2014 Grant Selection Process

Australian Government Response to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry

On 16 September 2015, the Senate Community Affairs References Committee (the Committee) released their final report for the inquiry into the ‘Impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth community service tendering processes by the Department of Social Services’. The Committee made two recommendations in the interim report and 12 recommendations in the final report.

The Australian Government’s response to all recommendations included in both the interim and final reports was presented to the Senate out of session and will be tabled upon resumption of Parliament in February 2016.

Process Review 2014-15 Grants Round

The Department engaged Nous Group (Nous) to undertake a high level review of the 2014 grant selection process to capture key lessons that can inform future grants management activities. The Nous Process Review is attached.


Outcomes for the funding rounds that closed on 24 July 2014 have been finalised with most grant agreements commencing on 1 March 2015.  Further information on these funding rounds can be found on the Closed Funding Rounds page.  Details of individual grants are also in the DSS Grants Report.

DSS received an overwhelming response to these funding rounds. More than 5,500 applications for grants were received. These applications sought more than $3.9 billion in funding, with approximately $800 million in grants available at the time of advertising.  A profile of the applications received for the open rounds is available.

The overwhelming response from organisations demonstrates the commitment of the sector to building socially cohesive communities and support vulnerable clients across the country. Proposals for funding displayed the depth of experience and qualifications from organisations who are motivated to support positive outcomes for individuals, families and the community.

Grants Services Map

To assist organisations to see where services fit within the new programs, the Department developed the DSS Grants Services Map which illustrated the types of services and their place in the funding rounds that closed on 24 July. The Map is still available for information.

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