Where is my draft Idea(s)?


  1. Hover over "Challenges" and select "Youth Employment" from the drop-down list
  2. Select the tab "My Ideas"
  3. In the left hand column select "Submitted & Draft Ideas"
  4. Your draft idea will appear in the middle column
  5. Please select "edit" to continue updating 



Why is the NSW Government seeking innovative solutions to youth unemployment?

We know there are entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses out there with new ideas, innovative solutions and new ways of tackling the problem of youth unemployment. We want to surface those ideas and provide seed funding, scale-up funding or the opportunity to replicate a proven model in NSW. 


How many applicants will proceed to the pitch event?

The Innovation Challenge will award a total of $10 million to fund innovative solutions or ideas. At this stage, we have not set a limit on the number of applicants which will proceed to the Pitch Event as this will depend on the quality of applications received. We also do not have a preference about the number of seed, scale or replicate applications which will proceed to the Pitch Event. 


Who is eligible to submit an application?

Anyone can apply. We encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses with an innovative idea to apply.


Can I start my application and finish it later?

You can start and save your application if you need to come back to it later. We recommend:

-       Preparing written responses in Word - then copy & paste - save your word file as a backup. 

-       Doing a quick draft, saving the draft, logging back in to make sure you are comfortable with the system.

-       When drafting your application save it on a regular basis.


Can I paste a picture or HTML into the idea description/text box?

-       As of now, the rich text editor we have prohibits  images within idea descriptions

-       To upload a photo with you idea, please use the "Upload Attachment" feature on the idea submission page

-       Unfortunately, pasting any normal HTML from the internet may cause disruption with formatting of your idea. Please try to avoid this if possible. 

-       In the meantime, please copy any HTML you wish to incorporate in your idea into notepad to strip out all special and extensive HTML, then

        paste into the idea description.


Which browser should I use?

We have tested Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Safari. All appear to function well. We suggest using Google Chrome.


How will I confirm that my application has been submitted?

We will send you a confirmation email to the email address provided. If you do not receive this confirmation email, it means your application has not uploaded successfully and you should re-submit your application again. You can also login and check that your application has been submitted.


What if I have more than one idea?

You can submit more than one application. A separate application must be submitted for each idea.


When do submissions open and close?

Open 9 March 2018

Close 10 April 2018 at 5pm 


What criteria will the judging be based on?

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

-       Employment outcomes for young people

-       Knowledge and approach

-       Innovation 

-       Commercial sustainability

-       Engagement of young people in solution design

-       Your team and capability to implement


Click on the 'Guidelines & Application' tab for more information.


Can my application cover a hotspot that is not one of the identified hotsposts?


No. We are only looking to fund projects and ideas in the identified hotspot regions (as per the list on the website). You will need to select the relevant region in the application form. The idea does not need to cover an entire hotspot. Please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for more information about the areas covered in these regions. 


Does my idea or solution need to service the entire "target group"?


No. We will consider applications which service a subset of the target group identified on the Home Page.


How will the winners be selected?

  1. An internal screening panel will review applications and select shortlisted applicants who will proceed to the next stage to pitch their idea.
  2. Shortlisted applicants will undergo pitch training and then present their ideas to a panel of judges at the Pitch Event.
  3. Following the Pitch Event, finalists will be selected for the incubation process.


When will shortlisted applicants be contacted?

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by phone or email by 24 April 2018. 

Applicants should ensure that they are available for pitch training on 30 April 2018 and the Pitch Event on 3 May 2018. 

Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted by email in the week commencing 23 April 2018.


Will I receive feedback on my application?

We will not be providing feedback on individual applications. We will provide general feedback where possible. 


What is incubation?

We are looking for three different types of proposals. Seed, Scale up or replication models. During incubation we will support the commissioning of the successful service providers. This support will be provided by an incubator in the form of tools, resources, mentors and a curated program designed to assist the applicants expedite implementation. We want to give the selected participants the best possible chance to make a positive impact. 


When does incubation commence?

28 May 2018


Why is funding linked to service delivery outcomes?

The NSW Government is prepared to invest in commissioning new service partners with innovative and novel approaches. NSW will provide funding at the commencement of and during the incubation period to support the partner. The majority of funding will be available to service partners when they demonstrate impact aligned with improving employment outcomes for young people.


What outcomes should my application demonstrate?

We are looking for ideas and solutions that can demonstrate the ability to achieve (or contribute to) the end-goal of getting young people into sustainable employment. When assessing applications, we have no prefernce as to how the outcomes are achieved and we will work with succesful service providers to define the outcomes and measurement during the incubation stage. 


What is the expectation for applicants to demonstrate commercial sustainability?

We are trying to understand where applicants are at with their idea/solution and for applicants to demonstrate a considered approach to financial management and business planning.


Where can I access more data about youth employment?

We have provided links to three research reports on the Home Page. There are plenty of online journals and research papers available online. We also suggest applicants seeking data persue the Labour Market Information Portal and Australian Bureau of Statistics. 


Will the projects be evaluated?

The projects will be evaluated as part of the Smart, Skilled and Hired program by an independent third party. We will work with successful service partners to define the outcomes to be measured and develop evaluation metrics appropriate for each project closer to the incubation stage.


Where can I read the Terms and Conditions?



Who can I contact if I need help with my application?

If you need help with your application, please contact youth.employment@industry.nsw.gov.au