The Prime Provider Model
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The University of Melbourne in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence is developing a research program that aims to critically examine ‘prime’ or ‘lead’ provider models of public service delivery. This is an approach where government contracts with a lead or prime provider which in turn takes responsibility for organising and managing service delivery through a group of subcontractors or providers who are specialised and/or local suppliers. This discussion paper forms part of the initial exploration and provides an overview of the factors driving the adoption of prime provider models, the current approaches that have been observed in Australia and overseas and a brief analysis of the perceived benefits and challenges.