The Impact of Government Contracts on Non-Government Organisations

The Whitlam Institute, together with its project partners the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and the Social Justice & Social Change Research Centre have released the report  A Question of Balance: principles, contracts and the government-not-for-profit relationship.

This report is the culmination of over a year's work by our organisations. The project examined the contractual relationship between governments and non-for-profit organisations for the provision of services, particularly employment services. In doing so, we have supplemented the primary and secondary research undertaken in the project with detailed legal analysis of a number of key Federal government contracts.

While quite technical at one level, the report is attracting considerable interest as it addresses a critical issue at the heart of the way governments deliver services. Verona Burgess at the Australian Financial Review suggests to her readers in her comprehensive piece on the report (4.09.09)  that's it's well worth a read.  A Question of Balance not only presents the research findings but proposes a series of recommendations including a proposed set of common principles that could govern future contracts.

The project has been supported by a research partnership grant with funding from Jobs Australia and the University of Western Sydney.

A Question of Balance


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