IABC Victoria is committed to fostering a community of communication professionals all over the world. We are about advancing the communication profession as a strategic leadership function, developing strategic communication professionals and creating global and local peer connections.

About the program

Our new professional development grant program is an initiative that supports communication professionals to be members of IABC and develop as communication leaders and contributors to IABC Victoria goals and outcomes.

The professional development program is designed to bring a diverse range of practitioners into IABC Victoria. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability, people who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), early-career professionals, people returning to the profession after a career break or people transitioning to the communication field are all encouraged to apply.

The grant runs as part of a two-year professional development program valued at approximately $1200.

Recipients will enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • IABC membership
  • Attendance to all IABC Victoria events (including Gala dinner)
  • Participation in IABC Victoria mentoring program
  • Attachment to IABC Victoria Board (40 hours assistance provided to IABC Victoria Board over two years)
  • Formal coaching sessions for recipients by Adrian Cropley of Cropley Communications.
  • Sessions to total two hours (2) in duration every six (6) months.

Who can apply

To eligible to receive a This is Creative Professional Development Grant the applicant needs to be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individual.

You must be enrolled in a communication course, hold a communication qualification or have some experience (paid or voluntary) in one of the following fields:

  • Corporate communication
  • Marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Multimedia (e.g. videography, photography, audio/visual, animation)
  • Journalism, electronic media, and TV and radio broadcasting
  • Intercultural and multi-linguistic communication.

Must have been living (and continuing to live) in the state of Victoria for at least 12 months.

Key dates

Applications for the This is Creative Professional Development Grant Program is currently open.

Applications close on Monday 12 October 2020.

Selection process

Grants are awarded on the basis of a competitive selection process.

Communication professionals must be:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • People with disability
  • CALD, early-career professionals (1-3 years experience), people returning to the profession after a career break or transitioning to the communication field.

Your application will be assessed on merit, and in relation to the criteria provided (see who can apply).

Shortlisted applicants will be required to meet with IABC Victoria Board members as part of the selection process.

Terms and conditions

As the holder of this grant you must:

  • Become a member of the IABC Victorian chapter and abide by the IABC code of conduct and code of ethics for professional communicators
  • Participate in IABC Victoria mentoring program
  • Provide 40 hours volunteer experience – approximately one (1) hour per fortnight – to the
  • IABC Victoria Board over two (2) years. The IABC Victoria Board is a volunteer-led Board.
  • Participate in two (2) hours of formal coaching sessions every six (6) months, i.e. eight (8) hours over the life of the grant
  • Provide an annual update of your experiences of the program to the IABC Victoria Board and professional development grant sponsor

How to apply

To apply for a professional development grant, download this application form and email it to partnerships@iabcvic.com.au.

Your application must be submitted by Monday 12 October 2020. IABC Victoria will confirm the receipt of your application by return email.

In the application you must provide:

  • Name and contact details
  • 500-word essay (maximum word count) on your communication career and achievements so far and what you hope to achieve with a professional development grant
  • Referee contact details
  • Documents that support your application
  • Examples of your work and letters of support (optional)

You can provide the following supporting material with your application:

1. Communication background (compulsory)

You must include a resume or biography that demonstrates your communication experience. Resume and biography information should be presented as a single document no longer than two (2) A4 pages in total.

2. Examples of your work (optional)

You can provide relevant, recent examples of your communication work. We’d prefer you provide support material via URLs, but you may also email support material with your application in the following formats:

  • Video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • Audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • Images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • Written material (Word and PDF)

3.  Letters of support (optional)

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters in support of your application.


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Further information

For further information on the grant sponsor, refer to IABC Victoria partners.


Email partnerships@iabcvic.com.au

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