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Morrison Government funds local projects to help to improve the careers of Australians


The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Morrison Government will provide almost $16 million to new projects that will improve career pathways and help strengthen the nation’s skills-led economic recovery.

As part of round two of the National Careers Institute’s Partnership Grants program, the Morrison Government has committed $5.8 million to 16 projects chosen to help organisations deliver innovative career guidance services for people at all stages of their careers. 

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said it’s vital Australians get the best possible advice when looking for a new career.

‘We want Australians to be in control of their lives especially when it comes to pursuing their career aspirations and sound career advice has an important role to play in that effort,’ Minister Robert said.

‘These 16 projects across the nation will help back Australians to find new skills by forging better connections between industry, employers, schools, tertiary providers and community organisations.

‘We have a strong focus on regions bouncing back from recent lockdowns like the NSW South Coast and northern Victoria, as well as projects in South Western WA and Central Queensland.’

Successful projects include face-to-face careers guidance sessions, hands-on industry and work experience, careers resource development and career mentoring.

Minister Robert also announced round three applications will open on 20 October, with a total of $10 million of grants on offer. 

‘The focus of third-round grant funding will be on improving career pathways and information for women, particularly in non-traditional industries and occupations,’ Minister Robert said.

‘This grant funding round, included in the Women’s Economic Security Package announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget, forms part of our record $6.4 billion investment in skills, guaranteeing pathways to a better future for Australians.’

For more information, visit the National Careers Institute at 

National Careers Institute’s Partnership Grants program - round two recipients:

Project Provider Description
Wodonga Institute of TAFE Working with the Albury Wodonga Careers Advisers Association to deliver an engaging careers program for junior students in isolated secondary schools in north-east Victoria and the southern New South Wales Riverina.
University of the Sunshine Coast The University of the Sunshine Coast will work with the Institution of Engineers Australia and local secondary schools to bring about systemic change in STEM career uptake.

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Eurobodalla Shire Council will work with local schools and businesses to co-design and deliver progressive career guidance activities on the New South Wales South Coast.
Glenelg & Southern Grampians Local Learning & Employment Network Partnering with schools, Rotary and the South West TAFE in south-west Victoria, to identify and recruit Rotary host families to billet rural students in safe accommodation so they can have access to broader industry placements.

Ames Australia

Partnering with the Centre for Multicultural Youth to provide information sessions, workshops and one-on-one career counselling to Years 7-10 students from Pasifika and South Sudanese communities in Melbourne.
Jobs South West Inc Helping primary schools across the WA Bunbury region to develop and deliver a Career Related Learning aspirational curriculum based on international best practice.
WorkRestart Social Enterprises Partnering with business and career advisers in South East Queensland to develop and implement a suite of innovative career development interventions for prisoners and their employers.
Community Migrant Resource Centre Improving career guidance information that connects parents and children from diverse backgrounds in Sydney’s West to industries in demand including STEM and VET pathways.

Moonee Valley City Council

The Moonee Valley City Council will work with local community organisations to create a co-designed career guidance program for migrant and refugee women living in inner Melbourne suburbs.
ACT Council of Social Services Helping establish the ACT Health and Community Services Careers Hub to increase knowledge and create greater awareness of career paths in the Health and Community Services sector.

Hume Employment Service Limited

Partnering with local northern Victoria secondary schools to deliver a program that builds career advice capability of parents through the Engaging Parents in Career Conversations Model.

Central Queensland University

Working with the Australian Science Teachers Association and agriculture organisations to develop and deliver quality career guidance for schools about the skills needed for agricultural jobs.

University of South Australia

Co-design, develop and roll out facilitated career workshops with associated teacher professional development to support South Australian students in Years 6 to 9.

Holmesglen Institute

Developing interactive career tours, career pathway documentation and a mentoring platform for those interested in the tunnel construction and tunnel operation industries in Victoria.
AgCommunicators Linking with industry, schools and education providers to set up the SA AgCareers Hub. The Hub will deliver career guidance initiatives to support South Australian agriculture.
Community Disability Alliance Hunter The Community Disability Alliance Hunter Inc will work with the University of Newcastle to provide innovative, locally based career guidance for people with disability, by people with disability.