Cameron Review Implementation

 

Application for funding for community legal centres in NSW 

A new application - based funding process for community legal centres in NSW has been introduced by the state government.

The application process opened at 3PM on Friday 19 October.

All applications must be  submitted by  Monday 3rd December 2018 11:45PM. Please note this revised application closing time.

Two pools of funding are available. Only certain organisations are eligible to apply for each funding pool including:  

Only organisations that are currently funded under the Community Legal Services Program are eligible for Pool 1 funding.

Only organisations that are currently funded under the Community Legal Services Program, members or associate members of CLCNSW, or the organisations listed in section 7.5 of the Cameron Review report are eligible for Pool 2 funding.

Eligible organisations were formally notified by Legal Aid NSW when the application process opened.

Prospective applicants need to register with the NSW government eTender website to be able to submit a tender. NSW Government eTender. Further information is also available on the Legal Aid NSW website.

Application Information sessions

CLCNSW conducted two applicant Information Sessions in Sydney on Tuesday 23rd October and Monday 29th October 2018.

Legal Aid NSW  provided a formal eTender briefing prior to the Information Session. A copy of the powerpoint presentation is available as part of Addenda 2 on NSW eTender.

The Law and Justice Foundation also presented information about it's publication "Evidence of Legal Need in NSW to support the Cameron Review Implementation". The resource  provides the latest data on priority client groups and CLC catchment areas in NSW.

The resource can be downloaded directly from the Law and Justice Foundation website here.

Additional research into priority groups by gender is available here.

Download Law and Justice Foundation Presentation from the October Information Sessions.

CLCNSW's presentation helped unpack the application assessment criteria for the purposes of preparing responses to the application.  

Download CLCNSW Application Information Presentation from the October Information Sessions.

CLCNSW Application Resource Guide 

CLCNSW developed an Application Resource Guide to support applicants which is Part F of the Application documents.

This can be downloaded here.

Prospective applicants from regional, rural and remote organisations (one person per organisation) who attended the information sessions can seek reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses to attend the information sessions. For enquiries please contact  Vijhai Utheyan Office Manager CLCNSW PH: 02 9212 7333 vijhai.utheyan@clcnsw.org.au

Funding available 

The application process consists of two components:

  • Pool 1 Funding: up to $10.5 million per annum for three years, available only to the organisations that are currently funded under the CLSP for core services, and any service enhancements that are related to their services.
  • Pool 2 Funding: $2.2 million per annum for three years to address critical service gaps and fund services that do not currently receive funding under the CLSP, available to any organisation that complies with the mandatory requirements set out in Part A (Introduction and Description of the Requirement).

The total amount in State and PPF funding to be allocated over the three-year funding cycle from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 is up to $38.1 million.

Background

The recent review of NSW Community Legal Centres – the Cameron Review - strongly endorsed the work that Community Legal Centres do.

The NSW government has supported implementation of key recommendations from the Cameron Review including:

  • An application based funding model from 2019-20 for all State funding to community legal centres 
  • A 3 year funding model
  • Development of an evidence base to inform applications for funding
  • Support the community legal sector through the application process

Initial Information sessions about the procurement process were held in August 2018. 

  •  CLCNSW presentation - August 2018 

Queensland resources

The Cameron Review recommended that the NSW Government adopt a funding allocation a good practice model similar to Queensland. Queensland resources are provided here for guidance only.  Application specific resources for the NSW will be made available once finalised.

More information

Contact the CLCNSW Capacity Building Coordinator Laurel Draffen laurel.draffen@clcnsw.org.au PH: 02 92127333.