Standardised Contracts Slash Red Tape For SA NFPs

The South Australian not-for-profit sector is celebrating the roll out of standardised government funding contracts after years of negotiations, significantly slashing red tape requirements for organisations.

The South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) said by standardising contract templates, NFPs would receive fairer funding, and would save time and money on what it described as an inconsistent and onerous process.

The new contract templates replace the former two-step process, and reduce the need for legal checks and potential disputes over basic terms.

SACOSS CEO Ross Womersley said the new contracts would make it simpler for organisations to deliver services to the people who needed it most, and remove vague and intrusive clauses which constrained the independence of the sector.

“We are confident that the new standardised contract templates will provide significant red tape reduction for our sector because the contract conditions will be the same regardless of which department or agency is providing the funding,” Womersley said.

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