Employment Services Purchasing Information

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

Information about current activities is provided below.

Purchasing exercise information will be available from 9.00 am on the day of release.

Request for Tender for ParentsNext 2018–2021 — Applications now open

The Request for Tender is now open for organisations to apply to deliver ParentsNext 2018–2021.

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program that aims to help parents with young children to plan and prepare for employment once their youngest child reaches school age. It has been operating in ten locations across Australia since April 2016. It has engaged thousands of parents and had a positive impact on their lives and those of their young children.

ParentsNext is expanding to provide national coverage in all non-remote regions of Australia. The program will be delivered in two streams – an Intensive Stream and a Targeted Stream. The Intensive Stream will operate in 30 locations identified as having a high level of disadvantage and/or a high proportion of Indigenous parents. The Targeted Stream will operate in all non-remote regions excluding Intensive Stream locations.

The Department is seeking suitably qualified organisations to deliver ParentsNext from July 2018. Respondents will need to demonstrate their experience to successfully deliver services that meet the needs of parents, especially Indigenous parents, in their local communities.

Applications close Monday 18 December 5.00 pm (Canberra time)

Request for Tender for the Time to Work Employment Service 2018–2021

Applications for the Request for Tender for the Time to Work Employment Service 2018–2021 are now closed.

The Time to Work Employment Service is a new employment service targeted at sentenced adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners. The program will offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with assistance to transition from prison to employment by preparing them for employment post-release.

The Department is seeking suitably qualified providers to deliver the service in adult prisons in non-remote regions. Providers can tender for one or more prisons. All prisons in Australia will have the opportunity to benefit from this offer—remote regions will be the subject of a separate purchasing exercise. Applications for the Request for Tender for the Time to Work Employment Service 2018–2021 are now closed.

Closed: Monday 6 November 2017 at 12.00 noon (Canberra time)

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. Submissions for the discussion paper are now closed.

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

Prison to Work — Employment Service Offer — Consultation Paper

The Prison to Work – Employment Service Offer, subsequently renamed to the Time to Work Employment Service, 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)

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