NSW commissioning and contestability policy set for February launch

By The Mandarin

February 8, 2017

Catch up with the latest from the new Commissioning and Contestability Unit inside NSW Treasury as they launch their new policy.

Join NSW Treasury and IPAA as they officially launch the commissioning and contestability policy with a panel discussion and Q&A later this month.

Commissioning and contestability are key tools available to optimise service delivery outcomes. The purpose of the NSW Government Commissioning and Contestability Policy is to lead a whole-of-government approach to delivering improved service outcomes for NSW citizens. The policy will support the sector’s capacity and capability to deliver service commissioning, and strengthen confidence in the quality of government spend on the right services.

The new policy applies to all NSW government agencies and needs to be used in a range of situations, including:

  • if you are developing new service delivery policies or reviewing service delivery policies
  • when you are undertaking portfolio or service delivery reviews
  • where  commissioning and contesting services impact on annual and mid-year budget submissions
  • when you are undertaking strategic planning and whole of agency and/or cross-agency organisational redesign
  • prior to executing major government contracts that bind Government for long contract periods
  • in determining service continuity arrangements prior to the end of major contracts.

NSW Treasury has also published a practice guide.

The panel discussion will look at the merits and lessons learnt from the commissioning of public services, as observed from the experts in this field and customers of government services.

The key question posed is in the panel’s opinion, how can government take and build upon the foundation of the commissioning and contestability policy, and improve the lives of NSW citizens?

Event details:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 — 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney

Register for free through IPAA NSW.

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