According to Contract News on the ProcurePoint website, from 1 August 2017, “the Procurement Board requires all government agencies to use the Agreement when procuring human services from NGOs. Agencies will use the prescribed template as existing contracts expire.” This refers to all tender processes that involve one or more NGOs (defined as a non-profit organisations that are independent of government). It can also be used where there is a mix of NGOs and for-profit organisations.
Community Sector News
ChangePath in Australian charity donation platforms compared aims to provide a short guide on what the major Australian platforms offer, their strengths and other information that will help small charities decide which is the best platform for them.
Getting Back to Basics: Characteristics of an Effective Board starts from the premise that everyone on the board must agree that their work drives the organisation’s vision and mission. However, it acknowledges that this is not enough to create an effective board and looks at what boards need to have to be dynamic and have the “right” culture.
Why warmth is the underappreciated skill leaders need. Social psychologists have observed that our perception of other people is based on two things, how capable, successful, and intelligent we consider the person to be and how likeable or trustworthy a person seem, that is, how competent and warm a person is and that these are imperative skills for leaders. However it does not mean a leader should just smile more broadly, it requires a more purposeful and considered appro
Is this how discrimination ends? notes that current workshops and programs designed to eliminate people’s hidden prejudices are not always effective. The article explores the research around implicit bias and how this could be incorporated into training to help people understand their response to individuals and groups.
Australia’s First Social Impact Bond for People Living with Mental Illness has been released. The New South Wales government selected Flourish Australia to roll out the community-based Resolve Program, providing crisis care to people with a severe mental illness.
Be prepared, not scared — staying relevant through change. Change is inevitable and irreversible but if it is to be achieve the requisite outcomes it is essential that management has the skill and desire to make the change effective. Both agility and innovation have been found to be two of the skills needed to support the process.
Two articles in Pro Bono News look at issues that are of broad interest to the community sector: Commonwealth to Fund Social Impact Investing and Disappointment as Volunteering Sidelined in the Budget.
Two articles, How to Boost Your Not for Profit’s Productivity and The flexible office can have risks, beyond performance, as well as positives, come from very different perspectives but both aim to improve productivity. The first looks at more effective ways of utilising technology. The second cites research that found that shared-desk en