Grants Administration Guide

The Grants Administration Guide outlines how the NSW Government creates, offers and manages grants opportunities.

Government agencies must comply with this Guide as mandated by the Premier’s Memorandum.

The Grants Administration Guide (Guide) is issued under Premier’s Memorandum M2022-07 and was published in the Gazette on 19 September 2022. Since gazettal, compliance with the Guide has been a legal requirement under the Government Sector Finance Act 2018 (NSW) (GSF Act). The Government Sector Finance Amendment (Grants) Act 2023 amended the GSF Act and the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act) to provide further legal requirements concerning grants administration in NSW. These requirements commenced on 1 July 2023.

The Guide and the Premier’s Memorandum will be updated to reflect these new legal requirements. In the meantime, officials, Ministers and their staff should continue to administer grants in line with the Guide and the legal requirements of the GSF Act and GIPA Act. The new legal requirements are reflected in the templates and resources available on this page. 

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The Grants Administration Guide (the Guide) has been issued in response to recommendations of the Review of Grants Administration in NSW.

The Guide provides:

  • an overview of the grants administration process in NSW
  • overarching principles for NSW Government grants
  • mandatory requirements for administering NSW Government grants.


Set of pages from PDF.
What is changing with this guide?

The 2022 Review of Grants Administration in NSW made a number of recommendations to improve how the NSW Government delivers grants.

The Guide aims to harmonise grants administration processes across government and ensure that the key principles of transparency, accountability and probity are embedded in the way NSW Government grants are delivered.

Read more about what's changing

How do I comply?

It is now mandatory for all NSW Government agencies and ministerial offices to implement the practices and procedures in the Guide. This is in accordance with the Premier’s Memorandum.

Read more about how to comply

The Grants Administration in NSW Ministerial Offices Protocol provides information on how NSW Government ministers and staff must comply with the Grants Administration Guide. 

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Grants Administration in NSW Ministerial Offices Protocol (PDF 148.51KB)

Read the 

Protocol for auditing emergency relief grants (PDF 143.62KB)
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Template guidelines and grant agreements

Other templates and resources

Learn more about the guide

Access the Grants Administration Guide training slides to learn about the guide, responsibilities, grant administration and additional grant resources.


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