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Creating jobs

Published 22nd December, 2017

150,000 new jobs by 2019

Why is this important to the people of NSW?

Jobs create purpose

Jobs give people quality of life and help them to learn, grow and achieve their potential. Jobs provide purpose, independence and social connection.

We are assisting small businesses across NSW to grow, whether it be a rehabilitation practice on the Central Coast or a curtain making business in Sydney's southern suburbs. 

Since 2014, one in three new jobs in Australia has been created in NSW.

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We are two years ahead in our progress towards the target of 150,000 jobs.

How are we tracking?

As at September 2017, there were 220,100 new jobs in the NSW economy. This means that we are tracking 70,100 jobs above the 150,000 new jobs target.

What are we doing?

We are supporting job creation in three ways.

1. Supporting businesses by:

  • $190 million over four years for the Jobs for NSW fund which will strengthen the NSW economy by generating rewarding jobs and accelerating high-potential sectors. It provides:
    • funding and support for startups, fast-growth small and medium-sized enterprises, regional businesses, accelerators and incubators
    • business loans, loan guarantees and other forms of business support that will accelerate job creation. Apply for funding or find out more at Jobs for NSW
  • providing high quality business advice to small and medium businesses, with 70 per cent of Business Connect program funding allocated to regional NSW
  • more payroll tax rebates, so that businesses have a tax advantage to recruit through the Jobs Action Plan

2. Ensuring a skilled workforce by:

  • creating jobs and apprenticeships for the construction sector through government infrastructure projects boosting vocational training through:
    • 200,000 scholarships to skill young people looking for jobs
    • 25,000 scholarships to students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and maths-related vocational qualifications
    • new training, upskilling and employment opportunities through the Smart and Skilled program.

3. Supporting regional development by:

Case study

A key initiative under Jobs for NSW is the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Grants program. Grants are available to promising technology start-ups to support the collection of customer feedback and test their underlying business model. MVP grants are aimed at start-ups that are yet to generate revenue.  The grants help them engage with potential business customers, identify channels to market, and create innovative solutions that address compelling industry needs or market gaps.


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Sydney company Tapview is one startup with a big idea that could boost job growth in NSW. Tapview has developed micropayment technology that gives people the freedom to pay a few cents for each online news story they want to read rather than pay a full subscription for news they may not use. They received a MVP grant of $14,685 to develop their analytics technology. CEO James Jansson said that the MVP grant was vital to the development of the company, which is now looking to expand its client base in Australia and internationally.

Loan guarantee helps Riverina business expand and grow

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Gundagai’s largest employer, Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP), secured a Loan Guarantee from Jobs for NSW to set the business up for future expansion. GMP currently employs 180 workers, most of whom are local residents. The Barton family has worked within the meat industry of Gundagai for nearly 100 years, the last 40 of which have been spent operating GMP.

GMP CEO Will Barton explains how the company is embarking on a $30 million expansion project that will lead to a 40 per cent increase in annual production capacity and help to create 76 new full-time jobs.

The opportunity for growth will allow GMP to create up to 198 new skilled jobs over five years, including 76 in the facility and 122 from associated business activities.

You can read more of our case studies at Jobs for NSW

What can you do?

Are you starting a business?

We are making it easier to do business by offering a range of support services to help you navigate regulatory requirements.

We're also supporting startups with the Sydney Start Up Hub, the first of its kind in Australia. The Start Up hub will support innovation, strengthen the startup community and grow new sustainable high-value jobs. 

Are you a business owner?

Scholarship opportunities

We want everyone to have a chance at a secure future. The 2017 NSW skills list includes new qualifications and traineeships that is funded by us under the Smart and Skilled program.

Published 22nd December, 2017
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