Release type: Media Release


Regional Employment Trials to boost job opportunities


The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP
Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations
Minister for Women

A new trial program which will help empower local communities to design and implement local solutions to unemployment in their regions commences today.

The Coalition Government’s $18.4 million Regional Employment Trials program encourages local stakeholders to design solutions to local employment issues, and runs until 30 June 2020.

The program recognises that partnering with local communities in designing employment solutions which reflect their local community’s own distinct needs can lead to stronger engagement and more effective employment outcomes.

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, said the Government recognises that some regions in Australia face unique challenges and require innovative and tailored solutions to local employment problems.

"The Regional Employment Trials program brings together local expertise to improve employment opportunities for people looking for work in these regions,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

"I especially want to encourage industry to partner with the community to invest in low-skilled and untrained workers and individuals who haven’t worked in a long time — to give more people an opportunity to become more productive and contribute to the economy.”

Under the program, trial regions will receive $1 million in grant funding, with local stakeholders able to apply for individual grants of between $7,500 and $200,000 for employment-related projects such as mentoring programs and the upskilling of local unemployed people to become more job ready.

The program will help people in regional communities to get a job.

Since the Coalition came to office in 2013, more than 1.1 million jobs have been created.

"Under the Coalition Government, there are more Australians in work than ever before and more Australians in full-time work than ever before. But there is more to do, and programs like the Regional Employment Trials will help us to boost jobs in our regional communities,” Minister O’Dwyer concluded.

Further information can be found at


Regional Employment Trial Regions

New South Wales

  • Northern Inland
  • Far South Coast




  • Melbourne (Western Melbourne/North Western Melbourne Employment Regions only)
  • Gippsland



  • Townsville and North West (Townsville Employment Region only)
  • Wide Bay Burnett


South Australia

  • Murraylands and Riverland
  • Yorke and Mid North


Western Australia


  • Peel



  • Tasmania (North and North Western Tasmania Employment Region only)