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Try, Test and Learn Fund (DSS)

Try, Test and Learn Fund

The Australian Government is continuing to finance innovative trials aimed at helping vulnerable groups of people move from welfare to work, through the $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund.

Tranche 2 of the fund continues to build on the success and learnings of the first tranche, which saw more than $23 million invested in 14 trial initiatives, by investing up to $50 million in trials to support new priority groups.  Migrants and refugees on a working age income support payment were identified as a priority group for tranche 2.

As at 30 June 2017 there were 299,400 migrants and refugees of working age who were on income support. While a large proportion of migrants and refugees successfully gain employment within the first few years of arrival, a small group continue to struggle due to barriers such as lack of skills recognition, language barriers and discrimination.

Individuals and organisations may submit proposals for tranche 2 of the fund until 28 September 2018.