Release type: Joint Media Release


National Careers Institute grant funding applications open to improve career advice


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

The Morrison Government’s National Careers Institute has today opened applications for grants up to the value of $700,000 for programs which will foster innovative partnerships between industry, employers, schools and tertiary providers.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the $10 million grants program will support projects that are designed to help job seekers gain access to high-quality information about the pathways available through vocational education and training (VET). 

“This program will be a major boost for the career development sector. It is now more important than ever that we find ways to boost the capacity and effectiveness of the sector to connect job seekers with pathways towards in-demand jobs,” Minister Cash said.

“As part of supporting the workforce and the economy through the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19, we are equipping all Australians with the best assistance to make informed and rewarding decisions about future study options and career opportunities available through VET.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, The Hon Steve Irons MP, said greater collaboration across traditional boundaries is also one of the best ways we can improve career outcomes and education and training pathways.

“I encourage all interested parties to join together to develop innovative solutions that offer improved career information and advice,” Assistant Minister Irons said.

Applications for grants of up to $350,000 per year over two years can be made until 30 June 2020.

Application forms and guidelines are available through