Following our ERO update in late December, the Department of Finance has provided WACOSS and CEWA with a spreadsheet of 300 current contracts with an award that pre-dates 1 July 2013.
We are asking organisations across the sector to undertake the following actions:
- Check the spreadsheet and identify if any of your current contract/s are missing and should be on this list (note, only contracts that pre-date 1 July 2013 are under consideration for a supplementary payment).
- If your contract is listed, get in touch with your contract manager to confirm that the Government's dollar amount of the contract matches your records. If it matches you don't need to do anything.
- If your contract is NOT on the list, please contact WACOSS or CEWA immediately, via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- Name of the contract
- State Government Agency that funds the project
- Initial contract start date (which must pre-date 1 July 2013)
- Current end date of the contract
- Name of your contract manager
Please provide this feedback by 5:00pm Friday 24 January. On behalf of our members, and of the sector, we will take our concerns to the Department of Finance.
The McGowan Government has made a commitment to deliver an additional $60m over four years, as a start to closing the gap between state service contract funding levels and ERO award wage increases. We acknowledge and recognise this commitment, and that it is intended for service contracts that pre-date the implementation of the ERO award increases on 1 July 2013 and which have not been afforded an opportunity to renegotiate funding levels consistent with the commitments of the 2012 Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy (DCSP).
It's extremely important that the State Government has an accurate list of contracts, which is to help determine which contracts receive the first phase of the supplementary payment.
WACOSS and CEWA will continue to work with The Department of Treasury and The Department of Finance to determine the amount of supplementation at a contract level. Our ongoing involvement is to ensure that the financial modelling is fair, equitable, transparent and truly reflects the real cost to deliver all WA State Government contracts, including the legislated ERO requirements.
We accept the current proposal for funding is an interim solution, and do not endorse it as an adequate or proportionate response. Therefore we will continue to advocate for sustainable funding across all program areas.
We encourage you to forward this email to any organisation or program that needs to review their contracts.