Frequently Asked Questions for the six flexible Fund grant rounds

Answers to questions asked by applicants for flexible funds from the Department of Health

Page last updated: 03 May 2012

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How do I know if my application has been successful?

On 1 May 2012, letters were sent to all applicants on the outcomes of the assessment process. That correspondence indicated whether you were invited to enter into contract negotiations with the Department, or whether your application was unsuccessful in this instance.

I have been advised that my application has been shortlisted for contract negotiations, what happens next?

Correspondence to shortlisted applicants sets out the next steps for the funding agreement negotiations.

Funding agreement negotiations will cover matters such as project deliverables, timing and budget, which will form the basis of the Schedule to the funding agreement. Amendments to the terms and conditions of the funding agreement will only be permitted if requested in the funding application.

Funding may commence to successful applicants from 2011-12 through to 2014-15. The first payment of funding to the majority of successful Applicants commenced in July 2012.

I have received a letter advising that my application has been shortlisted for contract negotiations. Does that mean that I will automatically receive the funding I requested?

Funding is contingent on successful negotiation and execution of a funding agreement with the Department. In the negotiations, the Department may seek to negotiate a different amount of funding to that requested in your application.

This may occur for a variety of reasons. For example, you may be offered a different amount of funding than you requested or if you sought funding for something that was ineligible under the Fund (e.g. under some Funds, the purchase of vehicles, or capital costs are ineligible for funding); and/ or for activities funded under another funding source; and/ or where the scope of the project activity will form part of the contract negotiations.

Any variations between the amount of funding that you sought and the amount that you are offered will be explained as part of the funding agreement negotiation process.

I currently receive funding from the Department and I have been advised that my application was unsuccessful, what does this mean for me?

Funding agreements with the Department are based on deliverables and are for a specific period of time. All existing funding recipients who were unsuccessful in the current grant rounds have been advised of that outcome and allowed sufficient time to complete current projects within the Project Period as specified in your contract with the Commonwealth.

I currently receive funding from the Department and I did not submit an application under a flexible Fund for continuing support for this project. My funding agreement is due to expire shortly, what does this mean for me?

Funding agreements with the Department are based on deliverables and are for a specific period of time. If you have not applied for funding under a flexible Fund to continue support for an existing project and your contract is due to expire soon, the current projects under your existing funding arrangement will need to be completed within the Project Period as specified in your contract with the Commonwealth.

I have been advised that my application was unsuccessful. Can I get feedback on my application?

Feedback will be available to all unsuccessful applicants. The process for obtaining feedback is set out on each Fund’s webpage.

Will there be an opportunity to apply for funding again?

The flexible Funds cover a broad range of activities targeted at building the capacity of the health sector to deliver improved health outcomes for Australians. Funding availability varies across Funds. Details of future funding opportunities will be advertised on the Department’s website and may be contained within the guidelines for a particular Fund.

Can I find out who was successful under the process?

Following the conclusion of the negotiation and execution of funding agreements with successful applicants, information on the individual grants awarded will be published on the Department’s website within seven days after the funding agreement for the grant takes effect.