Message from the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
I’m delighted that we have this Code, which can assist government agencies and non-profit organisations to work together when using public funds to benefit communities.
My interest has always been on achieving better outcomes - and I am sure that this Code will help to keep the focus on making that difference evident.
We are keen to try new ways of delivering funding and contracting with service providers so that families, whānau and communities reap the benefit.
I would particularly like to thank all the contributors from the community and voluntary sector and government agencies that helped develop the Code.
The Code contains criteria and good practice examples including the need for respect, transparency, open communication, flexibility and accountability and how these can be put into practice.
Although the Code is voluntary I will be talking with my Ministerial colleagues to encourage them to read it and ensure their agencies use it.
Hon Tariana Turia
Purpose of the code
This Code of funding practice aims to assist government and non-profit organisations when entering into government funding arrangements. The Code also aims to encourage greater collaboration between the parties.
It is intended that this Code of funding practice will be used by:
- government department and Crown entity funders to complement the official guidance from the Treasury and the Office of the Auditor-General
- non-profit organisations to aid in managing their funding relationships with government agencies.
The Code of funding practice is a voluntary Code. For some services and programmes negotiation may be at a sector level rather than with individual non-profit organisations. In these circumstances the opportunities for individual providers to negotiate separately is not available but both funder and ‘sector level' negotiators are expected to consider the many differing sized organisations that are likely to be covered by these ‘national' agreements.