Up to $50M is available from Try, Test and Learn (TTL) Fund Tranche 2 to fund small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence.
Try, Test and Learn (TTL) Fund Tranche 2
The Try, Test and Learn (TTL) Fund was announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget as an initial response to the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare. Tranche 2 of the Fund will finance small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence. Tranche 2 has four priority groups but also welcomes ideas to support other groups proposed (and appropriately justified) by applicants.
The priority groups comprise Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months); migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support; carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Payment; and at-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support.
The Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare was a recommendation of the 2015 review of Australia’s welfare system, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, led by Patrick McClure. It was established in 2015 by the Australian Department of Social Services and is underpinned by annual actuarial valuations of welfare payment data. The actuarial valuations estimate the future lifetime cost of welfare payments to the Australian population and groups within it.
The objectives of the Priority Investment Approach are to improve lifetime wellbeing by:
- increasing the capacity of individuals to participate in social and economic life and to live independently of welfare
- reducing the risk of welfare dependence
- reducing long-term social security costs in the interests of maintaining a sustainable support system for vulnerable Australians.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $79.6 million to finance projects over the four years of the Try, Test and Learn (TTL) Fund. There will be around $50 million available to support projects over the course of Tranche 2 of the Fund.
The Try, Test and Learn (TTL) Fund Tranche 2 can be used for grant activities agreed in the grant agreement.4 Tranche 2 grants will provide funding for co-development, that is brief stakeholder consultation to refine project
design, as well as the delivery of project trials. These stages will entail:
- Co-development. A brief consultative process to refine and optimise project design. The grantee will conduct collaborative activities with other stakeholders such as end users to make small adjustments to the project design to make the trial as efficient and effective as possible. The activities conducted will vary according to the nature and complexity of each project. They may be as simple as short workshops with end users for well-developed projects, or may entail several meetings with others such as community organisations, academics and government agencies.
- Delivery. The provision of services and supports to people at risk of long-term welfare dependence as part of a small-scale trial. Small scale means that the trials would generally run for six months up to two years with a budget less than $5 million. The services and supports offered may include, but are not limited to:
- structured programs (i.e. training, counselling and / or advocacy)
- apps or other technology solutions
- employer-side programs to develop job opportunities
- use of behavioural insights to improve existing programs
- conditionality or mutual obligation requirements (i.e. changes to the obligations that people need to meet to receive payments or Government services)
- other new or innovative approaches.
The grant can be used for the following grant activities6 in support of co-development or delivery, as negotiated under the grant agreement:
- staff salaries and on-costs which can be directly attributed to the provision of the grant activity in the identified service area or areas as per the grant agreement
- employee training for paid and unpaid staff including Committee and Board members that is relevant, appropriate and in line with the grant activity
- operating and administration expenses directly related to the project as per the grant agreement, such as:
- rent and outgoings
- computer / IT / website / software
- stationery and printing
- accounting and auditing
- domestic travel / accommodation costs
- assets as defined in the terms and conditions of the grant agreement that can be reasonably attributed to meeting agreement deliverables
- payment to subcontractors to perform eligible grant activities.
To be eligible to apply for a grant through this grant opportunity, you must:
- be one of the following entity types:
- Indigenous Corporation
- Incorporated Association
- Incorporated Trustee on behalf of a Trust (signed Trust Deeds must be provided)
- Local Government
- Partnership (signed Partnership Agreement must be provided)
- Sole Trader
- Statutory Entity
- Person have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to obtain one prior to execution of the Grant Agreement,
- be registered for the purposes of GST or be willing to register prior to execution of the Grant Agreement,
- be a permanent resident of Australia, and
- have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Applications close 28 September 2018.