The department will transition funded non-government service provision during the next three years from an input model to an output model.
Funding for output based service provision aims to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the non-government sector by reducing costs through the streamlining of reporting and financial accountability requirements. This will allow funded non-government service providers to refocus attention from administrative processing to service provision.
Previously funding for service provision was input-based. Funding was provided in line with a budget proposal developed jointly between the department and the funded non-government service provider and was focused on staffing and operating costs. Service providers acquited against the line items in the budget at a program or grant level. Some older contracts may still use input based funding.
In simple terms, an output is a good or service delivered to someone else which generates a desired outcome. Service providers transform resources (inputs) into services (outputs) and the impact of these outputs on individuals, groups and the community are the outcomes of the service. Funding for output-based service provision is focussed on the service provided (output) to the service user. The funding is allocated to produce the output.
For more information on output-based funding all non-government organisations should contact their Community Service Officer.