Barranggirra: Training Services NSW Aboriginal Skilling for Employment Grant

Barranggirra is from the Wiradjuri language and means “to fly or to arise”.

Aboriginal Initiatives

Training Services NSW is pleased to announce a new Aboriginal Initiative – Barranggirra: Training Services NSW Aboriginal Skilling for Employment Grant. This new initiative consolidates the long-standing The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People and New Careers for Aboriginal People programs to strengthen the end to end support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. This includes improved post-training outcomes and building stronger links for Aboriginal people with current opportunities for employment and training flowing from broader Department and Government priorities for Aboriginal participation in the NSW workforce and in major projects.

Grant Objectives

Barranggirra will provide end to end support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners through culturally appropriate mentoring to ensure successful retention and completion of training and improved post-training employment outcomes.

Barranggirra aims to achieve the following objectives for Aboriginal people:

  • Increased access, retention and completion of vocational education and training;
  • Aspiration and expectation of career pathways;
  • Improved post-training outcomes;
  • Increased placement in meaningful and sustainable employment;
  • Greater confidence in making decisions that maximise training and employment experiences and outcomes; and
  • Greater opportunity for Aboriginal business ownership and economic independence.


Organisations applying for funding under the Barranggirra Initiative must be based in NSW and provide services within the State.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for a Grant.

  • Applications must:
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following:
    • a company incorporated in Australia;
    • a company incorporated by guarantee;
    • an incorporated association or co-operative;
    • a partnership;
    • a sole trader; or
    • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006;
  • be registered for GST;
  • have the demonstrated skills and capacity to deliver the Barranggirra Initiative in one or all Service Areas (refer to Program Guidelines for the list of Service Areas);
  • be financially viable and able to demonstrate they are likely to remain so over the duration of the Initiative delivery period; and
  • have public liability insurance.


The following are not eligible to apply:

  • Australian or NSW Government agencies, State Owned Corporations or statutory authorities;
  • Local Government Authorities;
  • Organisatons that do not have an ABN;
  • Unincorporated associations; and
  • Businesses that are insolvent.

How to Apply

Applications have now closed for the Barranggirra Initiative.


Grant Guidelines

Further information regarding the Grant, including Grant Duration, Service Areas, Services and Assessment Process can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions page addresses all questions received for both Barranggirra and the Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiatives.


Mitch Lowrie – R/Manager Aboriginal Initiatives
0438 427 028

Sonia Stevenson – Senior Project Officer, Aboriginal Initiatives
0436 122 209

General enquiries:

Page last updated: 02 March 2021