Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI)

Up to $250,000 is available from EGI to support the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025.

Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI)

Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI)

The Enabling Growth and Innovation Program provides eligible organisations with grants to support the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025. Successful applicants will deliver big picture projects that develop Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research and must benefit the broader International Education community. All projects are to contribute to at least one of the goals of the National Strategy and the Council for International Education priorities for action, as detailed in the program guidelines. Please refer to the program guidelines for organisation and project eligibility requirements.



International education is Australia’s third largest export and one of five super growth sectors that will support Australia’s future prosperity. The benefits of international education are broad ranging. International students enrich Australia’s campuses and colleges and help to build the intercultural capabilities of Australian students. Australian education delivers both onshore and offshore projects to build people-to-people links and connections with Australia. Recognising the importance of developing Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research, the Australian Government released the National Strategy for International Education 2025 (the National Strategy) in 2016. The National Strategy sets out a 10-year plan for strengthening and sustainably growing
Australia’s international education sector. It aims to build on the current success of the system to grasp new opportunities to expand and improve our education offerings.

The Department of Education and Training (the department) leads Australian Government policy development for international education and drives implementation of the National Strategy in partnership with the education, training and research sector.



The purpose of the EGI program is to support the implementation of the National Strategy. The program will achieve this by supporting big picture projects that develop Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research. Projects must benefit the broader Australian international education community, and contribute to at least one of the goals of the National Strategy.

Pillar 1 – Strengthening the fundamentals

  • Goal 1: Building on a world-class education, training and research system
  • Goal 2: Delivering the best possible student experience
  • Goal 3: Providing effective quality assurance and regulation

Pillar 2 – Making transformative partnerships

  • Goal 4: Strengthening partnerships at home
  • Goal 5: Strengthening partnerships abroad
  • Goal 6: Enhancing mobility
  • Goal 7: Building lasting connections with alumni

Pillar 3 – Competing globally

  • Goal 8: Promoting our excellence
  • Goal 9: Embracing opportunities to grow international education

To focus activity under the National Strategy, the Council for International Education (the Council), has set the following four priorities for action for 2017-18:

  • Develop a nationally-consistent approach to marketing and branding of international education
  • Enhance international cooperation though in-country projects, research collaboration, two-way mobility and transnational education
  • Provide the best possible student experience, including developing employability skills and regional engagement
  • Communicate the benefits of international education to the Australian community.



The Australian Government will provide $3 million each year through the EGI program. In 2017-18, approximately $0.9 million has already been committed through multi-year funding agreements, leaving approximately $2.1 million available through this funding round.

Funding of up to $250,000 (GST exclusive) per project is available through this open, competitive grant round. There is no minimum funding amount. Funding amounts will be fixed in Australian dollars. Additional funding is not available for fluctuations in exchange rates.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible to receive funding under the program, your proposed project must align with, and clearly contribute to, the implementation of the National Strategy. Projects must contribute to at least one of the goals outlined in the National Strategy, and should consider and contribute to the priorities for action set by the Council. You must read the National Strategy, available at www.internationaleducation.gov.au, before starting an application to ensure your project meet this criterion.

To be eligible for funding through the EGI program, projects must also:

  • demonstrate benefit to the broader Australian international education community, or a sector within the community. Benefits may include economic, sociocultural or sectoral benefits, among others
  • have a practical application within or for the international education community, or for a specific sector.

Your eligibility for funding will be determined by the department. In the event that we determine part of your application to be ineligible, we may assess your application based only on the eligible components. In this instance, you may be offered partial funding for your project.


Eligible Applicants

Funding is available to organisations that contribute to Australia’s international education community. To be eligible to apply for funding through this program you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian legal entity, including
    • incorporated association
    • company
    • state/territory and local government
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for GST
  • have relevant public liability insurance
  • have no outstanding reports, acquittals or serious breaches relating to any Australian Government funding. A serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, termination of a funding agreement
  • not be bankrupt or subject to insolvency proceedings (as relevant to the entity type), and
  • not be named by the Workplace Gender Agency as an organisation that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).

Applications from consortia are acceptable and encouraged. A consortium must have a lead applicant that is eligible as per the above requirements, and will be the main driver of the project.

Individuals and Australian Commonwealth Government entities including international posts, embassies and counsellors are not eligible for funding.



Applications close 15 December 2017.


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