Partnership Grants program

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The National Careers Institute’s (NCI) Partnership Grants program is a key part of the Australian Government’s Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package announced in the 2019-20 Federal budget. 

The Partnership Grants program provides funding for organisations such as employers, training providers, schools and community organisations to work collaboratively to improve career outcomes and create education and training pathways for Australians.

Round one projects

Round one of the Partnership Grants program awarded funding to 12 organisations including TAFE, universities, community bodies and tech start-ups.

Funding encourages the delivery of innovative career advisory products and services for people at all stages of their careers.

Information is available about the round one projects.

Round two projects announced

On 8 October 2021, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business announced the 16 successful applicants to receive funding through round two of the Partnership Grants program.

The successful projects include locally based face-to-face careers guidance, industry and work experience activities, careers resource development and career mentoring.

The 16 successful applicants are:

  • Wodonga Institute of TAFE
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council
  • Holmesglen Institute
  • Ames Australia
  • Jobs South West Inc
  • WorkRestart Social Enterprises Ltd
  • Community Migrant Resource Centre Inc
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • ACT Council of Social Services Inc
  • Hume Employment Service Limited
  • Central Queensland University
  • University of South Australia
  • AgCommunicators Pty Ltd
  • Glenelg & Southern Grampians Local Learning & Employment Network
  • Community Disability Alliance Hunter Inc

Additional information on round two projects is available at Business.gov.au.

Round three opens for applications on
20 October 2021

Minister Robert also announced round three of the Partnership Grants will open for applications on 20 October 2021.

Round three will fund projects that assist organisations to deliver innovative projects that facilitate career opportunities and career pathways for women.

Grants for round three range from $20,000 to $350,000 and will be funded for a maximum of 12 months.

Information on round three including how to apply, will available from 20 October 2021 at business.gov.au.

Applications will close 1 December 2021.

Round four opening soon

Round four of the Partnership Grants program is expected to open for applications in late 2021.

Round four will fund projects that improve young people’s access to the information and support services they need to make well-informed decisions on their career pathway.

For more information, contact nci@dese.gov.au.