Current partnership Opportunities

The Victorian Government is seeking partners to help develop and implement interventions that tackle entrenched disadvantage.

Proposals will be sought to develop programs that improve education and engagement outcomes for:

  • vulnerable children aged 5–14 (or school years 1–10); and
  • disengaged youth aged 15–25 (youth who have left school early and are not engaged in training or in the labour force, and who are located within a geographic area associated with social and economic disadvantage).

The Victorian Government will undertake market sounding between 29 June and 13 July 2018.

Two information sessions have been scheduled during this period, which will be identical in content. Sessions will involve presentations and questions for approximately two hours, followed by light refreshments.

You can register for the sessions via the links below.

Presentations from the sessions will be uploaded to this webpage after they have occurred, including a summary of the Q&A session.

The Government will issue a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) on 16 July 2018 for two new programs to be implemented in 2019.

The policy areas of interest are detailed further in the Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage Statement of Intent.

An overview of the process

There are five key stages for Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage (PADs).

Market sounding

  • Feedback from the market sought on the preferred policy areas for the new partnerships and interest in participating.

Request for Proposals

  • Interested parties submit proposals


  • Government evaluates the proposals against the key selection criteria.

Joint Development Phase

  • Successful parties negotiate a detailed partnership proposal to be considered by Government.

Partnership Addressing Disadvantage

  • Negotiated and agreed partnerships implemented.

Market sounding

The purpose of this Statement of Intent is to seek feedback from the market on interest in partnerships relating to the two preferred policy areas.

Specifically, the Government is seeking views from the sector on barriers to participation and issues of uncertainty or ambiguity, and may reflect this feedback in the final RFP documentation.

The market sounding process will not inform proposal evaluation.

Request for Proposal

It is expected government will work with partners identified through this Request For Proposal (RFP) in 2018 and for the two new programs to be implemented in 2019.

Applicants should be aware of the impact of the 2018 Victorian State election on this initiative, as discussed in Section 3.4 of the Statement of Intent.


Once the RFP has closed, Government will evaluate the proposals submitted against the key selection criteria.

During this stage, the Government may seek clarification or further information from respondents regarding their proposals.

Once the formal evaluation is complete and the successful consortia announced, the Government and the preferred proponents will proceed to the Joint Development Phase (JDP).

Joint Development Phase (JDP)

The JDP will allow the successful parties and the Government to work together and negotiate the detailed proposal underpinning the PADs.

The proposal will proceed if it can be demonstrated to achieve positive outcomes for individuals participating in the intervention and value for money for government.

Implementation of Partnerships Addressing Disadvantages

After the JDP has concluded and the final partnership arrangements and interventions publicly announced, the negotiated PADs are able to be implemented and program service delivery formally commence.

Updates on the current round of partnerships

There are currently no updates for the current round of partnerships.

Probity advisor

A probity advisor has been appointed for the PADs initiative. The probity advisor’s details are provided below.

Contact name: Rory O’Connor
Organisation: O’Connor Marsden & Associates Pty Ltd
Telephone: 1300 882 633
Mobile: 0416 107 627


Reviewed 03/07/2018
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