Community Engagement Grants Program

What is the Community Engagement Grants Program?

The Community Engagement Grants Program (CEG Program) is a grant opportunity to help not-for-profit organisations to deliver services that are separate and additional to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) statutory functions.



The Community Engagement Grants Program (CEG Program) commenced on 1 January 2017 and this 2021-2024 Grant Opportunity is the second grant opportunity offered under the CEG Program. The 2021-2024 Grant Opportunity is a single grant round and will run over four (4) years from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2024.

The intended outcomes of the Grant Opportunity are that:

  • high quality information and assistance relating to Commonwealth workplace laws is provided to employers and employees across Australia.
  • access to that information and assistance is reaching at least one of the following CEG Program’s target cohorts:
    • vulnerable groups (such as culturally and linguistically diverse workers, youth or aged workers or visa holders) or
    • small business employers,

in the federal workplace relations system.

  • the information and assistance provided is additional to, and does not replicate, the FWO’s services and activities.



The objective of the Community Engagement Grants Program is to facilitate the provision of assistance relating to Commonwealth workplace laws to specific target groups who are covered by the federal workplace relations system.



For this Grant Opportunity, a maximum of $7.2 million in grant funds is available over four calendar years.

The total amount awarded under the Community Engagement Grants Program will not exceed $1.8 million in any calendar year.

While an application may be for a different amount, it is anticipated that most grants will be between $150,000-$400,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. The amount required in each year may fluctuate.


Eligible Projects

Organisations may be funded to undertake a range of activities, projects or programs of work including, but not limited to:

  • self-help information sessions
  • legal advice sessions
  • community education
  • telephone or face to face advisory services and
  • case work services.

All grant-funded activities must relate to the provision of advice, information or assistance to persons in the federal workplace relations system about the operation of Commonwealth workplace laws, particularly the Fair Work Act 2009.  Subject to this requirement, as well as compliance with any legal professional privilege or privacy requirements, provision of information, advice and assistance under the CEG Program should have regard to information published by the FWO.

The costs that may be covered by a CEG Program grant application include, but are not limited to, the following costs to the extent they are required for the proposed grant activity:

  • lease or purchase of equipment or minor assets that are specifically required for the grant activity
  • lease of any additional premises required to perform the activity
  • wages
  • IT resources
  • resource development
  • translating services
  • staff training
  • costs in relation to complying with audit and reporting requirements as part of the grant agreement.

Successful grant applicants may only use grant funds for grant activities approved by the FWO and must therefore only spend grant funds in accordance with the terms, and the budget, contained in their grant agreement.

You must only expend grant monies on the approved grant activity between the activity start date and activity end date specified in your grant agreement.


Eligible Applicants

The program will only consider your application if you meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined in section 4.1 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines:

  • you are an incorporated legal entity that has legal capacity to enter into a legally binding and enforceable grant agreement with the FWO
  • you are a charity that is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) or another not-for-profit entity (and can provide evidence of this as required in section 7.1 below). In this context “not-for-profit entity” means an entity whose establishing legislation, constitution or governing rules prevents the entity distributing its income and assets to its members.
  • you have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • unless you are GST exempt, you are registered for the purposes of GST
  • you have an account with an Australian financial institution and
  • you are located in Australia.



Applications close 24 September 2020.


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