Community Services Bulletin

This is the Community Services Procurement Bulletin. Issue 95/November 2021. It is compiled by the Department of Finance.

State Budget

In September, the Western Australian Government announced the 2021-22 State Budget, which boosted funding for several priority areas for the community services sector including:

  • alcohol and drug services
  • community accommodation
  • family and domestic violence prevention and support services
  • mental health
  • social housing
  • support payments for grand carers.

Read more about the State Budget here.

State Commissioning Strategy

The Indexation Policy applies to service agreements between State Government agencies and not-for-profit community services service providers for the purchase of community services. Where service agreements are part-funded by the Commonwealth Government, the Indexation Policy applies to the State Government funded component of these service agreements.

Where service agreements have pricing frameworks designed to facilitate individualised funding agreements, the Indexation Policy applies to the unit prices or similar pricing mechanisms.

Read more about the Strategy here.

Aboriginal Procurement Policy Participation Targets

The Aboriginal Procurement Policy has been updated to introduce new Aboriginal participation requirements for suppliers on government contracts to meet Aboriginal employment or Aboriginal business subcontracting targets.

The changes will create more opportunities for Aboriginal businesses and the wider Aboriginal community in WA.

Read more about the Policy here.

Agency Commissioning Plan

The Department of Communities has developed a Commissioning Plan which forms part of the SCS. Communities is considering how a commissioning approach for the delivery of services to the community can be introduced across all of its service delivery areas.

The initial priority areas are:

  • out of home care
  • family and domestic violence
  • homelessness
  • child and sexual abuse.

Read more about the Commissioning Plan here.

Bundling Services: Not a one size fits all solution

When approaching the market, you may choose to group services under a single contract to promote integrated service delivery. However, this is not appropriate for all situations.

When deciding whether to bundle services, consider if:

  • the services are a natural fit
  • smaller or local service providers could be disadvantaged
  • service providers have given feedback
  • any additional administrative or financial burden may be placed on service providers and detract from service delivery.

You can Ask a question via email here.

Volunteering at the Dogs’ Refuge Home

Some of our team members recently spent a rewarding day at the Dogs’ Refuge Home, learning about the refuge’s wonderful work.

We cleaned the puppy playground, sorted and wrapped gifts for a lucky dip, tidied the storeroom and exercised dogs.

You can Learn More here.

Community Services Training

Face-to-face Community Services training workshops have finished for the year. New training dates will be available in 2022.

Online training modules are still available, including:
Supplying community services for government training.
Introduction to contract management training.
Introduction to purchasing community services training.