National Palliative Care Projects

Up to $12M is available from National Palliative Care Projects to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in Australia.


National Palliative Care Projects

The Public Health and Chronic Disease Program National Palliative Care Projects contributes to the Program’s objectives by:

  • funding national projects that improve access to high quality palliative care for all Australians as they require it;
  • enhancing the quality of palliative care service delivery; and
  • providing support for people who are dying, their families and carers.



The National Palliative Care Strategy 2018 represents the combined commitments of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, palliative care service providers and communitybased organisations to ensure that people affected by life-limiting illnesses receive the care they need to live well. It guides the development and implementation of palliative care policies, strategies and services across Australia.

The National Palliative Care Projects align with the following National Palliative Care Strategy goals:

  • Goal 1 Understanding – People understand the benefits of palliative care, know where and how to access services, and are involved in decisions about their own care
  • Goal 2 Capability – Knowledge and practice of palliative care are embedded in all care settings
  • Goal 3 Access and Choice – People affected by life-limiting illnesses receive care that matches their needs and preferences
  • Goal 4 Collaboration – Everyone works together to create a consistent experience of palliative care across care settings
  • Goal 5 Investment – A skilled workforce and systems are in place to deliver palliative care in any setting

The National Palliative Care Projects are intended to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in Australia.



The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support nationally focussed projects for the target population groups that:

  • Improve the quality of and access to palliative care service skill development for service providers;
  • Improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in community and acute care settings;
  • Strengthen understanding and increase uptake of advance care planning;
  • Improve knowledge and community awareness of palliative care; and
  • Improve the collation and dissemination of palliative care information across the sector.



The Australian Government has allocated a total of up to $51 million (GST exclusive) over three years (2020-21 to 2022-23) for the National Palliative Care Projects. For this grant opportunity, up to $12 million is available over three years.

It is anticipated that most grants will be between $300,000.00$1,200,000.00 over the three years, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

The maximum grant period is three years (36 months) and you must complete your grant/project by 30 June 2023.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your grant activity must be consistent with the outcomes and objectives of this grant opportunity and address one or more of the following:

  • service provider skills development through education and training for frontline health, aged care and disability providers;
  • strategies to provide bereavement support, including early intervention approaches that minimise the risk of developing complications associated with prolonged grief;
  • service delivery improvement in community, acute care and disability settings;
  • advance care planning (ACP) activities that strengthen understanding among health, aged care or disability workers and the community and increase effective implementation of ACP;
  • knowledge and awareness activities, including legal issues, that improve clinician and community awareness about palliative care;
  • activities that promote collaboration and co-ordination of services for people transitioning between health, aged care and disability sectors; and
  • strategies to improve clinical information sharing for people transitioning between health, aged care and disability sectors.

You can only spend the grant on eligible expenditure you have incurred on agreed eligible grant activities as defined in your grant agreement.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • administration costs;
  • salaries and associated costs;
  • resource development and dissemination;
  • subcontracting; and
  • travel costs within Australia.

You must incur the expenditure on your grant activities between the start date and end or completion date for your grant agreement for it to be eligible.


Eligible Applicants

Under this grant opportunity, funding is available for national projects that target specific population groups who have recognised limited access to palliative care.

Targeted populations may include but are not limited to the following under-served populations:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Intersex (LGBTI)
  • Veterans
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • People who are experiencing homelessness
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People living with a disability
  • People who are living in Australia with Refugee status
  • Care leavers (including Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations) and those affected by forced adoption.

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be able to deliver the proposed activity nationally

and be one of the following entity types:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Australian state or territory government body
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006



Applications close 8 August 2019.


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