National Careers Institute


The National Careers Institute will provide leadership in the delivery of high quality, evidence-based career development to enable Australians to make informed decisions about their learning, training and work pathways.

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About the Institute

The Institute was established 1 July 2019 as part of the Skills Package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. It is responding to the Strengthening Skills Expert Review’s (the Review) recommendations for Australia to improve the quality of career development and resolve a significant amount of fragmented and difficult to use career information and services available to all Australians.

Research and stakeholder consultation will shape and influence the Institute’s strategic priorities to create unified and streamlined career information and services for all Australians.

To strengthen the Australian careers development system, the Institute will co-design its role, priorities and projects through stakeholder engagement. 

Engage with the Institute by sharing your views and experiences by visiting the Institute’s e-Hub.

Activities delivered as part of the NCI are designed with the guiding principle of enabling all Australians to make more informed career decisions at all stages of their lifelong learning.

In 2019-20, the Institute will implement the following key activities to address these recommendations.

National Careers Ambassador

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Scott Cam was announced as the first National Careers Ambassador (the Ambassador) on Thursday 10 October 2019. As the National Careers Ambassador, Scott Cam is working with the National Careers Institute to make sure individuals and business can take advantage of the career pathways on offer.

Together, the Ambassador and the Institute will be working across government, industry, education providers, career advisers, parents and employers to find out what is needed to make sure Australia’s career development system is healthier, and more responsive to the needs of our workforce.

Research and Stakeholder Engagement

The Institute is commissioning research on the state of the Australian and international careers sector to:

  • map careers advice and services in Australia to identify gaps and overlaps
  • review international best practice and identify governance models for careers development agencies

The Institute is consulting with:

  • internal Australian Government stakeholders
  • state and territory governments
  • international government agencies (such as Careers New Zealand)
  • industry and employers
  • education providers
  • not-for-profits.

For more information about e-Hub consultation and face-to-face national workshops conducted during October and November 2019, visit the Institute’s e-Hub.

Grants Program

As part of its National Careers Institute investment, the Australian Government will set-up a $10 million competitive grants program to boost partnerships between industry, employers, schools and tertiary providers. 

Grants of up to $350,000 per year will support education providers, employment providers, industry and local government to work collaboratively to establish initiatives with a strong focus on filling and/or enhancing information and service gaps. 

In addition from drawing on existing data sources, the NCI welcomes ideas to address service gaps and drive innovation to determine efficient ways to align with labour market needs and opportunities.

e-Hub community engagement regarding funding and services opens January 2020. 

The Grants program schedule release is March 2020.

Digital Platform

User-centred research will inform the development of a new, national ‘digital platform’ to provide national cohesion in the delivery of careers information and underpinning tools.

e-Hub community engagement regarding data and digital engagement opens November 2019. 

Release 1 of the ‘digital platform’ is scheduled for July 2020.

Raise the Status of VET

The Institute is implementing the VET Information Strategy (the Strategy) which promotes VET as an equal choice education option leading to successful careers. The Strategy promotes aspirational key messages and a unifying tagline for the VET sector, real skills for real careers. The Strategy is supported by over 450 Australian VET Alumni including Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors, who volunteer their time to promote VET-driven careers.

e-Hub community engagement regarding how to promote career pathways opens March 2020.

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Engage with the Institute, interact with projects and help co-design its deliverables by visiting the Institute’s e-Hub.