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New Colombo Plan – Expressions of Interest

The request for Expressions of Interest for an Industry Partnership to deliver Managed Administration and Support Services for the New Colombo Plan (NCP) was released on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 on AusTender: AusTender ATM ID: DFAT-308.

Additional information and tender response documentation is available on the AusTender website:

DFAT will conduct a virtual industry briefing to provide additional information about the NCP procurement process. This briefing is scheduled to occur on Monday, 20 July 2020 at 10am AEST via Cisco Webex Meetings. Interested parties must register to participate via the NCP tender inbox:; no later than 2:00pm (AEST) Friday, 17 July 2020.

We will provide further details about the industry briefing session to registered parties.

NCP background information

Under the NCP, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) annually supports thousands of young Australians to study and undertake language training, internships and other work-based learning in the Indo-Pacific. Established in 2014, the program brings together stakeholders from across education, business and government, and contributes to building genuine two-way engagement between Australia and our region, deepening economic, institutional and cultural connections. The NCP builds institutional links and develops connections for a new generation of leaders, growing cultural understanding and contributing to stability and prosperity in the region.

The NCP is composed of the following: a scholarships program, a mobility grants program, business engagement (internships, mentorships and sponsorship) and an alumni program. The delivery of these programs relies on the provision of complex financial management arrangements, pastoral care for scholars, communications and stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services. Delivery arrangements and the administration of these elements are currently fragmented and we are seeking to establish a strategically integrated delivery model.

Program funding is currently AUD$50,933,000 pa (Portfolio Budget Statements 2019-20). Since 2014, the program has made around 60,000 student awards.  As at February 2020, close to 33,000 NCP alumni (including 455 scholars) have completed their NCP programs. Additional information and resources about the NCP may be found here.


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