In keeping with community expectations to ensure that services meet appropriate standards, the Department of Education and Training (the Department) has begun to use the Funded Organisation Performance Monitoring Framework (FOPMF) to monitor service agreement compliance.
The FOPMF consists of a series of questions relating to governance, service delivery and financial management. If an issue is identified, Departmental staff will work with you to assess the risk of that issue and support your organisation to work through remedial actions.
The FOPMF will strengthen processes and consistency of monitoring organisations that are funded by the Department across the state. It will allow for early identification of issues, and provide the opportunity for more support to funded services to meet compliance and improve performance.
Which organisations will be affected?
The framework will be used to monitor all organisations funded through a Service Agreement with the Department to provide early childhood education and care services, excluding hospitals, universities and TAFEs.
The FOPMF will be phased in, applying to a small number of organisations this calendar year, increasing over 2019 to encompass all organisations.
What does that mean for your organisation?
You may be contacted to request a meeting, or you may notice the inclusion of additional topics for discussion in your regular meetings that departmental staff are now required to ask.
Regularly meeting to discuss governance, service delivery and financial management will assist the Department to better support compliance with Service Agreements and strengthen the relationship between service providers and the Department.
What do you need to do?
There is no requirement for you to take action at this stage. Departmental staff will contact you to schedule a meeting when your organisation’s monitoring is transitioned over to the FOPMF.
Further information on the FOPMF is available via the Funded Agency Channel. The FOPMF is also set out in your Service Agreement Information Kit which is available as part of your Service Agreement.
If you have any questions, please contact your Departmental contact allocated to monitoring your organisations Service Agreement.