Parenting Orders Program

Apply when?
Between 8/08/2012 and 22/08/2012

PLEASE NOTE: this application process DOES NOT include providing services to the Western Melbourne (20510) area.  Western Melbourne was mentioned in this page, Part C: Parenting Orders Program V1.3, and the Application Form for Funding - Parenting Orders Program, published on 8 August 2012.  This page, Part C: Parenting Orders Program V1.31, and the Application Form for Funding - Parenting Orders Program V1.1 have been republished on 9 August 2012 with the correct Activity Delivery Area details.

Who to contact?
vic.ccspoptender@dss.gov.au

The Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) invites suitably qualified organisations to submit an application to deliver Parenting Orders Program services in Victoria under the Family Support Program.

The Parenting Orders Program helps separating families, who are in high conflict, establish parenting arrangements that support their child’s best interests.

FaHCSIA is seeking to fund a service that is responsive to the specialist needs of clients accessing Parenting Orders Program services in these geographical services areas:

  • Eastern Outer Melbourne
  • Southern Melbourne
  • Greater Dandenong City
  • Frankston City
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire.

 Delivery of the services will cover the period October 2012 to June 2014 with funds of approximately
$1.15 million.

How to Apply

Application Forms should be emailed to vic.ccspoptender@dss.gov.au

Questions and Answers

A ‘Questions and Answers’ facility for the Parenting Orders Program support service is available.  You can email questions to the team at vic.ccspoptender@dss.gov.au

Question Answer
Is FaHCSIA looking for one provider to deliver the services across all regions or can an applicant nominate one or two regions to provide services? The current Application Process is for service providers that can provide access for the entire Activity Delivery Area as specified under 4 Special Conditions - Activity Delivery Areas, in the FSP Program Guidelines – Family Support Program Family Law Services Part C: Parenting Orders Program Version 1.31.
Could you provide additional information about why the service delivery areas were chosen? As this selection process is to replace an existing service provider, the specified Activity Delivery Area remains unchanged from the original selection process as determined by the Attorney-General at that time.
Could you please provide more information about the boundaries of each of the areas? A description of each of the five Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Standard Geographical Classification areas is available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/nrpmaps.nsf/NEW+GmapPages/national+regional+profile
Is discussion with the current Parenting Orders Program provider within probity provisions? FaHCSIA can respond to questions that seek clarification of the Application Form and the Application Guidelines. The current service provider is not a party to the current Application Process and therefore cannot answer questions relating to it.
What were the previous numerical targets per annum for the Parenting Orders Program? Paragraph 3.2 of the FSP Program Guidelines – Family Support Program Family Law Services Part C: Parenting Orders Program Version 1.31 published on the FaHCSIA internet on 9 August 2012 specifies the Selection Criteria to be used in the current Application Process.
Does FaHCSIA expect applicants to offer a venue in each of the statistical sub-divisions or activity delivery areas? As per the Selection Criteria in Paragraph 3.2 of the FSP Program Guidelines – Family Support Program Family Law Services Part C: Parenting Orders Program Version 1.31 published on the FaHCSIA internet on 9 August 2012, applications should propose a service model that meets the needs of the target groups and or the communities which occur in the Activity Delivery Areas. Please note that Western Melbourne (20510) has been withdrawn from the Activity Delivery Area.
Is a budget required to be prepared as part of this submission? No
Are we required to submit separate applications for the Parenting Orders Program and Children’s Contact Services Application Processes? Yes
Can you please advise if the Parenting Orders Program service currently offers any after hours services? As outlined in the FSP Program Guidelines – Family Support Program Family Law Services Part C: Parenting Orders Program, the aims and objectives of the Parenting Orders Program uses a variety of child-focused and child inclusive interventions and works where possible with all members of the family. Family members, including children, can receive a range of services such as counselling, mediation and group work education. Individual service provision requirements, such as operating hours, are a decision for applicants in the context of their service model.
Is there a requirement for a transition plan as part of the application? Yes, in the FSP Program Guidelines – Family Support Program Family Law Services Part C: Parenting Orders Program Version 1.31 under Selection Criterion at 3.2.2 Organisational Capability, applicants are required to provide a transition plan.  The purpose of the transition plan is for applicants to show that they can commence service provision by mid-October 2012.  The transition plan can include details of how you would fulfil the requirement to work with the existing provider on a transition plan for staff and seamless service delivery for clients.
What are the existing provider’s CCS and/or POP current premises and lease options for new providers? Cranbourne Owned by GordonCare
4 bedroom house
Available Lease/Future Sale (market rates)
Frankston Leased (office space – 6 offices +) Leased from City of Frankston
Boronia Leased (1 office only) Lease from  ECLC
Mentone Leased
(3 bedroom House)
Optional – Leased from City of Kingston
Highett Owned by GordonCare Not available
What is the exiting provider’s current staffing? Program Manager – 1.0 EFT
  EFT All SACS Award
Shared CCS and POP Positions
Intake Team Leader 1.0 SW Class 3 Year 3
Intake Worker 0.8 SW Class 2 Year 1
Administration 2.0 QWW Class 1 Year 1
CCS Positions
Team Leader 1.0 SW Class 3 Year 3
CCS Co-ordinators 2 x 0.8 SW Class 2 Year 2
Contact Workers 2 x 1.5 QWW Class 1 Year 1
POP Positions
Team Leader 0.6 SW Class 3 Year 3
Child and Family Workers  4.7 SW Class 3 Year 3

 

Content Updated: 27 September 2013