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The firm was considered to have excellent skills and the technical proposal from the firm indicated good understanding of the local economy and sound technical expertise. The proposal also involved drawing staff from the modelling area of Monash University, the academic institution that is renowned for leading the development of such models (commonly referred to as the ‘Monash Model’).

Engagement of academics was also considered to provide better value for money, as they are cheaper than the higher cost traditional consultancy firms.

(2) Treasury has met the requirements of the Legislation. Under subsection 10 of Part 2 of the Government Procurement Regulation 2007 the Under Treasurer may exempt Treasury from undertaking the process mentioned in subsection 9 of Part 2. Given the unique skills and experience of the firm, Treasury considered that proceeding to a public tender would not deliver a different outcome; rather, it would add to costs and time.

A single select procurement process was therefore undertaken.

(3) Yes.

Youth—transition workers
(Question No 2316)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 3 May 2012 (redirected to the Minister for Community Services):

(1) How many young people on Care and Protection Orders have the Transitions Unit worked with since January 2012.

(2) Have the two transitions workers who are to be employed by the non-government sector begun providing service yet; if so, which organisation is delivering these services; if not, how does the Minister plan to procure these positions and when does he expect these positions to begin work.

(3) How will the work of the Transitions Unit be evaluated and the outcomes of the evaluation made public.

(4) Does the Case Conference Team still exist within Care and Protection Services; if so, what is their role now; if not, where have the savings incurred been allocated.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Youth Support and Transition Team has worked with 29 young people under the age of 18 and 35 young adults over the age of 18. These supports include:

fast tracking access to accommodation and addressing young people’s issues with accessing government supports;

supporting young people to obtain employment, enter tertiary education and access scholarships; and

developing young people’s living skills such as budgeting, cooking and developing stable relationships and support networks.

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