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The A$100 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

Regional NSW is Australia’s largest and most diverse regional economy and is home to thriving agribusiness, energy and resources industries and strong manufacturing, tourism and service sectors.

It has all the key ingredients for businesses to thrive and has direct road and rail access to major domestic markets and highly efficient transport linkages to some of the world’s fastest growing markets across Asia and beyond.

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs. Applicants must provide a minimum 50% cash co-contribution to the project and the NSW Government contribution will be no more than $20,000 per new job created through the project.

Program information

Detailed information about the Regional Job Creation Fund, the eligibility requirements, and the assessment process can be found in the Regional-Job-Creation-Fund-Program-Guidelines.

Assessment stages

Funding applications will be assessed over two stages:

  1. Preliminary application stage: The submitted online application is assessed for suitability to proceed to the next stage. This stage has closed.
  2. Detailed application stage: If invited to submit a detailed application, a Business Development Manager from the Department of Regional NSW will be appointed to assist the applicant in its preparation.

Key dates

Applications Open:

6.00am on Sunday, 25 October 2020.


Information session/webinar:                                                                                                           


Held 5 November 2020.

Applications close:

     Preliminary stage:

     Detailed application stage:                                                     



Preliminary Applications closed at 5.00pm on Friday, 14 May 2021.

Detailed Applications closed on Friday 25 June 2021.

Assessment timeframes:

     Detailed application stage:                     

 12 weeks from the date of complete submission.

Information session (webinar)

A webinar providing guidance about the Regional Job Creation Fund’s eligibility requirements and the application process was held on 5 November 2020.

This webinar was recorded and we recommend potential applicants watch the session prior to making an application.

Getting support

Please call 1300 679 673 or email below for Regional Job Creation Fund queries.

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