The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) funds non-government organisations to deliver a range of frontline services that enable vulnerable Queenslanders to improve their lives.
The department is rolling out a range of red tape reduction reforms that are streamlining internal processes making it easier to do business with the department and ensuring services can be delivered as efficiently as possible.
To support the Queensland Government’s commitment to reduce red tape by 20% by 2018, the department has streamlined its agreements.
The new streamlined agreements are shorter and clearer than the previous versions and are designed to simplify the contracting process for our service delivery partners and to support improved service delivery.
From 1 July 2014, the department will use two streamlined agreements:
From 1 July 2014, as previous versions of the service agreement end (i.e. agreements entered into between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2014), and as new funding is approved, a funded organisation will move to the new streamlined service agreement. Under the new streamlined agreement an organisation will have a maximum of three streamlined service agreements with the department.
From 1 July 2014 the department will use the whole-of-government Standard Suite of Contracts as the basis for our streamlined agreements including:
The Standard Suite of Contracts provides the standard terms and conditions for all social services funding across the Queensland Government. Further information about the Standard Suite of Contracts is provided below.
The streamlined Service Agreement is used for the majority of service delivery funding and comprises two parts:
There are three versions of the Funding and Service Details:
The three Funding and Service Details have been developed by the department to align with the Whole-of-Government Standard Terms and detail the specific provisions for the funding and contact details and includes one or more Funding Schedules.
The Funding Schedule forms part of the Funding and Service Details and prescribes the funding and the services to be delivered and reporting requirements. Disability Services and Community Care service agreements include only one Funding Schedule. Service Agreements for Community Services and Child Safety may include one or more Funding Schedules.
The streamlined Short Form Agreement is designed for services or activities that are low risk and is generally used for funding under $100,000 per annum. The Short Form Agreement comprises two parts:
There are two versions of the Particulars:
Where an organisation is funded for service provision, under $100,000 per annum and has a streamlined Service Agreement in place, the funding will generally be added to the Service Agreement though a Funding Schedule, rather than entering into a separate Short Form Agreement.
Organisations will transition to streamlined agreements from 1 July 2014 and:
The Standard Suite of Contracts is to be used by all Queensland Government agencies as a basis for contracting the delivery of social, economic and cultural services, for the provision of funding to community organisations, and for sponsorship arrangements.
The Standard Suite of Contracts facilitates a contemporary, consistent, ‘One Government’ approach to contracting of social services and is designed to make it easier to do business with government.
The Funding and Service Details documents can be accessed here:
The Short Form Particulars documents can be accessed here:
Service agreements used prior to 1 July 2014, Service Agreement (Part A) – Standard Terms of Funding, Service Agreement (Part B) – Specific Terms of Funding and Service Agreement (Part C) – Specifications, are available on the archive page.
Geographic Catchment Areas are generally used in service agreements to identify where funded services will be delivered.
Geographic Catchment Areas are also used to map data about services in a common way and better show the coverage and spread of service delivery across Queensland. This information can be used to identify need and gaps in service delivery and to inform the department’s future investment decisions.
In service agreements, Geographic Catchment Areas can be described in one of three ways:
The use of the ABS Statistical Areas (SAs) is the department’s preferred way of describing the Geographic Catchment Area. Additional information regarding SAs can be found on the ABS webpage at http://www.abs.gov.au/
To assist funded organisations in understanding the SAs specified in their agreements, the following two documents are available:
If you cannot locate a document on Our Website, please contact Us and We will assist You or provide You with a copy of the document. To discuss the changes further, please contact your regional office.