Commonwealth HACC Program Guidelines 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2015

4.2 - Eligibility criteria

Page last updated: 07 February 2013

4.2.1 Eligible applicants

Eligibility of applicants will depend on the type of funding process and this will be identified in the application kit. The department may specify, for example, that only existing service providers (i.e., funding recipients - entities that are currently funded under the Commonwealth HACC Program) are eligible to apply for certain activities or funding processes.

In all processes, for legal and accountability reasons, all applicants must be an incorporated entity to be eligible for funding. Incorporated entities include:
  • incorporated associations (incorporated under state or territory legislation, commonly have 'Association' or 'Incorporated' or 'Inc' in their legal name)
  • incorporated cooperatives (also incorporated under state or territory legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative' in their legal name)
  • companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be not-for-profit or for-profit proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or public companies)
  • aboriginal corporations (incorporated under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 and administered by the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations; Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976)
  • organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state or territory legislation (many public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc)
  • trustees on behalf of a trust
  • Australian local governments
  • Australian state or territory governments.
However, where there is no suitable alternative, the department may also consider:
  • an individual or - jointly and separately – individuals
  • partnerships
  • unincorporated entities,
and the department will specify whether these entities will be eligible for funding in the relevant application kit.

The department will not enter into contractual arrangements under the Commonwealth HACC Program with a consortium. Refer to section 1.3.3 for further information.

Australian state or territory governments are not eligible for funding for capital activities under the Commonwealth HACC Program.

4.2.2. Other relevant eligibility considerations

Applications may be considered ineligible if:
  • the proposal does not fit within the description of the activity set out in the relevant attachment or the priorities for the activity or the objectives of the Commonwealth HACC Program
  • the proposal has already commenced
  • the proposal has been or could be funded through another program or one of the department’s flexible funds
  • the application does not meet the requirements set out in these guidelines.
Other relevant eligibility criteria may depend on the type of funding process and will be identified in the application kit. Examples of these criteria are set out in the attachments.

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