Partnering protocol

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Overview

The Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership (WCFP) is a voluntary alliance of organisations including the City of Whittlesea, State and Federal Government Departments, Human Service Organisations, and Community Based Organisations working together with shared commitment and goals for the benefit of the City of Whittlesea's communities.

All member agencies of the WCF's Partnership recognise the strength and value of an effective partnership in contributing to the improvement of the well-being of the City of Whittlesea's communities and are fully and truly committed to working in partnership for the wider benefit of the City of Whittlesea's communities.

Purpose of the WCF Partnership protocol

This protocol promotes a set of principles for the member agencies of WCF partnership to consider and follow wherever appropriate.

This set of principles should be seen in the spirit of cooperation of the WCF Partnership and commitment to the City of Whittlesea's community.

The member agencies of the WCF Partnership acknowledge and agree that this Protocol is not intended to create legal obligations between the parties to the partnership and is not intended to impose its principles on any of the agencies but rather is intended to create and nurture a culture of cooperation and positive working relationship between the member agencies of the WCF Partnership in matters related to the well-being of the City of Whittlesea communities.

This protocol underpins the partnership principles of the WCF Partnership and its clusters.

Vision of the Whittlesea Community Futures Partnership

The vision statement of the WCF Partnership is 'A connected and inclusive community that shapes its own future'.

In realizing its vision the WCF Partnership will focus on key strategic areas which are Family and Children, Youth, Positive Ageing, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities.

In order to deliver key outcomes for the community in these strategic areas the WCF Partnership has established 'clusters' as sub sets of the WCF Partnership for each of this area.

The 'WCF Human Services Strategy 2011-2016' will be the strategic document of the WCF Partnership and its clusters in its way forward in realizing the vision of the Partnership.

Fundamental Principles of the WCF Partnership

A successful partnership requires a spirit of cooperation and commitment based on the following fundamental principles:

  • Understanding and respect for the specific roles and responsibilities and legislative requirements of each party as an individual entity;
  • Shared focus on outcomes and commitment to the local communities;
  • Active and equal participation of all parties of the Partnership;
  • Open communication;
  • Willingness for collaboration in the best interest of the City of Whittlesea community at large.

By virtue of being a member of the WCF Partnership, agencies commit themselves to these fundamental principles.

Partnership Action Principles of the WCF Partnership

The following partnership action principles of WCF partnership are envisaged to create and foster a culture of collaboration and positive working relationship between the member agencies of the WCF Partnership.

The WCF Partnership requests all agencies to put the community first and strongly supports and encourages all member agencies to follow these partnership action principles wherever appropriate and possible.

While the WCF Partnership promotes these partnership action principles it acknowledges that this might not be possible in all circumstances.

Priority for member agencies of the WCF Partnership in partnership initiatives:

  • The WCF Partnership will give first priority for its member agencies in all its partnership initiatives.
  • Where possible and appropriate, within the scope of their own agencies legislative and procurement regulations, member agencies of the WCF Partnership will give priority to other members when initiating partnership actions and projects within the City of Whittlesea.
  • Where there is an absence of necessary expertise within the WCF Partnership, the WCF Partnership and the member agencies may partner with other agencies and in such circumstances the WCF Partnership and the member agency will encourage the non-member agency to become a member of the WCF Partnership.

Collaborative approach in securing funding resources:

  • The WCF Partnership and its member agencies will take a collaborative approach rather than a competitive approach in securing funding resources for initiatives in the City of Whittlesea, in the best interest of the community at large.
  • In the event of a potential funding opportunity becoming available, the member agencies of the WCF Partnership will have an open dialogue regarding the opportunity within the WCF partnership or in its clusters, as appropriate, and will make an effort to take a collaborative partnership approach towards it.
  • Where ever possible and wherever appropriate the WCF Partnership may support the efforts of the member agencies of WCF Partnership to secure additional resources for initiatives within the City of Whittlesea.

Meeting human services gaps in the City of Whittlesea:

  • The WCF Partnership will endeavour to strengthen the capacity of the member agencies of the WCF Partnership to meet the service demand and gaps.
  • In the event of an identified service gap cannot be filled in by member agencies of the WCF Partnership, the WCF partnership will play a proactive role to attract new human services agencies to fill in the service void.
  • The WCF Partnership will take a proactive approach with member agencies and non-member agencies to circumvent unwarranted service duplication.
  • The WCF Partnership will play a proactive role in providing information about identified community needs and gaps and an overview of the Municipal human services environment to member and non-member agencies of the WCF Partnership.

Managing Differences:

  • The member agencies agree to work constructively in the spirit of goodwill and true partnership, in realizing the vision of the WCF Partnership and in the best interest of the City of Whittlesea community.
  • The Protocol also recognises that all member agencies of the WCF Partnership are governed by their own legislations and regulations and have their own mechanisms for dispute resolution.
  • In the event of a difference of opinion between the member agencies of the WCF partnership that may arise from actions related to the WCF Partnership, the WCF Partnership Chairperson may play a mediator role and will take a consensus approach to the dispute, if approached by a party to the conflict.

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