How to qualify
To qualify there are two options:
- You must be a qualified non-government organisation (NGO). This means your business is independent from government and profits are reinvested in the business. You must not distribute profits to owners or members.
- You can be a for-profit organisation that sub-contracts health services that meet the health, welfare and social needs of individuals, families and communities.
Register to apply for tenders
Tenders are one way that NGOs can apply for and receive NSW Government funding, in addition to grants.
NSW Government uses the tender process for procuring goods and services. A tender helps suppliers to submit bids in a fair and orderly way, and for buyer agencies to compare competitive bids from prospective suppliers.
You can register as a new user on eTendering – the website where NSW Government agencies advertise tender opportunities.
If you apply for the NGO registration scheme for human services, you will only need to provide your information once. It will be available on each tender opportunity you apply for.
Responding to a tender
You can search current or proposed tenders on eTendering and apply for open tenders.
An open tender is one that is publicly accessible where any eligible prospective supplier can submit a bid.
If your application meets the criteria, you will need to sign a NSW Human Services Agreement and a Funding and Services Schedule.
If your application is unsuccessful, you can ask for feedback.
The Guide to the NSW human services agreement provides information and checklists to help you comply with your obligations.
Alternative contracting models
As an NGO business you may wish to sub-contract or be part of a consortium to provide human services. You can see a list of current NGO registered suppliers on eTendering.
- A guide to consortia for human services NGOs (PDF, 49KB)
- A guide to sub-contracting for human services NGOs (PDF, 48KB)
If you have any questions about providing services to NSW Government as an NGO, you can also contact the NSW Procurement service centre.