Applications for the 2018-19 Innovation Fund have now closed. Information on the 2018-19 Innovation Fund application process can be found below.

Applicants to the Better Care Victoria (BCV) Innovation Fund are assessed on project concept, the strategic fit of projects with BCV's stated vision and focus areas, and the level of organisational commitment to ensure projects are successfully delivered.

The three stages for the 2018-19 application process include:

  • Pre-application process activities
  • Phase 1 - Application process during March to mid-June 2018
  • Phase 2 - Project Plan during mid-June to August 2018
2018-19 Innovation fund application process 

Following phase 2, the Minister will announce the funded projects for 2018-19.

Pre-application process

Registration of interest

The pre-application phase required interested health services to submit a registration of interest for each idea that they wished to submit to BCV through the Innovation Fund (organisations could submit more than one application). The purpose of this, was to submit a brief summary of the project idea as well as receive a unique identifier to be able to track and refer to your application throughout the process. 

Phase 1 - BCV Innovation Fund 2018-19 applications

Phase 1 of the application process focussed on the submission of ideas to BCV. 

Focus areas

This year, the 2018-19 Innovation Fund invited applications which focus on three key areas (not setting specific):

  • Access to outpatient services
  • Access to emergency and urgent care
  • Quality and safety

BCV sought innovative projects that could provide substantial benefits for patients. Projects ideas were not limited to outpatient or emergency care settings, but needed to make an impact on access to these services.

The 2018-19 Innovation Fund invited applications seeking support for scaling of proven projects, as well as new innovations.

Submitting an application

This year, there were two components to the 2018-19 Innovation Fund application process:

  • A written submission
  • A 90 second video - an 'elevator pitch'

Both the written and video components were mandatory for all applications.

BCV assessment process

All applications are assessed by BCV, the final recommendations made to the Minister for Health for approval.

Notification of outcome

Successful applicants are invited to progress to Phase 2 - Project plans for consideration of funding.

Due to the number of applications received, providing individual feedback for every submission is not possible, however feedback will be offered to targeted applications. Applicants will be notified if this applies to their submission.

Phase 2 - Project Plan

Phase 2 shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a formal project plan from mid-June 2018. BCV will provide project plan support during this phase.

Project plans are assessed by BCV, with final recommendations made to the Minister for Health for approval.

Further information about this phase will be distributed to successful applicants. 


Timeframes and key dates 

Key dates in the application timeline are listed below:

  • 7 February 2018 – Registrations of interest open
  • 12 March 2018 – Applications open
  • 13 April 2018 – Applications close
  • Mid-June 2018 – Project plan phase opens
  • August 2018 – Project plan phase closes

Support available from BCV

Guideline documents are available in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page to provide further information on the application process and each of the application components.

For queries regarding the application process, please contact our team on the details below.

If contacting the team about an existing application, please quote your unique project ID number (e.g. IF18xxx).

Need more information?

Email BCV at or call 03 9096 2761.