Release type: Joint Media Release


New Transition to Work service


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania
The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment


Addressing youth unemployment will receive an enhanced focus through the Government’s new Transition to Work service for young job seekers.


The Transition to Work service is part of the Government’s $331 million Youth Employment Strategy announced in the Budget.


Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz said the Government is actively working to reduce the unacceptably high rate of youth unemployment inherited from the previous Government.


“We are working every day to create the conditions that grow jobs by strengthening the economy; abolishing the carbon and mining taxes, cutting red and green tape, investing in infrastructure and negotiating Free Trade Agreements,” Senator Abetz said.


“These measures will grow jobs and measures such as the Transition to Work service will help more young people at risk of long term unemployment to move into work or education.”


Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker MP said the release today of the Exposure Draft of the Request for Proposal for Transition to Work would help organisations interested in delivering this new service.


“The Exposure Draft outlines how the new model will work and the Government’s approach to selecting organisations to deliver the service,” Mr Hartsuyker said.


“The Government recognises that young people who leave school early are most at risk of long term unemployment and they need more support than other job seekers to move into work or re-engage with education.


“For this reason, the new model provides a significant upfront payment to ensure these young job seekers receive the intensive support they need so they can find and keep a job.


“In return for the upfront investment, Transition to Work providers will be required to achieve a minimum number of 12 week outcomes for young job seekers each year in their employment region.”


Mr Hartsuyker said there would be two additional payments to encourage strong performance amongst providers. The first is a bonus payment for every 12 week outcome achieved above the performance target and the second is for every 26 week employment outcome achieved.


“The Government considers that this arrangement will minimise red tape and administration for providers while also ensuring a strong focus on outcomes and value for taxpayers’ money.”


Mr Hartsuyker said the Government is particularly keen to encourage partnerships and consortia arrangements amongst interested organisations as a way of increasing options for young people, particularly in regional locations.


In coming months the Department of Employment will conduct a competitive selection process for this new service.


Organisations will be selected on the basis of their track record in helping young people into work, the quality of their plans to deliver the new service and the strength of their networks with local employers, schools and other community organisations.


Organisations are invited to provide feedback now on the proposed model to help inform its final design.


Details on where to find the Exposure Draft and the consultation process are provided in the attachment to this release.




Exposure Draft of the Request for Proposal for Transition to Work 2016-20


The Exposure Draft of the Request for Proposal for Transition to Work 2016-20 is available on the Austender website at  This document sets out in full the details of the new service and the proposed selection process and criteria.


To access the document you need to register with Austender. 


Organisations are encouraged to use this document for the purpose of providing feedback. Comments on the proposed approach are sought by 6 October 2015.


Details on how to provide feedback are included in the document.



Summary of the key features of Transition to Work service


A high-level summary of the proposed model and purchasing approach is available at



Information sessions


The Department of Employment will hold information sessions for the Transition to Work programme in a number of capital cities in September 2015. There will also be two webinar sessions available for those who are unable to attend in person.


To register to attend an information session visit: