Ignite Career Fund Guidelines

The Ignite Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual art sectors to develop skills and progress their careers.

Individual grants of up to $5,000 are offered to successful applicants, with two rounds held each year. A total of $25,000 is available each round.

Opportunities typically supported include:

  • structured mentorships
  • residencies with structured mentorship or structured learning opportunities
  • participation in professional workshops, courses and conferences relevant to an applicant’s practice and career development
  • specific training in technical areas directly relevant to an applicant’s creative professional practice within publishing or visual art sectors.

Applications typically supported include those that demonstrate:

  • appropriate skills development for an applicant’s particular career stage and practice
  • activities that are not supported by government funding bodies
  • the applicant is making in-kind contributions to the opportunity
  • an appropriate level of benefit to the industry – e.g. sharing knowledge

Opportunities not typically supported include:

  • project-based development (including exhibitions, publications and performances)
  • book launches, exhibition openings, production costs or promotional tours
  • general or project-based research trips
  • writing or art-making subsidies or any costs associated with producing new work
  • gallery tours
  • general networking or relationship opportunities with other professionals or entities
  • foreign publisher/foreign agent visits

Applicants must not be able to:

  • use Austudy/Abstudy to cover the course fees
  • use the course/mentorship opportunity as academic credit towards a degree or other tertiary qualification.

letter of offer and INVOICING

Successful applicants must return the signed letter of offer and submit an invoice for the full amount within four weeks of receipt of notification of their successful application.


Successful applicants must submit an online acquittal report in relation to the activity for which they have received funding.

Acquittals must report on exactly what the grant was used for and detail the success or otherwise of the activity. As well as noting successful outcomes, acquittals must disclose any areas where the activity did not deliver on expected outcomes. Acquittals must be submitted in accordance with the time-frame outlined in the offer of funding. Where applicants are unable to supply an acquittal within this time-frame, they must contact the Copyright Agency Career Fund Manager and discuss amending their reporting requirements.

Where an applicant has failed to submit an adequate acquittal, they will not be granted subsequent funding until a satisfactory acquittal has been submitted to Copyright Agency.

To lodge an acquittal please contact us.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

If you have a skills development that meets these Ignite Career Fund guidelines, please apply via the online system powered by Smartygrants. Ignite Career Fund allocations are made by a panel of independent experts from the publishing and visual arts sectors, read more about the judging panel here.

If you have read the guidelines and still have application queries, you can contact Career Fund Manager, Susan Cole, by email careerfund@copyright.com.au or phone +612 9394 7600.


If you are unsure how to complete the budget please download the Ignite Career Fund sample budget.

More information and contact


Email Career Fund Phone Career Fund +612 9394 7600

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