How we handle contracting complaints
Last published 30 Jul 2019
The process we follow when handling contracting complaints made about us or about a service provider funded by us.
Our complaint handling standards
Our Complaints and Feedback Management Policy identifies the legislation we are required to adhere to when handling complaints, and highlights our commitment to implementing a principle-based approach to complaint handling.
Support and assistance
For questions or assistance with any aspect of our process for managing contracting complaints, please contact your assigned contract manager.
Principles for effective complaint handling
For the purposes of handling contracting complaints, we have adopted the policy’s principles as follows:
We will treat service providers in a fair, objective and unbiased manner. We will ensure that no unfair treatment comes from making a contracting complaint.
Information and accessibility
We will make it easy to make a contracting complaint to us.
We will acknowledge receipt, provide updates of progress, and clearly communicate review outcomes and decisions.
We will notify the complainant of who will be dealing with their complaint.
We will aim to resolve complaints quickly and, where possible, locally with our contract managers.
We will provide reasons for our decisions and let you know how to escalate.
Timeframes for handling complaints
We aim to deal with complaints within 25 business days:
- acknowledge complaints within 5 business days
- resolve or close complaints within 25 business days of receiving the complaint
- if unable to resolve or close a complaint within 25 business days, notify the complainant of the reasons and give them updates of our progress.
These timeframes are based on the NSW Ombudsman’s best-practice guidelines. However, contracting complaints may require longer than 25 business days to resolve.
We accept anonymous complaints. However, we may find it difficult to thoroughly assess and respond to a matter if there is insufficient detail. In this circumstance we:
- will not be able to communicate with the complainant to acknowledge receipt of the complaint or obtain further information
- may not be able to investigate the complaint or may not be able to investigate it as thoroughly
- will not be able to report the outcome to the complainant.