National Careers Institute (NCI) Partnership Grants program: Round Two Projects announced

On 8 October 2021, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business announced 16 applicants to receive funding through Round Two of the National Careers Institute’s (NCI) Partnership Grants program. The 16 successful projects represent a total value of $5.8 million.

The 16 successful applicants will deliver projects including face-to-face careers guidance, industry and work experience activities, careers resource development and career mentoring.

The projects will improve career pathways for many Australians by enhancing partnerships between industry, employers, schools, tertiary providers and community organisations.

The 16 successful organisations are:

  • AgCommunications Pty Ltd (The SA Ag Careers Hub: Promoting Future Ag Opportunities)
  • AMES Australia (Opening Minds, Building Futures – a careers development project)
  • Australian Capital Territory Council of Social Service Inc. (ACT Health and Community Services Careers Hub: Know you made a difference)
  • Central Queensland University (Excited 4 Careers in Agriculture)
  • Community Disability Alliance Hunter Incorporated (Peer2Peer)
  • Community Migrant Resource Centre Incorporated (Career Pathways to Future Success)
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council (Creating Careers Pathways)
  • Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network (Enhance Work Placement Experience for Everyone)
  • Holmesglen Institute (Uncovering Careers in tunnelling and underground operations)
  • Hume Employment Service Limited (SPI a Careers – Students, Parents and Industry promoting careers to year 7–10)
  • Jobs South West Inc. (Job South West Careers of the Future Program)
  • Moonee Valley City Council (Mamma’s Kitchen Co-designed Career Guidance for Migrant and Refugee Women)
  • University of South Australia (University of South Australia Careers Compass)
  • University of Sunshine Coast (Crystallising STEM Careers)
  • Wodonga Institute of TAFE (ABC – A Boost to Careers program)
  • WorkRestart Social Enterprise Ltd (Project reStart)

You can read the Minister’s media release or visit  Business.gov.au for more details on the successful projects.

About Partnership Grants program

The NCI Partnership Grants Round Two provides grant funding from $20,000 to $525,000 over 18 months to deliver innovative career development services for people at all stages of their careers.

Additional funding

In the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced two additional grant funding rounds for the NCI’s Partnership Grants program:

  • A grant funding round that focusses on improving women’s access to career information. Funding will be available for organisations such as employers, training providers, schools and community organisations for innovative projects that support women to improve career outcomes. This grant funding round will open on 20 October 2021;
  • A grant funding round to improve young people’s access to the information and support services they need to make well-informed decisions on their career pathway. It is anticipated this grant funding round will open in late 2021.

Find out more on the additional funding rounds.