Innovative Places

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For places commencing in 2023

About the measure

The Department of Education invites applications for a further round of Innovative Places funding for courses in areas of national priority with strong industry linkages. This funding will support high quality bachelor level qualifications in areas of skills and workforce need.

Innovative Places are a flexible funding pool designed to respond to national priority and emerging skills needs. These places will specifically focus on courses that can demonstrate strong integration, and innovation in course content, structure or delivery.

This allocation process will provide up to 300 commencing Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) in 2023 only (including appropriate pipeline funding) in line with the current 2021—2023 Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding agreement period. 

Places are allocated to providers for the duration of their CGS funding agreement period only and will be re-allocated for the next funding agreement period (2024—2026).

Eligible providers and courses

The following higher education providers meet the eligibility criteria to be invited to apply for an allocation of these Innovative Place CSPs:

  • Australian universities listed at Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA); or
  • University colleges as registered by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

Higher education providers who do not meet these criteria are not eligible to apply. 

Courses for inclusion among Innovative Places funding must be in an area of national priority or skills needs, and lead to an award of a bachelor level qualification. Places will not be provided for postgraduate level courses.


Applications will opened on 17 August 2022 and close on 19 September 2022. 

Applications must be submitted to Information on the selection criteria and allocation process can be found in the program guidelines.

Innovative Places – FAQs for providers

FAQs for providers regarding the Innovative Places measure and the application process.