Attention NGO (Not For Profit) providers who contract with Government

Here’s the contents of an email we recently sent out – this is a significant change coming,  please pass the news on to anyone you think will be affected.

Subject: Workshop to learn more about upcoming government contracting changes

Tēnā koutou

Changes are coming in the way government agencies that contract with NGOs will contract in the future.  In March 2013 cabinet gave approval for the NGO streamlined government contracting project to be rolled out across all government agencies.

The following government agencies have already signalled their intent to roll out the new contract templates between 1 July 2014 to 1 July 2016:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Department of Corrections

It’s also hoped that District Health Boards will also use the contracting framework, but MBIE is testing that with DHBs over the coming months.

A series of workshops are being offered around the country to support you to understand the changes coming and let you begin to prepare yourself for the upcoming changes.  A session will be held in Dunedin, hosted by Council of Social Services Dunedin as follows:

Venue: Waipori Room, Community Link, WINZ Building
Address: cnr Castle & St Andrew Sts, Dunedin
Time: 9.30-1.00pm, Tuesday 25 March 2014

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These seminars are being held in different locations around the country, if you would like to see alternative venues please go to:  http://www.angoa.org.nz/events/

Registration is open to all NGO providers currently contracting with one of the above government agencies.  If you wish to be informed about the changes and learn from each other about what this means for the sector then please register at:

reception@councilofsocialservices.org.nz

Registration is essential as numbers will be limited based on venue capacity.  We are limited in the number of workshops we can hold and we are keen for as many different organisations as possible to attend, therefore numbers for each provider are limited to one place each.

RSVP needed by 19 March 2014.

If you want to learn more about the project and changes then the following link will take you to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website and all relevant documents:

http://www.business.govt.nz/procurement/procurement-reform/streamlined-contracting-with-ngos/

The training and education section has a series of videos that provide you with more background information:

http://www.business.govt.nz/procurement/procurement-reform/streamlined-contracting-with-ngos/training-and-education-programme/training-videos

We look forward to seeing as many NGO providers as possible at the upcoming workshop.

Ngā mihi

Jane Clutha
Facilitator for Council of Social Services Dunedin