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Chapter 1 - Planning

It is important that contracting and other funding takes place within a structured contract management system. A key part of this is planning. Government agencies need to be clear about:

  • Their overall objectives.
  • The means to achieve those objectives.
  • The population to which services are being supplied.
  • The nature of the organisation the agency is likely to be dealing with, and the relationship they have with the organisation. Is it a community organisation? A Maori organisation? A commercial firm?
  • The agency’s own contracting policies and capability.
  • How to secure accountability for public money.
  • The budget constraint the agency operates under, and is likely to operate under in the future.
  • Risk management.
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