Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education

The Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education will assist higher education providers to design and deliver microcredentials in fields of national priority, in partnership with industry.

About the pilot

Microcredentials are small courses in a specific area of study, with a focus on upskilling and reskilling in short timeframes, to meet the needs of employers and industry. 

Under the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education, the Government will be piloting the design and delivery of microcredentials which meet specific criteria and are sourced from a higher education award as defined in the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency Act 2011.

The Australian Government has provided $18.5 million for the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education.

Who can apply?

Under Round 1 of the pilot, Table A higher education providers will be able to apply for a share of $2 million in funding to design microcredentials in partnership with industry. Table A higher education providers will also be able to apply for $2 million in funding to deliver the microcredentials that they have designed in Round 1.

Round 2 will provide $14.5 million to Table A, Table B and Table C and non-university higher education providers to support the delivery of microcredentials, including the microcredentials developed as part of Round 1.

A total funding of $16.5 million will be provided from 2023-24 to 2025-26 to deliver microcredentials to up to 4,000 students. 

Round 1 is only open to Table A providers. Round 2 will be open to all providers.

How to apply

Applications for Round 1 open on 9 November 2022 and must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) 13 January 2023.

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Further information

For further information on the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions and Factsheet.

If you have a question that is not addressed in these resources, please contact HEMicrocredentials@education.gov.au