National Careers Institute Partnership Grants – Round Two

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides grants to deliver innovative career guidance services for people at all stages of their careers.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $20,000 to $525,000, with a maximum of $350,000 paid per year, for projects up to 18 months.

Who is this for?

Grants are for entities that contribute to career guidance services including industry, employers, schools, local and state governments.


The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides grants from $20,000 to $525,000 for up to 18 months to assist organisations to deliver innovative career guidance services for people at all stages of their careers.

The objectives of the program for round 2 are to:

  • improve the quality of, and access to, locally based, personalised career guidance
  • demonstrate the value of career guidance to those seeking to re-enter the workforce, change or further develop their careers, primary school students and students in years 7 to 10
  • increase knowledge and create greater awareness of career paths and career guidance
  • develop and deliver innovative locally based approaches to delivering career guidance services.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • enhanced career pathways that help all people reach their full career potential
  • increased understanding of skills sought by employers, particularly at a local level
  • stronger local collaboration in the delivery of careers guidance
  • improved quality of locally based career guidance.

This funding round will support locally based, face-to-face (including virtual face-to-face) career guidance projects, activities and services and is aimed at supporting:

  • adults looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers, or people developing their career
  • primary school students and their influencers (such as parents, carers and peers)
  • students in years 7 to 10 and their influencers (such as parents, carers and peers).

Refer to the grant opportunity guidelines for detail about eligible grant activities.

We recommend that your proposed project complement the work of the National Careers Institute.


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 incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory authority
  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in section 14 of the guidelines
  • an Australian State/Territory Government agency or body.

Government schools without an ABN may apply using their state or territory department’s ABN.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the guidelines.

We can only accept applications that include all mandatory attachments (see 7.1 of the guidelines). You must also deliver the project through a collaborative partnership with both:

  • a school/group of schools, or a community organisation/group, or a career advisory organisation/body
  • a business, industry body or training organisation (including business bodies and group training).

You can have a collaborative partnership with more partners, but it must include the groups listed above.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s website list of ‘Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme’
  • an individual
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.


How do you apply?

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants – Round Two is closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

We will establish a committee of Australian Government departmental representatives to assess applications. The committee may seek advice from independent technical experts.

The committee will assess your application against the assessment criteria and compare it to other eligible applications before recommending which projects to fund.

The Executive Director of the National Careers Institute will make the final decision.

We will assess your application based on the weighting given to each criteria.

  • Assessment criterion 1: The extent that your partnership project will deliver an innovative locally based approach to help people develop careers that can adapt to the workforce of today and the future (45 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (35 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3: Impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we have received and accepted the required report.

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Need help?

Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement - simple

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