Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Regional Skills

What is the Regional Skills Relocation Grant?

The Regional Skills Relocation Grant is a progam to help businesses with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they hire.



The NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW.

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.



The NSW Government has committed $10 million for applications over the next four years – $2.5 million will be available each year, providing 250 grants of up to $10,000.

Eligible businesses can claim reimbursement of up to $10,000 to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers, once they have been employed by the business for a minimum of three months.


Eligible Projects

Approved businesses will be reimbursed to assist with the following relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers they employ:

  • furniture removal
  • travel for immediate family to relocate
  • temporary accommodation for up to three months
  • furniture storage for up to three months.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for funding, employers must be a business or co-operative:

  • operating in an ‘engine’ industry, enabling industry or emerging engine industry as described in the relevant Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), or
  • aligned with government strategies including the 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW

Industries identified in the REDS reflect the regions competitive advantage and ability to trade their goods outside the local area or sell their services to non-locals. Retail and restaurants are ineligible because they only operate and sell locally. Examples of ‘engine’ or ‘emerging’ industries include:

  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • tourism.

Other eligible industries are those enabling industries that provide key inputs or services to an ‘engine’ or  ‘emerging’ industry identified in the REDS. For example,transport and logistics are eligible where they address barriers faced by eligible industries such as agriculture and manufacturing.

In rare cases, population-serving industries that are typically ineligible may be deemed eligible where it can be demonstrated that such service‘ exports’ are material to the Functional Economic Region (FER).

Eligible businesses must be operating in a NSW regional eligible industry and:

  • relocating to, or setting up in regional NSW and creating at least five ongoing full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in a regional local community, or
  • already operating in regional NSW and seeking to recruit eligible workers.

The business must be seeking employees that:

  • are relocating from a metropolitan area to regional NSW, with the regional residence at least 50 kilometres from the original metropolitan residence and within the same region as the eligible business
  • have an occupation that features on the Commonwealth Skilled Occupation List for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). NB: This list of occupations is specifically designed to meet the needs of regional Australia.
  • are Australian citizens or permanent residents on the date they commence employment.


Applications open on an ongoing basis.


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