The Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy (2018) will:
- break down the barriers between Public Authorities and the not-for-profit community services sector by promoting productive relationships based on Partnership Principles and Behaviours
- provide direction in the approach to the procurement of Community Services. This includes the requirement for sound planning, genuine stakeholder engagement, co-design and relationship-based service agreement management
- promote flexibility, innovation and community responsiveness to better meet community, cultural and individual needs
- clarify when a targeted approach to procuring Community Services is appropriate and when an open tender is more appropriate
- streamline procurement processes, reducing ‘red tape’, complexities and inconsistencies, and standardising terminology to clarify the dialogue between all parties
- ensure that Public Authorities contract with the not-for-profit community services sector in a manner that supports sustainable and effective service delivery and recognises the importance of ongoing organisational viability
Neither Buy Local price preferences or regional content preferences are applicable to procurements under the DCSP Policy.