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Investments underway

Partnerships Addressing Disadvantage (PADs) builds on the Social Impact Bonds Pilot program, which has supported the development of two innovative and evidence-based programs being implemented by three leading service providers in Victoria.

These programs aim to significantly improve outcomes for:

  • people experiencing chronic homelessness (Journey to Social Inclusion)
  • young people transitioning from care to independent living (COMPASS)
  • young people living with a mental health condition that are disengaged from traditional schooling (Living Learning)
  • primary school students, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, who have poor school attendance and are underachieving academically (Side by Side).

A summary of each of the programs is provided below.

Journey to Social Inclusion social impact investment (J2SI SII)

Delivered by Sacred Heart Mission, Journey to Social Inclusion will provide intensive case management, supplemented by rapid access to stable housing, for clients who are chronically homeless.

The J2SI SII commenced delivering services on 1 August 2018.

For more information, please visit the Sacred Heart Mission website.

COMPASS social impact bond (COMPASS)

Delivered by Anglicare Victoria and VincentCare, COMPASS is a preventative program that provides care leavers with two years of access to housing, a key worker to navigate the system, an education specialist, and specialist support services.

COMPASS commenced delivering services on 22 October 2018.

For more information, visit the COMPASS website.

Living Learning

Delivered by Melbourne City Mission, Living Learning provides three years of education and wraparound mental health support for young people aged 15 to 21 who are disengaged from employment, education and training and who have a mental health condition.

Living Learning commenced delivering services in January 2021.

For more information, please visit the Melbourne City Mission website.

Side by Side

Delivered by Berry Street and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Side by Side provides student and family support for primary school students, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as training for schools to improve school culture and inclusiveness.

Side by Side commenced delivering services in January 2021.

For more information, please visit the Berry Street website.

Further information

Please email pads@dtf.vic.gov.au for any additional information.

Reviewed 15/11/2021
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