Community Services Bulletin

This is Community Services Bulletin – Issue 98/April 2022. It is compiled by the Department of Finance.

General Manager Update

From Lara Connor: It’s been a busy start of the year for everyone, particularly the community services sector, with WA borders opening and community restrictions continuing to change.

We have been working hard to progress several key pieces of work including the public release and implementation of Western Australia’s Outcomes Measurement Framework and progressing consultation with the community services sector and government agencies on the State Commissioning Strategy (Strategy) Implementation Plan.

This Plan will drive most of the work we will be doing for the rest of the year, and I look forward to working with you all to embed commissioning into the community services landscape.

State Commissioning Strategy

A series of targeted consultation workshops with the community services sector, Government Agencies and Directors General across Government have been conducted to obtain feedback on the draft Implementation Plan.

The Plan is now being finalised and along with the Strategy will be considered by government.

We would like to thank everyone who provided input into the Implementation Plan which will enhance the Strategy and improve outcomes for Western Australians over the next five years and beyond.

Three-months’ Notice Period

The Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy’s three-months’ notice period requires that service providers must be provided with a minimum of three-months’ notice where a service agreement will cease, not be renewed, or will be substantially reduced.

This notice period commences once an agency provides certainty about the future of the service agreement to the service provider.

Receiving formal advice at least three-months prior to the cessation, non-renewal or substantial reduction of a service agreement allows providers to work with government agencies to transition service users to new arrangements, where applicable, and provides a reasonable timeframe for service providers to make and implement business decisions.

If you need any more information, please contact the Community Services Procurement Policy (CSPP) team.

Community Services Procurement Policy Training

We have recently advertised new dates for our popular Developing Procurement Plans and Requests and Evaluating Offers and Writing Evaluation Reports training sessions.

These workshops take government agency officers engaged in community services procurement through the key steps of the procurement process, with a focus on considerations specific to the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy.

You can register for our community services procurement training online today.

Supporting Communities Forum

On 2 March 2022 the Supporting Communities Forum (SCF) held the first meeting of the year. Read the communique from the meeting or find out more about the SCF online.

Outcomes Measurement Framework for Community Services

The Outcomes Measurement Framework sets out the community outcomes the Western Australian Government seeks to achieve in delivering community services. It applies to all new commissioning plans and service agreements and the relevant reporting requirements described in each commissioning plan.

You will soon see the Outcomes Measurement Framework reflected in Requests for Community Services, with standardised outcome domains and community outcomes included in addition to specific community outcomes and service level outcomes.

Supporting information will be available on WA.gov.au soon, in the meantime please contact CSPP for any enquires.

Finance Volunteers Ruah

Finance employees, including members of our Corporate Executive, recently volunteered with Ruah Community Services as part of our Community Development Involvement program.

Staff helped out in the kitchens preparing a nutritious lunch for vulnerable people from food donated by Woolworths Dogswamp while learning more about how community service organisations like Ruah support the community at a grassroots level, and how the work we do at Finance helps achieve positive outcomes.

If your community service provider is looking for corporate volunteers, please contact the CSPP team and let us know.