• DCSP Policy Review


    The Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) Policy, implemented in July 2011, seeks to improve outcomes for all Western Australians by building a genuine partnership between Public Authorities and the not-for-profit community sector in the policy, planning and delivery of sustainable community services.

    In order to support the Western Australian government’s Supporting Communities Election Commitments and to recognise advances in community services procurement made over the last six years, a need to review and update the DCSP Policy and supporting documentation has been established.

    The Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) unit is responsible for stakeholder engagement, collating proposed amendments, and submitting the draft DCSP Policy to the Supporting Communities Forum and Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub-Committee for endorsement. The review of the DCSP Policy is being informed by stakeholder input, collected through multiple engagement methods in line with the DCSP Partnership Principles and Behaviours.

    Stakeholder Engagement Process

    DCSP Policy Survey

    FaCS circulated a survey to government and not-for-profit stakeholders on 11 October 2017 to gather initial stakeholder feedback on how successful the DCSP Policy has been in achieving its aims; whether the DCSP Policy Partnership Principles and Behaviours have been followed in the procurement of community services to date; and what aspects of the DCSP Policy could be improved. A total of 341 responses were received (including over 1000 free text responses) resulting in a 30.8 per cent response rate. The following document provides a summary of the survey results.

    PDF opens in new window DCSP Policy Review and Update – Survey Results Summary [PDF] (opens a new window) 

    Consultation meeting and workshops

    The results of the survey were shared and discussed with government procurement professionals and peak body not-for-profit organisations in meetings held on 9 November and 10 November 2017 respectively. The survey results and feedback provided at these two meetings then shaped the agenda for two consultation workshops held on 5 December and 6 December 2017. A wide range of stakeholders from both the government and not-for-profit sectors attended the workshops. A copy of the workshop presentation is provided below:

    PDF opens in new window DCSP Policy Review and Update – Workshop Presentation Slides [PDF] (opens a new window)

    Workshop attendees were asked to explore six key themes identified in the survey and to develop recommendations for the DCSP Policy and for community services procurement practice. The themes explored were as follows:

    1. Administrative burden,
    2. Integrated services,
    3. Outcomes,
    4. Stakeholder engagement and co-design,
    5. Planning - needs analysis and data collection, and
    6. Sustainability.

    A summary of the proposed recommendations by stakeholders is provided below:

    PDF opens in new window DCSP Policy Review and Update – Workshop Feedback Summary [PDF] (opens a new window)

    Thank you to all those who responded to the survey and/or participated in one of the meetings or workshops; your feedback has been invaluable.

    Draft Policy

    Recommendations proposed at the workshops are currently being used to develop a draft DCSP Policy. Once developed, the draft DCSP Policy will be presented to the Supporting Communities Forum and to the Community Safety and Family Support Cabinet Sub-Committee for endorsement.

    If you have any questions in relation to the review of the DCSP Policy or the stakeholder consultation process, please email FaCS.