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Career Fund

The Career Fund now operates four rounds a year through two streams of funding – the Ignite Career Fund and the Create Career Fund.

The Ignite Career Fund will continue to support individual emerging creators seeking specific skills development, with individual grants of up to $5000 offered to successful applicants. There will be two rounds for the Ignite Fund each year, read these guidelines to find out more.


The Create Career Fund has been developed to provide time for mid to late career writers and visual artists to write, research and create. Individual grants of up to $20,000 with a minimum of $10,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. There will be two rounds for the Create Career Fund each year, read these guidelines to find out more. 

Applications for the Create Career Fund will open in late March 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified approximately eight weeks after the advertised deadline. Activities for which Career Funding for either stream is sought cannot commence earlier than this.

The online application is through SmartyGrants.

For more information, contact Career Fund Manager, Susan Cole.

Email Career Fund Phone Career Fund +612 9394 7600

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Important Dates

The Career Fund deadlines for 2017 are:

  • Thursday, 16 March - Ignite - Apply Now
  • Thursday, 11 May - Create
  • Thursday, 17 August - Ignite
  • Thursday, 12 October - Create

Only one round of funding is open at a time, the next round of Create Career Funding will open after the current round of Ignite Career Funding closes in late March.

Activities Supported

Successful projects

A list of successful Create and Ignite Career Fund applications.