A consultant is a professional who provides professional or expert advice.

Councils engage consultants for a range of reasons, including those listed below.

  1. expertise is required on a short to medium term basis
  2. expertise required is not available to a specific council
  3. staff movement that leaves a council short staffed with no chance of finding the appropriate person in the short term
  4. a one off project that a permanent employee cannot be justified
  5. a new discipline that is currently not being practiced (well) by any council
  6. setting up a new structure, a new process, new procedures
  7. a major (unusual) complicated project management task (involving BIG $$$) - local experience might not be available
  8. assistance with activities that are not standard practice for council e.g community engagement using latest Web2.0 tools (Gov2.0)

Types of Consultants

External Links & References

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