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Round Four NCI Partnership Grants help young people plan for future careers


The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP
Minister for Skills and Training

More young people can improve their career outcomes thanks to the latest of the Australian Government’s National Careers Institute (NCI) Partnership Grants.

Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, said the competitive, merit-based grants program provides funding for organisations to deliver innovative career guidance services for people at all stages of their careers.

“Round four of the NCI Partnership Grants program will fund projects with a focus on helping young people with their education, training and employment decisions,” Minister O’Connor said.

“More than $2.4 million will go to nine projects that will make sure young people get all the opportunities they deserve to get into a rewarding career.

“The nine new projects will be delivered around Australia and cover industries including agriculture, early childhood education, and health.

“Many projects will also help disadvantaged groups of young people and those whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19, including young women, disengaged youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants.

“Projects will be delivered by education, training, employment and careers organisations, community groups, Aboriginal corporations and local governments to help young people to improve career outcomes and create education and training pathways.”

Round four is specifically focused on supporting young people with their career decisions. This round builds on the previous NCI Partnership Grants funding rounds and is an important service to help people make career decisions.

There are now 79 projects supporting people across Australia. These projects help women to re-enter the workforce or change careers, young people plan their next steps, and students in primary school and Years 7–10 improve their career outcomes.

More information on the successful projects and the organisations chosen to deliver them is listed below, and information on the NCI is available at:

National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program—round four recipients:

Project provider


Lives Lived Well Ltd

The Nurture Project offers access to targeted, high quality career guidance and Life Skills development for young people (15 -24 years) who are disadvantaged and/or disengaged from education, training, or employment. Nurture is an established working farm which operates as a social venture. The overall objective of the project is to reduce welfare dependency, build resilience, and promote lifelong health and well-being.


SYCs Career Grit project will enhance the ability of disengaged young people to explore and make career decisions. Collaboration with partner employers will source role-models and opportunities to learn about different careers/industries. Consistent with the framework of the Australian Blueprint for Career Development (ABCD), the project focuses on career adaptability.

Compact Incorporated

Next Level Careers: Early Childhood Education and Care project is a regionally focussed career development industry partnership with NSW Riverina Murray early childhood services. The project aims to address workforce shortages by inspiring local youth to commence entry-level careers in the early childhood education and care sector.

Tablelands Regional Council

Tablelands Regional Council in conjunction with its project partners and community supporters will offer formal, individualised career support, advice and guidance to young people in the local community, with a particular focus on local industry needs in primary industry, health and social assistance.

Settlement Services International Limited

The Youth Employment Planning Passport project provides high quality, locally informed career counselling advice and support to young people. Partnering with the PCYC, the project will work with young people in-school and in the community to complete a personalised Career Passport to build skills and bring together a range of localised experiences relevant to their careers.

Action for Agriculture Incorporated

This project will bring together community groups, education, and industry to support disengaged, Indigenous, and migrant youth explore agriculture as a career. The project will connect participants with businesses for job opportunities, and provide individually tailored support, including entry-level and life skills to transition to the workforce.

Whittlesea Community Connections Inc

This project will support young people to access careers information and support and develop the skills they need to obtain work in the local job market. Careers information will be provided to at-risk students through local secondary schools, supported by Melbourne Polytechnic.

Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation

This program will provide young people with a safe space and support to understand self, careers of interest and how to communicate effectively with potential employers. Key project activities incorporate relevant support agencies and stakeholders, family members, and potential employers.

JT Academy Pty Ltd

The JT Academy employment pathway project will enhance the employment eligibility of our young people by collaborating with employment partners. In collaboration with industry, employers, and education, the project will empower young people to be their own champions and be motivated to drive their career journey.