Employment Services Procurement Information

The Department of Employment undertakes a range of procurement activities and manages grants processes for employment services.

Information about current activities is provided below.

Procurement exercise information will be available from 9:00 am on the day of release.

ParentsNext National Expansion – Discussion Paper

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program which connects parents of young children to services in their local community to help them plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age. The program aims to reduce welfare dependency and child poverty, and to increase female employment participation.

As announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the Government is investing $263 million in a national expansion of ParentsNext from 1 July 2018. A Discussion Paper is now open for comment from organisations and individuals.

Closing: Thursday 5 October 2017 at 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

Prison to Work — Employment Service Offer — Consultation

The Prison to Work – Employment Service Offer is a new program announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, as part of the Closing the Gap – Employment Services package to support progress on achieving parity in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The Prison to Work – Employment Service Offer will be implemented progressively from January 2018, subject to negotiations with the states and territories. Specialist organisations, which have experience with Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, will be engaged to provide services that are designed to assist Indigenous prisoners access the support they need on their release, better prepare them to find employment and reintegrate into the community.

Closed: Monday 28 August 2017 at 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

Employability Skills Training Panel

Panel members will develop and deliver training aimed at ensuring young people have the basic employability skills that Australian businesses need.

Employability Skills Training will be delivered by training organisations placed on the Employability Skills Training Panel.  These training organisations will have strong employer and industry links, and demonstrated expertise in working with young people to improve their employability. The training they deliver will be developed with industry to make young job seekers more competitive in the labour market.

Closed:  Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

Entrepreneurship Facilitators

As part of the Government’s Youth Employment Package, Entrepreneurship Facilitators will be engaged from December to provide practical support to help young Australians start their own small business. The facilitators will operate in three priority regions—Cairns, the Hunter (including Newcastle) and Launceston and North-East Tasmania—which are currently experiencing high levels of youth unemployment. The Department of Employment is seeking applications from organisations and individuals with strong relevant regional knowledge and a commitment to youth business development.

Closed:  Thursday 3 November 2016 at 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

Empowering YOUth Initiatives Round 2

Empowering YOUth Initiatives aim to help young people at risk of long-term unemployment to find and a keep a job.  A key part of the initiative is to find innovative approaches that have the greatest potential to improve employment outcomes for young people at risk of long-term unemployment with the aim of preventing long-term welfare dependency. The Department of Employment sought proposals for Round 2 of Empowering YOUth Initiatives (EYI).

Closed:  Friday 28 October 2016 at 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

For enquiries contact the Employment Services Hotline by telephone on 1300 733 514 or email (espurchasing@employment.gov.au).