• 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 Department of Finance (Finance) will undertake the review and update of the DCSP Policy. The Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) unit will be responsible for stakeholder engagement, developing the proposed amendments, and submitting the draft DCSP Policy to the Community, Safety and Family Support (CSFS) Cabinet Sub Committee for endorsement. The review of the DCSP Policy will be informed by stakeholder input, collected through multiple engagement methods in line with the DCSP Partnership Principles and Behaviours.

    This ‘Latest News’ section of this webpage will be updated throughout the stakeholder engagement process to keep you informed of the progress made.

    Latest News

    DCSP Policy Survey

    FaCS circulated a survey to government and not-for-profit stakeholders on 11 October 2017, which was live for over two weeks. The purpose of this survey was to gather initial stakeholder feedback on the following:

    • 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.

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

    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 will shape the agenda for the stakeholder consultation workshops in December 2017.

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

    Stakeholder Consultation Workshops

    FaCS has in conjunction with stakeholders invited a wide range of stakeholders to participate in one of two workshops to be held on 5 December and 6 December 2017. The workshops will consult stakeholders on the key feedback provided in the survey, along with potential improvements. The outcome of the workshops will inform the revised DCSP Policy.

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