Requests for proposals

As part of the Social Impact Investment Policy, the NSW Government aims to deliver two new social impact investment transactions to market each year.

Formal requests for social impact investment proposals (RFPs) are made regularly through NSW e-Tendering. RFPs are open to proposals in any policy area, though we often identify target areas based on those outlined in the Statement of Opportunities.

More information and resources to help develop proposals are available in Policy and Guidance and Tools and Resources.

Information on current and previous RFPs is below. 

Current tenders

The NSW Government is has re-opened the Request for Proposals (RFP) focused on youth unemployment.

Youth unemployment in NSW is more than double the State’s unemployment rate, and NSW has the highest number of unemployed youth in Australia.

The NSW Government has committed $10 million towards a social impact investment that targets high need youth in regions of high unemployment.

Download a copy of the Request for Proposal: Social Impact Investment

The RFP is also open to proposals in other policy areas that meet the evaluation criteria.

The RFP closes at 9am on 18 September 2017. You can access the RFP documents and more information through NSW e-tendering. You will need to register with e-tendering to download the documents. Proposals must also be lodged through this site.

Previous tenders

Closed 12 December 2016

This RFP sought proposals for social impact investment transaction in the target areas of:

  • increasing permanency for children in out of home care, particularly through open adoption
  • improving outcomes through early childhood education
  • addressing youth unemployment.

An interagency panel is now evaluating all proposals received through the RFP. 

Archived documents:

Closed 15 February 2016

This RFP sought proposals for social impact investment transactions in the target areas of:

  • Managing chronic health conditions
  • Managing mental health hospitalisations

We received 21 proposals and two were selected to proceed to joint development. Negotiations began in May 2016 and are in progress.

Archive documents:

Closed 26 July 2015

This RFP sought proposals for social impact investment transactions in the target areas of:

  • Supporting vulnerable young people, particularly out-of-home care leavers, to transition to independence
  • Supporting offenders on parole to reduce their levels of reoffending and re-incarceration

We received 16 proposals and two were selected to proceed to joint development. Negotiations began in December 2015 and are in progress.

Archive documents:

Closed 24 November 2011

This RFP sought proposals for two social benefit bonds in the target areas of:

  • Out-of-home care
  • Recidivism

We received 11 proposals, most which were submitted by not-for-profits. Three proposals were chosen to enter into joint development and two social benefit bonds were ultimately developed. Learn more >>

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