National Careers Institute Partnership Grants Round Three – Career Opportunities and Pathways for Women

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides grants from $20,000 to $350,000 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 $350,000, for projects up to 12 months. 

Who is this for?

Grants are for entities that contribute to career guidance services 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 $350,000 for up to 12 months 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 for round 3 of the program are to:

  • create greater awareness of career pathways and career information for women with a focus on women returning to work from a career break, women in non-traditional industries and occupations, or industries where women are under-represented (including at senior levels)
  • contribute to an evidence base for addressing the needs of women undertaking training and apprenticeships
  • enhance partnerships between industry, employers, schools and tertiary providers that support women through traditional and non-traditional career pathways.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • enhanced career pathways that help women of working age to reach their full career potential
  • increased understanding by women of skills and attributes sought by employers including in new and emerging industries
  • stronger local collaboration in the delivery of career guidance to women of working age
  • improved quality of locally based career guidance to women of working age.

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.


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 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.

Joint applications are mandatory and you must 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 7.1 of the grant guidelines.

A government school that does not have its own ABN may apply using their state or territory department’s ABN in their application.

We can only accept applications where you have identified one or more partners that will support the delivery of your project. You must include partners from both categories (unless you are one of the categories) below:

  • a school/group of schools, a tertiary education provider/group or a community organisation/group, or a career advisory organisation/body
  • an employer/employer group, industry body (including business bodies) or training provider (including group training organisations).

If you, as the lead applicant fall under one category, you only need to include a partner from the other category.

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 employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • 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.


National Careers Institute Partnership Grants Round Three 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 approach that supports women to develop careers that can adapt to the workforce of today and the future (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 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.

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Key documents

Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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