.