Financial Services

Consultancy infrastructure guidelines

The consultancy infrastructure guidelines outline how the University’s infrastructure levy is applied for recovery of indirect or infrastructure costs that arise from engaging external consultancy services. The Office of Research Enterprise is responsible for the University’s Infrastructure Policy. These guidelines relate to the application of infrastructure charges on non-research income.

Research Policy - The Office of Research Enterprise is responsible for the application of the infrastructure policy on research income, refer to Indirect Cost Recovery (Infrastructure) on Research Grants and Contracts Policy for more information.

The default rate applied to non-research income is 35 per cent. Exemptions or adjustments to the default rate should be approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and forwarded to Financial Services.

Infrastructure recovery is allocated in the following way:

  • 68 per cent to the school or other cost centre attracting the consultancy
  • 32 per cent is allocated according to the following breakdown:
    • 32 per cent to the Business and Information Technology Services and the University Library
    • 34 per cent to University Overheads
    • 34 per cent to Central Services.

Financial Services' responsibility on a quarterly basis is to:

  • identify consultancy income credited to the local generated fund group
  • calculate and apply the levy (faculties, schools and other business units are advised of the proposed levy before it is applied)
  • allocate Central Services' infrastructure recovery in accordance with distribution specified above.

The infrastructure levy is applied against each grant, contract, tender, consultancy and service but is exempt on income arising from:

  • charitable foundations
  • bona fide donations
  • scholarships for educational purposes only.