DSS Programmes fund a diverse range of service types and activities. Due to the size and complexity of the programmes, access to funding will be available through a direct, restricted or open competitive selection processes. To ensure the most beneficial outcome, DSS reserves its right to source providers outside of an open selection process, including by direct selection, restricted selection or negotiating the expansion of an existing agreement with a current provider.
Open competitive selection process
An open competitive selection process is available to all providers operating in the market place. Open processes are advertised through the media, the DSS website, and other sources as required to attract as much interest as possible. Open competitive grant rounds have open and closing dates for the submission of applications, with eligible applications being assessed against set selection criteria.
Restricted selection process
A restricted (or targeted) selection process is used where there are few providers available in the market, as a result of the highly specialised services or expertise required, geographical considerations, or time constraints. A restricted grant round is competitive, but is only open to a limited number of potential grant recipients based on the specialised requirements of the granting activity or project under consideration. Potential grant recipients are invited to apply and will be assessed against selection criteria.
Direct selection process
A direct selection process is a closed process, where an approach is made directly to an existing, high performing provider to expand their current service delivery activities or deliver new services. It involves assessment of a provider’s capacity to deliver an expanded service, or capability to deliver a new service through use of selection criteria and/or an assessment of a provider’s current performance.