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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants


The Australian Government announced in the 2021-22 Budget a commitment to develop a new place-based Indigenous Skills and Employment Program to replace the Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC), Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) and Employment Parity Initiative (EPI) from 1 July 2022. For information please visit Indigenous Skills and Employment Program (ISEP).


TAEG aims to increase Indigenous employment and retention by funding tailored activities that respond flexibly to local employment conditions. It includes two activity streams that target specific cohorts of the Indigenous population:

  • Employment – aims to support Indigenous job seekers into sustainable employment. This stream supports Indigenous job seekers with a guaranteed job; provision of  pre-employment support and training to address barriers to employment, plus post-placement mentoring to improve retention in the workplace; and
  • School-based traineeships – aims to support Indigenous secondary school students to gain work experience and prepare for post-school transition into further study or employment.

The TAEG grants are geared towards payment on outcomes, with funding weighted towards longer-term employment outcomes. The provider/employer work with NIAA’s Regional Offices to agree payment structure once funding is approved by NIAA.

TAEG funding can include mentoring and training activities that lead to better employment outcomes.

Expected outcomes

Stream Cohort Outcomes
Employment Indigenous job seekers

Increased employment and retention rates in the nominated region or location;

Increased work readiness;

Increased certified and transferrable qualifications.

Indigenous job seeker secures sustainable employment (job);

Indigenous job seeker and employer supported during their employment for 26 weeks (or as alternatively agreed by the Agency);

School-based traineeships Indigenous secondary school students

Increased successful transition of secondary students into ongoing employment;

Increased work readiness;

Increased certified and transferrable qualifications

May 2021 funding round

From 6 May 2021 to 10 June 2021, TAEG funding will be awarded via a competitive process. This means applications will be considered on their merits, priorities of the Government, and comparatively against the strength of other applications received through the funding round. Applicants can apply for up to a maximum of $500,000 (GST excl.) per project over up to 18 months (employment grants) or 24 months (school-based traineeships).

The Australian Government has committed to increase funding to Indigenous organisations where grant funding aims to benefit Indigenous Australians. Each application is reviewed by two independent assessors and the local Regional Manager.

Funding may be prioritised where employment and training related activities target Indigenous Australians facing significant barriers to employment, or whom have been out of the labour market for an extended period of time.

How to apply

Step 1: Contact your local Regional Office on 1800 079 098 to discuss your proposal and the application process.

Step 2: Develop your application, ensuring the TAEG Guidelines are followed and all mandatory documentation obtained or completed.

Step 3: Submit your application via GrantConnect.

Step 4: Your local Regional Office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If successful you will be invited to commence funding agreement negotiations.

If you are experiencing difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Indigenous Advancement Strategy Assessment Management Office at

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