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The Partnership Forum brings together leaders from State Government agencies and the not-for-profit community sector, and consumer advocates, to improve outcomes for all Western Australians.

The Forum meets on a quarterly basis and is facilitated by an independent Chair. Progress and activities are reported regularly to the Premier.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet provides secretariat support to the Forum.


The Partnership Forum was established by the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, in May 2010.

The Forum was created in response to the Putting the Public First: Partnering with the Community and Business to Deliver Outcomes report released by the Government's Economic Audit Committee in 2009.

The Report detailed 43 recommendations intended to create a more collaborative and innovative public sector, including the recommendation that a set of principles be developed to facilitate partnership between Government and not-for-profit community organisations in delivering community services.

Sustainable Funding and Contracting with the Not-for-Profit Sector Initiative

The Partnership Forum's initial role was to oversee the implementation of the  Sustainable Funding and Contracting with the
Not-For-Profit Sector Initiative 
(the Initiative). The Initiative was developed to support a sustainable not-for-profit sector and to
ensure that Government pays a fair and appropriate price for the community services it funds and purchases from the not-for-profit

As part of the Initiative, the Government of Western Australia announced a number of reforms, including an additional $604 million investment in the not-for-profit community sector between July 2011 and June 2015. This investment consisted of two phased rollouts of additional funding for existing community service contracts (Components I and II) which were intended to address the historical underfunding of community services.

The Initiative also included the introduction of the Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) Policy. The DCSP Policy was developed by the Partnership Forum and launched in 2011 to reform Government agencies' approach to purchasing (ie. funding and contracting) community services from the not-for-profit community sector.  This involved Government agencies transitioning away from      ad-hoc granting (funding) practices to establishing longer term contracts for the delivery of community services, as well as ensuring  contracts focused on achieving outcomes, rather than prescribing restrictive inputs and outputs.

Current Focus

The Partnership Forum's current focus is on adopting strategic and responsive approaches to emerging issues impacting the
community services sector while continuing to oversee the ongoing implementation of the Sustainable Funding and Contracting with the Not-For-Profit Sector Initiative.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Partnership Forum Strategic Directions 2016 and 2017.

Please follow the links below for more information regarding:

Putting the Public First: Partnering with the Community and Business to Deliver Outcomes Report

Partnership Principles and Behaviours

Sustainable Funding and Contracting Initiative with the Not-For-Profit Sector

Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy

Partnership Forum Membership