21 Sep Funding Agreement Community Services
The bureaucratic impact of this number of audits is evident and the Working Group felt that there was no fundamental reason why the trust gained through an audit process, especially when linked to a pre-qualification process, could not be shared between the different funding agencies with relationships with this community sector organisation. In particular, such a recommendation would help some thirty large organizations in the ACT community sector, which together account for about 77% of all financial resources. Multiple agreements of both types typically occur for large organizations that provide services across multiple programs. A study of the funding of the sector by the CSD and the Directorate of Health shows that out of a total of about 150 organizations, only fifty have service funding agreements in more than one program area. Agreements within a single program area focus on small organizations. Of the ninety sectoral organisations that represent the bottom three quintiles or the smallest 60% of the sector through funding, only three or four organisations have funding agreements covering more than one support programme. The financing plan is part of the details of the funding and service and imposes the funding and services to be provided as well as the reporting obligations. Current ACACs are generally closed for three years. The Working Group considered that three years is often too short a period of time to ensure sufficient security for the parties. This is particularly the case when many of these agreements are shaken up at the end of the three-year period without them returning to the market for cost-performance market review. As of August 1, 2017, the Human Services Agreement will apply to all organizations funded by a government authority in NSW to provide «human services.» Human services are defined by the NSW government as programs, facilities or services provided to meet the health, well-being and social needs of individuals, families and communities. The Optimized Service Agreement is used for the bulk of service provision funding and consists of two parts: the Human Services Agreement is a NSW government document that sets out the standard terms applicable to organizations (called non-governmental organizations on ProcurePoint) that provide human services funded by NSW government authorities. Some anecdotal evidence from the community sector indicates that there are some community sector organisations that favour the use of this unique and versatile instrument, as it offers them greater security on their funding than other instruments.
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