Grants and Awards

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The Grants and Awards Programme aims to improve outcomes for all Australian students through the provision of advice, information, research and services to the Department of Education and Training.

The Grants and Awards Programme provides funding to organisations for specialised advice and services, to improve the quality of education policies and programmes to better meet the needs of Australian students.

The Grants and Awards Programme currently comprises one sub-programme; the Grants in Aid sub-programme.


The Grants and Awards Programme contributes to the Australian Government’s goals for Australian schooling—that it promotes equity and excellence, and that all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.

The Grants and Awards Programme also supports the objectives outlined in the National Education Agreement:

  • all children are engaged in and benefiting from schooling
  • young people are meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, and overall levels of literacy and numeracy achievement are improving
  • Australian students excel by international standards
  • schooling promotes the social inclusion and reduces the educational disadvantage of children, especially Indigenous children
  • young people make a successful transition from school to work and further study.

Projects funded under the Grants and Awards Programme must contribute to current Government policy agenda, including but not limited to the Students First approach.

The Students First approach seeks to put students first and improve their education outcomes and the performance of our schools. The Government wants students to have a high-quality education with access to the best teachers and an up-to-date and relevant curriculum, and for the people who know them best – their parents, teachers, principals and community – to be able to make informed decisions about their education.

Under the Students First approach, the Government has identified four priority areas:

  • Teacher quality
  • School autonomy
  • Engaging parents in education
  • Strengthening the curriculum.

The Grants and Awards Programme Guidelines are available here.