• Assess yourself!

    By now you’ve likely heard about the Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy. It is the policy designed to build and support a more mature funding and contracting relationship between the public sector and not for profit community service providers.

    Government Procurement’s Funding and Contracting Services (FaCS) unit was established to guide and support these sectors with the implementation of this policy and its associated reforms – a mammoth task to say the least.

    FaCS has reached a milestone in the implementation by completing procurement capability reviews for each of the government agencies that procure community services. The reviews have rated agencies capabilities against a best practice procurement framework and provided each agency with a baseline that they can use for future assessments.

    To assist agencies with continuous improvement FaCS has developed an electronic Self-assessment Tool that is replacing the capability reviews. By using the tool, they will be able to compare their results across years, as well as reflect on their processes and practices.

    Acting FaCS Director, Kate Ingham, said that, “Self-assessment will encourage greater ownership of the process and sophistication in setting up service agreements”.

    Support tools for agencies embarking on their self-assessment include a high level guidance document and a detailed user guide. It goes without saying that FaCS will be on hand to offer guidance and advice along the process.

    The FaCS unit anticipates that the Self-assessment Tool will be implemented in July 2014 and will offer a series of training workshops in May and June.

    Want to know more? Visit the Finance website, or contact FaCS on (08) 6551 1515 or fundingandcontracting@finance.wa.gov.au.

    Published date: 26 May 2014