Deloitte Australia buys Canberra firm Analytics Group on back of public service demand for consultants

Deloitte Australia has bought Canberra's Analytics Group - a company that turns over $6 million a year in revenue - to cope with an increasing demand from the public service. 

Two partners and 19 staff from Analytics, who have been based in Marcus Clarke Street in Civic, will move into the Deloitte offices in Barton and at Brindabella Park.

The Deloitte purchase is the company's second major buy in three years in the territory. It bought economic consultancy Access Economics in March 2011. The latest purchase brings Deloitte's Canberra business to 163 staff and 24 partners. 

The bureaucracy has been increasing its demand for high-level strategic advice, aimed at the senior executive levels. Former Analytics partner turned Deloitte partner Brett Streatfeild said the demand in this area had been huge.

"The past six months have been hectic," he said. 


At the same time, the federal public service is attempting to reduce its demand for lower-level consultants such as information and communications technology contractors. 

Deloitte's Canberra office managing partner Lynne Pezzullo said the company would seek to assist the public sector during the upheaval.

"Across federal and state governments, we are now seeing a strong drive to improve efficiencies through performance improvements and cost efficiencies,” she said.

"This team hire is part of the growth of our Canberra strategy and business transformation capability, and will further boost the 10 partners we have added to our Canberra practice over the past year."

About 80 per cent of Deloitte's Canberra staff deal with the public sector. 

The company provides advice on financial management, planning, budgeting, forecasting, procurement, contract management and technology implementation.