Not-for-profit body Shelter WA has been appointed to provide a strong single voice on the critical issue of affordable housing and represent the housing needs of low-to-moderate income earners.
The services purchased by the Department of Housing include engagement with, and influence of, key stakeholders and provision of policy input to government. These services will support the State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy by encouraging consumers, housing providers, government and industry to work together to address affordability issues, and provide input to the Department of Housing and others to develop appropriate housing options.
Director General, Grahame Searle, said that the Department of Housing has had a long working relationship with Shelter WA and believes that they will provide an excellent service to support the strategic objectives of the Affordable Housing Strategy.
“A competitive open tender process was used to identify a single service provider that could provide the required services to the Department,” he said.
“I am pleased to congratulate Shelter WA on being awarded this tender, and I look forward to working together under these new arrangements to deliver positive outcomes for the housing sector.
“The single provider model was chosen as the most effective way to provide strong across-sector representation, advocacy and policy input on affordable housing, and will provide the best value for money.
“Existing not-for-profit organisations contracted to provide similar services to the Department of Housing were consulted in the review of current service arrangements and the development of the new procurement process, and expressed support for the single provider model.
“This new contract is valued at $3.9 million over five years, and demonstrates WA’s ongoing support for the sector, in an environment where reductions are being made elsewhere in government.”
The Department of Housing worked closely with the Department of Finance to ensure that the procurement process was fair, transparent and delivered value for money in accordance with the Delivering Community Services in Partnership (DCSP) policy.
The DCSP policy aims to improve outcomes for Western Australians through a genuine partnership between Government and the not-for-profit sector in the funding and contracting of community services. Reformed procurement processes are being implemented across Government as existing arrangements expire.
Mr Searle said in line with the DCSP policy, the procurement process was undertaken in consultation with the not-for-profit sector.
“A consultative process enabled the Department to engage the not-for-profit sector in the planning and design of the services, which will ultimately lead to a better outcome for all parties, including the community,” he said.
Examples of services that Shelter WA will provide under the new contract include:
- Input into Government policy development through providing evidence based advice
- Undertaking broad consultation with a diverse range of stakeholders
- Raising community and industry awareness of housing affordability issues and opportunities
- Influencing stakeholders to engage with the Affordable Housing Strategy’s goals and outcomes
- Proactively strengthening cross-sector networks by fostering collaboration between stakeholder groups