Regional Job Creation Fund

The $240 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow, innovate, and increase productivity.

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 providing co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries.

Round 3 opened in January 2023

Round 3 of the Regional Job Creation Fund opened for Expressions of Interest on Friday 13 January 2023.

The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund (RJCF) Round Three will support existing regional NSW businesses, or those seeking to relocate to regional NSW as they adapt to technological change, meet evolving supply chain distribution demands and leverage their strengths to drive ongoing productivity and regional economic development.

RJCF Round 3 projects will create and/or maintain regional jobs, increase productivity, diversify regional economies, and provide skills, and training opportunities, including for young people, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals and people with disability. This investment will lead to more sustainable employment, and a stronger and more resilient regional economy.

RJCF Round 3 involves a two stage application process. An Expression of Interest (EOI) first, and a Detailed Application by invitation only, if applicants reach the second stage.

The Regional Job Creation Fund Round 3 grant page provides information on eligibility and how to applyPlease view the RJCF Round 3 Guidelines (PDF 5.52MB) for more information.

Key Dates for Round 3

  • Expression of Interest applications open: Friday 13 January 2023
  • Expression of Interest applications Close: 5pm (AEDT) Monday 6 March 2023
  • Assessment process: Approximately eight weeks from submission
  • Detailed Applications open by invitation from:  Monday 8 May 2023
  • Detailed applications close: 5pm (AEST) Monday 26 June 2023 
  • Notification of Assessment outcome: Monday 9 October 2023 or as soon as possible after a decision has been made at the NSW Government’s discretion

Successful projects - Rounds 1 and 2

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