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Partnership Principles and Behaviours

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The Putting the Public First: Partnering with the Community and Business to Deliver Outcomes report, released by the Western Australian Government's Economic Audit Committee in 2009, detailed 43 recommendations intended to create a more collaborative and innovative public sector.

The Report included the recommendation that a set of principles be developed to facilitate partnership between Government and the
not-for-profit community sector in the delivery of community services in Western Australia.

In response to the Report's recommendation, the Partnership Forum developed the Partnership Principles and Behaviours to govern and facilitate partnerships between the public and not-for-profit community sectors in the policy, planning and delivery of community services.

Government agencies and not-for-profit community organisations are expected to engage with each other in a manner consistent with the following Partnership Principles and Behaviours:

Principles

  • A commitment to improve social, cultural and economic outcomes for the Western Australian community;
  • Respect for the natural authority and contribution of individuals, families and communities in improving the outcomes of community services;
  • A commitment to creating the conditions for individuals, families and communities to empower themselves in the design, planning and delivery of community services;
  • A collaborative approach to decision making and working together recognising the interdependence in the delivery of community services;
  • A partnership based on mutual respect and trust, with openness and transparency in all activities;
  • Recognition of the value and contribution of both sectors in the delivery of community services; and
  • An enduring commitment to the sustainability of community services.

Behaviours

  • An enduring focus and drive to deliver demonstrable improvements in outcomes for all Western Australians;
  • Continually promoting the meaningful involvement of individuals, families and communities in the ongoing design, planning and delivery of community services and supports;
  • Encouraging collaboration on all significant issues, including the development of policy, planning and service delivery;
  • Transparency in decision making, including through the sharing of data and information, to inform the basis of funding decisions and contracting requirements;
  • An interdependent approach to the planning and delivery of community services; and
  • Championing efforts by the public and not-for-profit sectors to work together to ensure community services are sustainable.