Department of Social Services

Department of Social Services (DSS), using insights from the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare, has developed the $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund to support trials of new or innovative policy responses to help people live independently of welfare. This $96.1 million fund is unlike standard Government funding. It is driven by an outcome focused, participatory approach to policy development that identifies ways to help people at risk of long-term reliance on welfare move towards stable and sustainable employment. Over the last two years, Right Lane has worked closely with DSS and twelve not-for-profit organisations to co-develop the program logic, delivery models project plans, and business cases for these innovative approaches to addressing welfare dependence in participant cohorts as diverse as children of prisoners, unemployed people over 50 and young Aboriginal people who lack a cultural connection to community.