The Commissioning NSW (previously Commissioning and Contestability Unit (CCU)) has been established in NSW Treasury as a centre of excellence to implement a whole-of-government approach to commissioning.  The Commissioning NSW supports the Premiers’ priority of improving government services.

The Commissioning NSW reports to the Treasurer and the Minister for Finance, Services and Property.


CCU reporting structure



CCU is responsible for:

  • the whole-of-government NSW Government Commissioning and Contestability Policy and Practice Guide
  • ensuring that agencies adhere to the requirements set out in the Policy
  • embedding commissioning as a new way of doing business across Government, and building on the significant reforms already underway
  • building and maintaining expert capability in commissioning, for agencies to draw on to provide specialist support and advice for the commissioning of services. The level of assistance provided by the CCU will vary according to agencies’ levels of relevant experience
  • partnering with agencies to deliver, co-lead or lead commissioning and contestability projects with accountabilities to be established on a case-by-case basis
  • working with agencies to identify services that would benefit from a commissioning approach
  • supporting the development of commissioning capability (including capturing lessons learnt) across the sector alongside the Public Service Commission
  • representing Treasury on governance committees for commissioning and/or contestability initiatives
  • reporting to Government on the state of commissioning and contestability activity across the sector.


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Last updated: 20/11/2020