The NSW Government has a broad social justice role with a key objective to work in partnership with the community to build a fairer and more inclusive society.
The following broad principles articulate the basis for a strong funding and working relationship between the Government and all organisations that receive grants funding. These principles are applicable to all agencies and programs funded with public monies.
Principles for the funding relationship
Value for money: Obtaining the best mix of services to meet the community's needs within available funding and selecting the mix of resources that delivers the best possible outcomes to clients.
Fairness, Integrity and Transparency: Ensuring that the Government grants system is and is seen to be accessible, appropriate and fair.
Cooperation: Government agencies and funded organisations will work to promote a funding relationship based on reciprocity.
Diversity: Embodying the recognition of diversity in the community in grants administration practice.
Consistency: Grants administration procedures should be consistent within programs, across individual government agencies, across government and as funding programs evolve.
Coordination: Outcomes for people and communities can be improved through better alignment of planning, program design and service delivery within and across both Government, non government organisations and local government.
Probity: Grants administration must be conducted in an environment of integrity, honesty and scrutiny.
Principles for the working relationship
Evidence-based approach: Policy and program development and service delivery should be based on reliable evidence.
Outcomes: Decisions should be informed by a focus on real outcomes for people and communities.
Accountability: Both Government agencies and funded organisations must be accountable and transparent in the way in which they spend public funds, in a manner appropriate to the level of expenditure.
Respect: Both Government and funded organisations must respect each other's roles and acknowledge that these roles may lead to differences of opinion around particular issues
Communication: Wherever possible, Government agencies and funded organisations should make open communication and consultation a priority, particularly where changes to policies, programs or services are being considered or advocated.
Independence: Funded organisations are independent agencies that are responsible and accountable for their own performance and management. They are accountable to their members in the operation of their organisation. Where NGO's receive government funding they are also accountable to Government for their performance in relation to the service or initiative being funded.
Inclusiveness: The Government is obliged to balance the interest of all New South Wales citizens and has a responsibility to allocate resources accordingly. This may involve changes to policies, administrative and funding arrangements. The Government is accountable to the electorate for such changes.
"Working Together for NSW" Agreement
Since the early 1990s Governments world-wide have been outsourcing and working with non government organisations and with local government councils to deliver services, particularly human services, previously delivered by government.
The agreement Working Together for NSW incorporates the Principles and provides a framework for consultation and negotiation between the Government and the NSW non-government human services organisations. The Department of Community Services, Communities Division, oversees the implementation of the Agreement.