The Australian Government will ensure that the process for providing funding under the Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide initiative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples component is transparent and in accordance with published Guidelines.

Note: Guidelines may be varied from time-to-time by the Australian Government as the needs of the program dictate. Amended Guidelines will be published on the Department's website.

3.1. Conflict of interest

A conflict of interest may exist, for example, if the applicant or any of its personnel:
  • Has a relationship (whether professional, commercial or personal) with a party who is able to influence the application assessment process, such as a Department staff member;

  • Has a relationship with, or interest in, an organisation, which is likely to interfere with or restrict the applicant in carrying out the proposed activities fairly and independently; or

  • Has a relationship with, or interest in, an organisation from which they will receive personal gain as a result of the granting of funding under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander component of the Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide initiative.
Each applicant will be required to declare as part of their application, existing conflicts of interest or that to the best of their knowledge there is no conflict of interest, including in relation to the examples above, that would impact on or prevent the applicant from proceeding with the project or any funding agreement it may enter into with the Australian Government.

Where an applicant subsequently identifies that an actual, apparent, or potential conflict of interest exists or might arise in relation to this application for funding, the applicant must inform the Department in writing immediately.

The department will ensure that all members of the Assessment Panel will be required to provide a statement detailing any relationship they may have with applicants. All panel members will be required to sign a Deed of Confidentiality-Conflict of Interest form.
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3.2. Confidentiality and protection of personal information

Each applicant will be required to declare as part of their application, their ability to comply with the following Legislation/Clauses in the funding agreement it may enter into with the Australian Government.

The Protection of Personal Information Clause requires the Participant to:
  • comply with the Privacy Act (1988) ('the Privacy Act'), including the 11 Information Privacy Principles (IPPs), as if it were an agency under the Privacy Act, and the National Privacy Principles (NPPs);

  • refrain from engaging in direct marketing (s 16F of the Privacy Act), to the extent that the NPP and/or s 16F apply to the Participant; and

  • impose the same privacy obligations on any subcontractors it engages to assist with the Project.
The Confidentiality Clause imposes obligations on the Participant with respect to special categories of information collected, created or held under the Agreement. The Participant is required to seek the Commonwealth's consent in writing before disclosing Confidential Information.

Further information can be found in the Standard Form Funding Agreement available at Attachment A or the Deed for Multi Project Funding.
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