This Direction deals with procurement of human services from non-government organisations (NGOs) by a NSW government agency within the meaning of Public Works and Procurement Act 1912 (“Government Agency").
From 1 May 2017, Government Agencies may use the prescribed template NSW Human Services Agreement (Prescribed Template) when procuring human services from NGOs.
From 1 August 2017, the Procurement Board requires all Government Agencies to use the Prescribed Template when procuring human services from NGOs. Agencies will use the Prescribed Template as existing contracts expire.
The Prescribed Template must be utilised for NGOs engaged to deliver human services. It is designed to:
In this Direction:
The Prescribed Template and this Direction do not apply to:
Amendments must be approved by your agency’s General Counsel and its Chief Procurement Officer
Agencies must seek approval to amend the Prescribed Template from its General Counsel (or external legal counsel) and its Chief Procurement Officer. Amendments are limited to those required to ensure the contract is fit-for-purpose for the contracted human services.
Agencies are required to report amendments to the Human Services Category Management Working Group (CMWG) annually
The CMWG is responsible for the ongoing administration of the Prescribed Template. Each year, the CMWG will require agencies to provide a list of amendments made in the previous 12 months. The CMWG will review the amendments and in consultation with Department of Education, Department of Family and Community Services and the Ministry of Health, these agencies will develop the Prescribed Template and recommend any changes to the Procurement Board. The Procurement Board will be responsible for approving the recommended changes.
The Agreement is suitable for procurements involving a mix of NGOs and for-profit organisations
The Board recognises that increasingly procurements involve a mix of non-profit and for-profit providers. Whilst the Prescribed Template is for procurements by Government Agencies with non-profit organisations only, it may be used for human services procurement activities involving a mix of NGOs and for-profit organisations.
Agencies are required to source information on NGOs from the NGO Registration Scheme – human services
Agencies are required to use the NGO Registration Scheme – human services to source information from NGOs when preparing the Agreement (see PBD-2016-04-Accessing information about non-government organisations delivering human services).
This Direction was approved by the NSW Procurement Board on 10 April 2017 and takes effect from 1 May 2017. The Direction will be reviewed after two years of operation.