Stakeholder engagement

Frequent and ongoing engagement with interested stakeholders was a vital component of the Try, Test and Learn Fund.

State and territory governments, the community sector, academics, business, social entrepreneurs, and people who receive welfare payments all had important contributions to make to the Try, Test and Learn Fund.

Stakeholder engagement activities included:

  • Information sessions for tranche two, held in Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Dubbo (June 2018), Western Sydney (May 2018), Canberra, Perth (April 2018), Bendigo, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs (March 2018), Townsville, Brisbane, Adelaide, Launceston (February 2018), Hobart (January 2018), and Sydney (December 2017).
  • An Ideas Exchange in Burnie on 27 and 28 March 2018. An overview of the process and outcomes of this workshop is available.
  • A Policy Hack in Melbourne on 10 February 2017 to help inform ideas for the first tranche. More information on the Hack is available on DSS Engage.
  • Consultation with State and Territory Government Departments (October 2016).
  • A consultative design workshop for the Try, Test and Learn Fund (October 2016). An overview of the outcomes of this workshop is available.

We also provided newsletter updates through our mailing list. Interested stakeholders were encouraged to subscribe to the mailing list to get the most up-to-date information on the Try, Test and Learn Fund. Editions of the stakeholder newsletter are available below.

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