Innovative ideas to help move people move from welfare to work will be supported by the Coalition Government through the $96 million Try, Test and Learn Fund.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Try, Test and Learn Fund would initially target and invest in groups of young people who were most at risk of long-term welfare dependency.
“The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, has called for new and forward looking ways to support people to have better lives through work and independence from the welfare system,” Senator Scullion said.
“We want to tap into the best that Australian ingenuity can offer so we can help people currently stuck in the welfare system to find, retain and flourish in long-term employment.
“Initially, our priority groups are young carers, young parents and young students at risk of long-term unemployment.
“The fund is about investing Government money to create opportunities and help people change their lives for the better.
“Anyone can contribute and proposals can be submitted using a simple online form on the Department of Social Services’ Engage website.
“Ideas will be published on DSS Engage for everyone to see, to encourage collaboration and innovation. People will have until mid-February to submit their ideas.”
A discussion forum will run alongside the ideas-generation phase to encourage people to share views about how to help people in priority groups through the Try, Test and Learn Fund.
The most promising ideas will be selected for development into possible policy initiatives, which will involve refinement and co-design of the idea in preparation for funding.
“By May 2017, the Government aims to have selected the first handful of successful ideas and be on the way to on-the-ground implementation,” Senator Scullion said.
More information about the Try, Test and Learn Fund and Priority Investment Approach is available on the Department of Social Services website: dss.gov.au/priority-investment-approach
To submit an idea for the Try Test and Learn Fund, visit: engage.dss.gov.au