Regional Skills Relocation Grants

Assisting regional NSW businesses in identified industries to attract skilled and specialised workers from NSW metropolitan areas, interstate or internationally.

Sunrise over the Darling River, Bourke NSW


Regional NSW businesses are the backbone of our economy, delivering employment, exports and wealth right across the state and providing the largest and most diverse regional economy in Australia. To continue the growth and prosperity of our regional centres we want to encourage more businesses and skilled workers to relocate to regional NSW.  

The Regional Skills Relocation Grant has been created to assist regional businesses to attract skilled and specialised workers to our regional areas, and business owners to set up or expand their operations in regional NSW.  

Creating more skilled and specialised employment in the regions will build a robust regional workforce providing opportunities now and in the future.

Applications for the Regional Skills Relocation Grant have been extended until 15 December 2023, with $1.7 million in funding available.

For all program information, including guidelines, key dates, eligibility and applicant resources, and to make an application, please visit the Regional Skills Relocation Grant page.

Strategic Review Response Summary 

When administration of the Regional Skills Relocation Grant was transferred to DRNSW in February 2021 we commissioned a strategic review of the grant program to identify opportunities to improve program design and increase uptake of the grant.

A strategic review response summary (PDF 254.25KB) has been prepared and is available for your information.

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