Consultation has begun over government funding contracts for all not-for-profit organisations in South Australia ÛÒ the first changes to terms and conditions in nearly a decade.
The contracts cover hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding across arts, sport, environment, child protection, family welfare, low income support, drug and alcohol and gambling rehabilitation and other social services.
SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley said that for many organisations the consultations would see the first major change in the terms and conditions of their funding in nearly a decade.
“The aim is to have standard contracts regardless of what department or program is supplying the funding, and to make the funding agreements simple and less onerous on community organisations,” Womersley said.
“This consultation and the potential to change funding arrangements is long overdue. For many community sector organisations, the current funding contracts are unclear, onerous and do not reflect a model of partnership with government to build better communities.
“In the preliminary discussions between government and our sector we have made considerable progress in removing problematic clauses and establishing a partnership approach, but the real test will be in the feedback we [hear] in the consultations over the coming days.”
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