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Update to grant opportunity guidelines

The grant opportunity guidelines have been updated to reflect an administrative error in the assessment criteria. Merit criterion 3: a reference to "overseas travel" has been removed.

National Careers Institute Partnership Grants – Round One

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides grants from $20,000 to $700,000 for up to 2 years to deliver innovative career advisory products and services for people at all stages of their careers.

Close date: 30 Jun 2020 05:00 PM AEST.

What do you get?

Grants from $20,000 to $700,000, with a maximum of $350,000 paid per year, for projects up to 2 years.

Who is this for?

Grants are for entities that contribute to career advisory services and careers information, including industry, employers, schools, tertiary providers, local and state governments and researchers.


The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides grants from $20,000 to $700,000 for up to 2 years to enhance partnerships with industry, employers, schools and tertiary institutions to deliver innovative career advisory products and services for people at all stages of their careers.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • improve the quality of, and access to, careers information and advice
  • build an evidence-base for best practice career development
  • demonstrate the value of career development
  • increase knowledge and create greater awareness of career paths and career information
  • develop and showcase innovative approaches to delivering career development services

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • enhanced career pathways that help all Australians to reach their full career potential
  • increased understanding of skills sought by employers
  • stronger collaboration in the delivery of careers information and advice
  • improved quality of careers information and advice

Examples of the types of project we expect to fund under this program include, but are not limited to:

  • establishing virtual workspaces with industry partners
  • growing career advisor capacity and capability and industry engagement to new cohorts
  • increasing the reach and impact of existing proven programs
  • supporting career influencers to help career decision-makers
  • research projects to inform government policy

Refer to the grant opportunity guidelines for further detail regarding eligible grant activities.

Preference will be given to projects that directly deliver innovative approaches to career development services, however research projects or scoping studies will also be eligible. Note that you will be required to justify the amount of funding you request against project scale and outcomes.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in section 14 of the guidelines
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

We can only accept applications where:

  • you can provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • you provide all the mandatory attachments (see section 7.1 of the guidelines).


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants - Round One

  • read the guidelines
  • have the required evidence from the board
  • have the mandatory attachments

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Independent audit report template

Sample Board or CEO approval letter