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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO5963

Improving Multidisciplinary Responses (IMR) Program

Contact Details

Community Grants Hub

1800 020 283



Department of Social Services
Close Date & Time:
5-Apr-2023 9:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Primary Category:
231006 - Child Health, Development and Wellbeing
Secondary Category:
171004 - Services for People with Disabilities
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive


The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted but competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Improving Multidisciplinary Responses program.

The Improving Multidisciplinary Responses (IMR) program is a $49 million program funded by the Commonwealth Government. It is a national, multi-jurisdiction initiative, which aims to enhance and improve holistic responses to First Nations families with multiple and complex needs.

The IMR program is a priority action under Safe and Supported: the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031 (Safe and Supported) and is a measure in the Commonwealth Implementation Plan under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (Closing the Gap) to achieve Target 12:

By 2031, reduce the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 45 per cent.

The IMR program is designed to centre First Nations cultural knowledge, frameworks and responses in the way that services are designed and delivered so that they better meet the needs of First Nations children and families with multiple and complex needs. This includes a focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and its five elements of prevention, placement, participation, partnership and connection.

The IMR program will reflect the Closing the Gap priorities of self-determination and cultural governance. First Nations peoples will have shared decision making throughout the design, implementation and evaluation of IMR activities.

The IMR program will contribute to Closing the Gap socio-economic outcomes including building the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector, improving mainstream institutions, and improving access for First Nations peoples to their data.


To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Partnership
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust.

Section 4 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines provides further information.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Assessment of applications - 4 weeks 

Expected approval of outcomes of selection process - 2 June 2023 

Expected notification to unsuccessful applicants - 7 June 2023

Negotiations and award of grant agreements - 4 weeks

Earliest start date of grant activity - 27 July 2023

Expected end date of grant activity - 30 June 2026 

Evaluation - Expected to commence in the final year of the project

Instructions for Application Submission:

To apply you must:

  • complete the online application form, please see 'Submit Application'
  • provide all the information requested
  • address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
  • complete all required templates
  • include all necessary attachments
  • submit your application/s to the Community Grants Hub by 9.00PM AEST on 5 April 2023.

You can only submit one application form for this grant opportunity. If more than one application is submitted, the latest accepted application form will progress. 

Other Instructions:

Please refer to the latest Question and Answer - version 3

Please note:

  • This round has been extended to close Wednesday 5 April 2023, please use the following updated grant opportunity documents
    • Grant Opportunity Guidelines
    • Questions and Answers
    • Fact Sheet
  • The Fact Sheet has been added to the Grant Opportunity documentation and the video link is below.

Improving Multidisciplinary Responses Program | Department of Social Services, Australian Government (



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Contact Details

Community Grants Hub

1800 020 283