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Until the last five years the term commissioning was not well known in the NSW community sector. There was some knowledge of its use in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and the role it played in reforming their sectors but only a limited understanding of how it worked and its actual impact.

Its supporters maintain that commissioning will produce efficient, responsive and better quality services that are capable of driving improved outcomes for our clients and their communities.

This series of three information sheets is looking at commissioning, the government's and community sector's role and its potential impact within the context of government funded community services sector in NSW.

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