Up to $10,000 is available from 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.
Regional Skills Relocation Grant
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.
Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 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 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. Regional residence must be at least 50km from original metropolitan residence and within the same region as the eligible business
- have an occupation listed on the NSW Skilled Occupation List
- are Australian citizens or permanent residents on the date they commence employment.
gible industries vary by region and are identified in the Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS). The regions normally have a competitive advantage and tend 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 eligible industries include:
Other eligible industries are those that provide key inputs or services to an eligible 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 extend service provision beyond the Functional Economic Region (FER). These industries may be deemed eligible where it can be demonstrated that such service ‘exports’ are material to the FER.
The government has determined eligible industries for each region using the applicable REDS prepared by the Centre for Economic Regional Development.
Applications copen on an ongoing basis.