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Monday 16 September 2019

IABC Victoria launches grants program to help communication professionals overcome cultural or structural barriers


  • IABC Victoria is launching a two-year professional development grant program, offering three grants to three communication professionals, worth $3,000 each
  • Priority will be given to Aboriginal or Torres Strait islanders, early career professionals (1-3 years), people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people returning to the profession after a career break or transitioning to the profession, and professionals with a disability.
  • The two-year sponsorship program includes IABC annual membership, sponsored attendance at all IABC Victoria events, close contact with the IABC Victoria Board, mentoring, and formal career coaching
  • Applications open on Monday 16 September and run for 5-weeks. Successful applicants will be notified in November.

Wednesday 11 September – The Victorian chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC Victoria) announces the launch of its Professional Development Grant program, which will sponsor the career development of three Victorian communication professionals and help them overcome social barriers, over a period of two-years.

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

Recipients will commit to a two-year professional development program with each grant valued at approximately $3,000 each. Funding for the grants has been achieved in partnership with Melbourne-based recruitment agency Hope and Glory who will sponsor two communication professionals and Australian Indigenous owned and operated creative agency, This is Creative, who will sponsor the third.

The program includes:

  • IABC membership and career development opportunities
  • Attendance at all IABC Victoria events
  • Participation in IABC Victoria’s mentoring program (under development)
  • Attachment to the IABC Victoria Board
  • Formal coaching sessions provide by IABC Victoria partner Adrian Cropley OAM, FRSA, SCMP, of Cropley Communication and the Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence

IABC Victoria President Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP said, “At IABC Victoria we take our commitment to developing strategic communication professionals seriously.”

“Our profession in Victoria is made up people from different backgrounds. There are more women than men, practitioners working in Melbourne from regional and rural Victoria, a thriving student network, as well as a high percentage of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Our role as a professional association is to help enable communication professionals of all backgrounds to achieve their career aspirations, develop and be recognised for their skills.”

“It is a reality that some people face barriers to achieving their dream career, and this is one way IABC Victoria can help communication professionals build a career they can thrive in.”

“On behalf of IABC Victoria I thank our partners Hope & Glory, This is Creative and Adrian Cropley for their fantastic commitment to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in our profession.”

Applications for the grants open on Monday 16 of September for a five-week period, closing on Sunday 20 October. Following an interview and selection process, successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 12 November.

More information about the grants and application process can be found at:


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About the International Association of Business Communicators

With thousands members and more than 100 chapters worldwide, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the only global association that connects business communication professionals with the people and insights needed to drive business results. Founded in 1970 and supporting professional communicators at the heart of every organisation, IABC serves the collective disciplines of business communication professionals through professional development offerings, certifications, awards and recognition programs, online resources, Communication World magazine and the annual World Conference.

Media enquiries

For an interview with IABC Victoria President Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP, please call 0414 436 147 or email