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.