Stakeholder engagement

Frequent and ongoing engagement with interested stakeholders is vital to achieving the aims of the Priority Investment Approach.

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

Upcoming stakeholder engagement activities:

Stakeholder engagement activities have included:

  • Information sessions for tranche 2, held in 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 to generate an innovative tranche 2 project targeting Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over.
  • 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.

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