What is the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants?

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides funding 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 National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program (the program) was announced as part of the 2019-20 Federal Budget measure, ‘Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow’. The program supports the Australian Government’s commitment to innovative education and training pathways aligned to employer needs.

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants is aimed at supporting:

  • people at all stages of their careers, including students, job seekers, people developing their career, and people looking to change careers – because research shows they’re twice as likely to be engaged in work if they have the opportunity to engage in high quality careers development, and are also more productive in the workplace.
  • career advisors – because research shows that 68% would like greater contact with employers/industry to enhance their role
  • career influencers, parents and peers – because we know that 48% of young people get their most trusted career advice from parents/carers
  • employers – because research shows that a lack of career development is one of the top reasons why an employee leaves a job, and it costs employers an average of $27,000 to replace an employee.

Successful applicants will establish collaborative arrangements to deliver innovative projects that help Australians to develop dynamic careers that can adapt to the workforce of today and the future. Best practice career development services will inform and enhance people’s jobs, industry,
education and training decisions and help them to find and succeed at work.



The objectives of the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants are to:

  • improve the quality of, and access to, careers information and advice
  • build an evidence-base for best practice career development
  • demonstrate the value of career development
  • increase knowledge and create greater awareness of career paths and career information
  • develop and showcase innovative approaches to delivering career development services.

The intended outcomes of the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants are:

  • enhanced career pathways that help all Australians to reach their full career potential
  • increased understanding of skills sought by employers
  • stronger collaboration in the delivery of careers information and advice
  • improved quality of careers information and advice.



Grants from $20,000 to $700,000, with a maximum of $350,000 paid per year, for projects up to 2 years.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible for the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants, your project must:

  • be aimed at developing or expanding innovative approaches to improving careers information
  • address career advisory service gaps by enhancing partnerships between industry, employers, schools and tertiary providers
  • have at least $20,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

  • delivering innovative approaches to providing career advice
  • establishing partnerships and linkages between secondary, VET and Higher Education, employers and careers advisors
  • showcasing quality practice
  • establishing an evidence-base to support the adoption of best practice
  • undertaking proof-of-concept and feasibility studies for new techniques or practices
  • conducting research projects to inform government policy to build the career development
  • evidence base about why careers advice is important and what quality delivery looks like
  • engaging with a range of stakeholders, including careers advisors, parents, teachers, and employers
  • providing capability development opportunities to careers advisors and influencers
  • supporting career influencers to access careers advice that can be used to help decision makers (e.g. students, career changers, job seekers) at all stages of their careers
  • building career advice capacity in schools and facilitating stronger links between schools, industry and employers
  • growing careers advisor industry awareness of new and emerging industries and skills in demand, enhancing connections to industry and employers
  • monitoring and evaluation activities.

Examples of the types of project we expect to fund under this program include, but are not limited to:

  • establishing virtual workspaces with industry partners
  • growing career advisor capacity and capability and industry engagement to new cohorts
  • increasing the reach and impact of existing proven programs
  • supporting career influencers to help career decision-makers
  • research projects to inform government policy


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the National Careers Institute Partnership Grants, you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • 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 acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.



Applications close 30 June 2020.


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