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3.3 - Improve the discoverability and accessibility of government data: Grants

Overall status:

Under this commitment, the Government 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 (Phase 1 – discovery and notification of Commonwealth grant opportunities and grant guidelines) went live on 6 February 2017. Publication of grant opportunities and guidelines on GrantConnect, by all non-corporate Commonwealth granting entities, became mandatory on 30 April 2017.

From 31 December 2017, relevant entities have reported grants awarded on GrantConnect. Statistical information on grant opportunities and grants awarded is available from the GrantConnect website.

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 Implementation Period 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 grant opportunities open for applications; and

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

Late 2016-Late 2017 Completed

Status updates for commitments are provided approximately every two months. With each update, agencies are encouraged to provide further and better particulars of the commitment and its steps to implementation, which may result in changes to timelines outlined in Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18.

Last updated: 20/09/2018

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