Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today announced a new whole of Government travel management contract that will save NSW taxpayers up to $3 million over three years.
The agreement with FCm Travel Solutions (FCm) was reached following an open tender process in September 2015, and covers Ministers, Members of Parliament, their staff and public servants required to travel in the course of their job.
Mr Perrottet said the agreement would save the NSW Government 30% on travel management costs, with further savings expected in the total travel budget.
“Travel is a necessary part of government business, but it shouldn’t be an unnecessary drain on taxpayers,” he said.
“This new contract will reduce costs while improving the service offering – it’s another example of how we do better, smarter business in NSW,” he said.
Under the agreement, FCm will offer digital and offline services for booking and managing travel and accommodation arrangements, streamlining the travel booking process with an intuitive online booking tool that taps into the best fare and accommodation offerings of the day.
To drive cost efficiency and quality control, the contract requires FCm to meet enforceable key performance indicators, and includes a quality assurance process for all air, car hire and accommodation bookings. The contract also provides greater transparency to the public, adopting an “open book” financial reporting approach that ensures full transparency of total travel costs.
“The NSW Government understands that any saving to the NSW taxpayer is important, no matter how big or small, and that’s one of the reasons NSW has the number one economy in the nation,” Mr Perrottet said.
“The $3 million dollar saving under this contract is a great example our commitment to delivering superior financial and economic management for the people of NSW.”
The new arrangement with FCm commences in March 2016.