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Delivery Partner – Climate Action Services

About the Program  

As part of Creative Australia’s multi-year investment program, we have introduced a new stream of investment – Delivery Partners – to support the provision of services to the arts and creative industries. 

Creative Australia’s Delivery Partners are entities which provide services for artists, creative workers, organisations and enterprises, and which benefit our creative ecology, communities and audiences. 

Delivery Partners have separate, service-based investment agreements with Creative Australia.  

This ensures that clear expectations with Delivery Partners are set regarding the main services they will offer, enabling us to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of investment in these services.  

A video recording of these guidelines and service delivery statements with Auslan interpretation and live captioning is available here.

Webinar

On Tuesday 11 June 2024, we held an open Q&A Session for this opportunity. You can view the recording here and below.

To respond to this Delivery Partner opportunity please ensure you refer to service delivery statement below. 

We strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss your proposal in the context of your circumstances. 

We also offer the following additional resources to these guidelines: 

  • frequently asked questions 
  • our  guide to preparing a business plan 

Delivery Partner proposals are reviewed and decided upon through a single stage process. 

Organisations are invited to apply for up to $200,000 per annum for a total of $800,000 over the four-year investment period.

Your Business Plan must cover the full four-year investment period of 2025-2028.  

Creative Australia invites organisations to submit a proposal to deliver national services that support a sustainable, climate responsive actions for the Australian arts sector and Australian communities.  

This provision of services can be delivered by a single organisation or by a consortium of organisations. Creative Australia is seeking proposals that respond to the below services evidencing: 

1.  how they will provide the services 

2. how the budget will be applied.  

If a consortium applies, we will require only one proposal be submitted from a nominated lead agency and that agency would agree to contract expertise to manage, collate or provide key elements (standards, website) and to service the devolvement of funds and manage data, acquittals and liaise with Creative Australia.  

Key information

Organisations responding to the open proposal request for the following services will need to address the approved Service Delivery Statement in their Business Plan. You can find the template here.

Organisations are invited to apply for up to $200,000 per annum for a total of $800,000 over the four-year investment period, 2025-28.

Aligning with pillars 2, 3 & 4 of the National Cultural Policy – A Place for Every Story; Centrality of the Artist; Strong Cultural Infrastructure.

Deliver the following national services to support a more sustainable, climate responsive Australian arts sector:

1. Industry resources

Develop, distribute, and support the maintenance of national resources and information that support climate action for the Australian artists, arts workers, and arts/cultural organisations.

Examples include:

  • Provide carbon accounting and carbon reduction information.
  • a services database
  • policies and principles templates
  • supporting resources

2. Connections between practitioners

Regularly coordinate and convene relevant stakeholders for sharing and collaboration, including but not limited to peak bodies, organisations and practitioners across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.

3. Advocacy

Promote the work of climate leadership and action led by organisations and individuals across the sector.

Provide holistic advocacy for the Australian arts sector (examples include response to government policy processes, responses to public consultation processes)

4. Leadership

The capacity to provide sector leadership to respond to high priority issues that may emerge and change across time.

Provide advice to artists to support their professional practice (examples include grant advice, general support for artists).

Keep alert and responsive to trends and industry disruption and development.

Who can submit a proposal 

Only organisations may apply to this category. A consortium of organisations may apply in certain circumstances, but the proposal must be funded and contracted through one member of the consortium. 

Creative Australia requires that organisations be registered under Australian law (for example, incorporated association or company limited by guarantee) or created by law (for example, a government statutory authority). 

  • Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply. 
  • Organisations that are registered as Trusts are not eligible to apply. 

Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status. 

Who can’t submit a proposal 

You can’t submit a proposal if: 

  • you have an overdue grant report 
  • you owe money to Creative Australia 
  • your organisation is not registered in Australia 
  • you are an individual or group 

What you can submit a proposal for 

  • activities that respond to the scope of the Delivery Partner service statement for the opportunity for which we are seeking proposals  

What you can’t submit a proposal for 

You can’t submit a proposal for the following activities: 

  • activities outside of the scope of the Delivery Partner service statement.  
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, arts professionals, audiences or communities 
  • activities that have already taken place 
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols. 

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the review process, or if approved, as a condition of our investment. 

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts 

All proposals involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their proposal and any supporting material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here. 

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework 

All approved proposals must comply with Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Delivery Partners who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. 

Proposals are reviewed by expert industry representatives called Industry Advisors. 

Industry Advisors are experts in their field with relevant experience and knowledge of an arts practice or sector. Industry Advisors will make recommendations for Creative Australia to consider when making the final decisions on which proposals to approve.  

  • Proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for us to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations.  
  • The Industry Advisors will review proposals under arts practice areas relevant to their knowledge and experience. 
  • Industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification. Further detail on Industry Advice can be found here. 

We will review your proposal against three selection criteria listed below. 

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what may be considered when reviewing your proposal. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed. 

First Criterion 

Quality 

We will review the quality of your organisation’s services, program and business plan. We may consider your organisation’s track record and vision to support: 

  • the potential quality of the services to be delivered as demonstrated in your response to the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the appropriateness of the submitted business plan as it relates to delivery of the services outlined in the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the diversity of stakeholders that may be involved in the delivery of services 
  • the diversity of stakeholders that may be beneficiaries of the services to be provided 

Second Criterion 

Viability 

We will review your organisation’s track record of delivery, and capacity to deliver its vision. We may consider: 

  • value for money as evidenced in your proposed business plan and budget to deliver the services outlined in the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the experience of the people leading and governing your organisation 
  • the financial health of your organisation, including the effective use of resources 
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding you generate and receive 
  • whether your work is supported by meaningful evaluation 
  • how you demonstrate cultural competencies and adherence to relevant cultural protocols, particularly if your organisation works with diverse artists, audiences or communities. Where relevant, evidence that the Protocols for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to 
  • factors that have impacted your organisation’s financial health, planning and priorities. 

You may wish to refer to our guide on Essential Governance Practices. 

Third Criterion 

Alignment 

We will review how your organisation’s vision and business plan align with one or more of the strategic objectives in the current Creative Australia  Corporate Plan  2022-2026. The objectives are: 

  • Australians are transformed by arts and creativity: We will enable more opportunities for Australians to be captivated by, and inspired through, experiencing arts and culture. 
  • Our arts reflect us: We will support equity of opportunity and access in our creative expression, workforce, leaders and audiences. 
  • First Nations arts and culture are cherished: We will build on our long term commitment to First Nations arts and culture, recognising the importance of First Nations peoples’ self-determination, cultural authority and leadership to our collective prosperity. 
  • Arts and creativity are thriving: We will support the best circumstances for a thriving arts sector. 
  • Arts and creativity are valued: We will increase awareness of the value of public investment in arts and creativity. 

Delivery Partner proposals must be submitted through our application management system by the advertised closing date: Tuesday 6 August at 3pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 

To receive access the proposal form in our application management system please contact a member of our Multi-Year Investment Team: myi@creative.gov.au 

In the proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information: 

  • the annual and total amount of investment as directed by Creative Australia for the Delivery Partner opportunity. 
  • a brief summary of your organisation or consortium of organisations, including an outline of your core activity and the role you play in the arts sector (approx. 500 words) 
  • a list of key staff in your organisation, with information on their demographic attributes roles and tenure 
  • the members of your Board or governing committee (to whom the head of your organisation reports), with information on their demographic attributes, length of service and the structure and composition of the Board 
  • whether you report your financial information on a calendar or financial year basis 
  • a summary of your audited financial information for each of the previous two years, including assets, liabilities, total income and total expenditure* 
  • projected high level income and expenditure for each year of the funding period offered through the Delivery Partner opportunity. 

*Organisations who report on a calendar year basis: 2022 and 2023. Organisations who report on a financial year basis: 2021/22 and 2022/23 

You will be asked to provide the following support material: 

1. Delivery Partner support material  

  • Please provide up to 3 URLs (weblinks) that best demonstrate your organisation’s activity as it relates this Delivery Partner proposal. These URLS may include video, audio, images, audio and written material.  

2. Audited accounts or equivalent  

Please upload your latest two years of your audited accounts or equivalent. 

  • Audited Accounts 2022 (or equivalent) 
  • Audited Accounts 2023 (or equivalent) 

 3. Business Plan 

  • A business plan that details how you will realise the deliverables related to this Delivery Partner proposal. Please click this link for guidance on a Business Plan. This can be uploaded as a written document (Word, PDF). The plan should be no more than 20 pages. You can find a Business Plan template here. 

Reporting requirements for approved Delivery Partners 

Organisations that are approved as Delivery Partner for Creative Australia should be aware of the reporting requirements associated with this investment. These requirements are not negotiable and will be part of the conditions of the funding agreement, so be sure to include the resources required to do so in your future budget projections. 

Payments to organisations in receipt of a Delivery Partner Investment are dependent on the provision to Creative Australia of financial reporting three times a year, as well as annual reports against Key Performance Indicators and on statistical information relating to the delivery of services. 

You must provide your organisation’s annual financial statements audited in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards by an Approved Auditor, and discloses separately the Delivery Partner funding as both income or unexpended grants. An Approved Auditor means a person who is: (a) registered as a company auditor under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or of CPA Australia or the National Institute of Accountants; and (b) not a principal, member, shareholder, officer or employee of the Organisation or of a related body corporate as defined in Section 50 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). 

Data and outcomes reporting provides Creative Australia with valuable information to monitor the performance and activity of each organisation and ensures accountability for the investment of public funds. It also informs research and communication by Creative Australia, allowing us to demonstrate the impact of our funded organisations. 

Frequently asked questions

Information on the proposal process and key dates is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and is available on our website.

Information on the proposal process and key dates is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and is available on our website.

Yes, all proposals will need a Business Plan submitted. A template for this Business Plan is available within the proposal form in FLUXX and here.

In the proposal form we have requested information on the demographic characteristics and tenure of key staff and Board members. This assists in our review of applications to understand the diversity and experience of key staff and Board members. This is in alignment with our corporate objective that Australian arts organisations reflect the communities which they serve.

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy. 

You need a director identification number (director ID) if you’re a director of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation. Refer to the ABRS websitefor detailed information on why this is required. 

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy. 

In the proposal form we have included a section regarding a remuneration fee matrix.  information. This matrix is to assist us to clearly see remuneration (excluding superannuation) of people working directly on the Delivery Partnership activity. 

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy.

For the purposes of this matrix, please gross-up any part-time remuneration to the full-time equivalent amount. The Casual Hourly rate should be inclusive of loading.  

Types of organisations we can support include incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee or government statutory authorities. Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.

Proposals can also be accepted from consortiums if the lead organisation is an incorporated association, company limited by guarantee or government statutory authority.

No, only organisations that are registered under Australian law can apply. Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website.

Yes, if you can demonstrate that: 

  • the investment will support activities that address the service needs specified 
  • there is a compelling financial rationale for subsidising these activities 
  • none of Creative Australia’s investment will be distributed to shareholders or directors. 

Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website. 

Yes, multi-year investment organisations are eligible to apply and must demonstrate that: 

  • the investment will support activities that address the service needs specified 
  • these services are distinct from your funded core activity 
  • As a multi-year investment organisation, you may be not eligible to apply for the Arts Projects for Organisations category. Eligibility will be determined based on the level of annual investment you receive.  
  • Other proposals you submit to Creative Australia will need to demonstrate the activities are outside the scope of your Delivery Partner Investment proposal or agreement. 
  • Eligibility for other investment opportunities will be published in the guidelines for each program. 

Yes. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation generates diverse income streams; however, those income streams can come from any source.

Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website.

Trustee companies and Trusts are not eligible to apply.

We will accept your eligibility to submit an application based on your intention to change the company structure prior to receiving our investment.

If you have an overdue acquittal or outstanding reporting with us, you are ineligible to submit a proposal.

Yes, if your organisation is registered under, or by, Australian law. If you do not have a board or governing committee, you will need to explain what mechanisms you do have in place to oversee the effective management and sustainability of your organisation.

Information on the funding level is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and can be found in the relevant service delivery statement available on our website.

Organisations that have proposals approved may be offered an investment amount lower than what was requested.

Delivery Partners proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations to Creative Australia. If approved, the Delivery Partner will enter into a negotiated investment agreement with Creative Australia. This agreement will include key performance indicators that measure the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.

Proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for Creative Australia to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations. The Industry Advisors will review proposals relevant to their knowledge and experience.

The full list of Industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification.

Further detail on Industry Advice is available in the guidelines on Creative Australia website.

Industry Advisors will be people with relevant experience and knowledge.

We are using the Industry Advisor method of review so that we can take account of the recommendations of experts in the industry while also taking a strategic overview of the entire national landscape. Industry Advisors will make recommendations after reviewing proposals within an arts practice area. Creative Australia will then consider their recommendations within the context of a national investment portfolio.

Industry Advice involves a significant process of review, commentary, and deliberation by external experts. However, it also involves Creative Australia staff allowing for greater strategic oversight and capacity to shape the investment portfolio to meet the needs of the entire sector.

To ensure that our investment in the national landscape is effective, we need to take into consideration a range of investments including state and territory investments, the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF), Visual Arts, Craft and Design Framework (VACDF) and Four-Year Investment for Organisations (FYIO).

Importantly, this model of review and decision-making remains at arm’s length from government.

The proposal requires you to supply: 

  • projected high level income and expenditure for each financial year of the investment period, i.e., 2025/26, 2026/27, 2027/28, 2028/29. 
  • The latest two years of your audited accounts (or equivalent), i.e., 2021/22, 2022/23  

The proposal requires you to supply: 

  • projected high level income and expenditure for the next four years, i.e., 2025, 2026, 2027 & 2028 
  • The latest two years of your audited accounts (or equivalent), i.e., 2022, 2023  

Yes. However, to be competitive, you will need to demonstrate your organisational capacity and viability. Factors that will strengthen your organisation’s capacity and viability include confirmed future funding and the track record of your key staff and board.

Yes, please be sure to include the relevant support material and data with your proposal, so Industry Advisors can assess your proposal.

You can use the certified accounts that you do produce to complete the financial data in the proposal, and you can attach these accounts as support material.

If you are approved for Delivery Partner Investment you will be required to provide us with accounts verified by an external certified accountant as part of your regular reporting, so be sure to include the resources required to do so your future budget projections.

No late support material may be submitted.

The only support material we will accept after the closing date is audited accounts for the most recent financial year.

If you need to submit these accounts after the closing date, please send them to myi@creative.gov.au. Be sure to include your proposal reference number in the email.

Please note: late support material is not distributed to Industry Advisors with your proposal. We make a note of it on file and bring it to the attention of Industry Advisors at our discretion.

Although letters of support are not specifically requested, you may supply them if you wish. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. We encourage you to use one of the three URLs allocated for further Support Material to supply letters of support, but if you prefer you can upload a PDF document in the ‘uploaded support material’ section of the online form instead.

You will not be penalised for providing additional support material beyond the recommended limit of 3 URLs, but we do advise against overwhelming the assessors with material. Make the selection that best demonstrates the quality of your organisation’s artistic output.

Your Business Plan should address how your organisation plans to deliver the services and cover all of the investment period outlined in the relevant service delivery statement.

Please upload your Business Plan with your support material. A template for this Business Plan is available here and within the proposal form.