Open Government Partnership – Australia

3.3 - Government information access - Grants

Overall status:

The Department of Finance is building GrantConnect, a central whole-of-government system that will forecast and publish grant opportunities, automatically notify public users of grant opportunities of interest, and publish information on grants awarded.

Current status

GrantConnect went live on 6 February 2017 for Phase 1 functionality, the central discovery and notification of Commonwealth grant opportunities, and access to grant guidelines.

The publishing mandate for Phase 1 took effect on 30 April 2017.  All non-Corporate Commonwealth entities must now publish grant opportunities and grant opportunity guidelines on GrantConnect.

To date entities have used GrantConnect to advertise grant opportunities and as well as forecast future grant opportunities. Potential grant recipients and interested parties have registered as GrantConnect Registered Users in order to receive notifications of relevant grant opportunities, which has in turn improved the discoverability and accessibility of grant opportunities.


Department of Finance


Other stakeholders

Government: All non-Corporate Commonwealth entities that undertake grants administration.

Non-Government: All potential grant recipients (e.g. business, not-for-profits, individuals).

Steps to implementation

Implementation Step Status

Finance to implement Phase One of the GrantConnect platform to enable public users to:

  • register to receive notification on grant opportunities that match their self-defined profiles;

  • watch forecast opportunities as they move from planning to requests for applications; and

  • access grant guidelines for each opportunity and be notified about changes to grants processes.

(Late 2016 - Late 2017)

Last updated: 24/07/2017

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