The Capital Metro Agency spent $5.3 million on contractors and consultants in the past financial year, with technical adviser Arup the biggest single contractor, paid $1.6 million by the agency.
Other big contractors are RPS Manidis Roberts, employed as a governance contractor, including secretarial support to the board, at a payment for the year of $536,700. And Rider Levett Bucknall, engaged for quantity surveying and consultancy on the capital cost, at a payment of $239,000.
Arup was chosen by tender, and also has other tram-related contracts, including a $710,000 contract to develop the Canberra Light Master Plan, which envisages extending the tram across the city. Rider was chosen among three to quote for the job.
Manidis Roberts did not go to a competitive process but was chosen by "single select".
The contractors are listed in the agency's first annual report, which says the level of consultants required reflected the need to draw on outside expertise in light rail.
Overall, the agency cost $8.6 million in the 2013-14 year. The 2014-15 budget is $23.5 million.
Capital Metro has 18 full-time staff, six of them at executive level.
The contractors listed in the annual report are: Arup (technical advice) $1.6 million for the year, Clayton Utz (legal) $40,000, Content Group (social media, campaigns) $55,500, Ernst & Young (rapid business case, commercial advisers) $152,900, Fleming (chief financial adviser) $49,100, Geonosis (operational planning) $109,300, GTA (Hibberson Street study) $56,400, Hudson Global (recruitment) $137,900, Infrasol (project advice) $31,400, KPMG and Aecom (discussion of wider economic benefits of light rail) $176,800, KPMG (secondment and Voice of the Consumer report) $99,800 and $81,000, Mark Lamond (light rail cost adviser) $82,500, Piazza Research (focus group) $35,400, Randall Barry (operations adviser) $81,800, Rider Levett Bucknall (quantity surveying and capital cost consultancy) $239,900, Rigby Downs (strategic adviser) $148,400, RPS Manidis Roberts (governance) $536,700, Veitch Lister (demand forecasting) $160,900.