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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Regional Skills Relocation Grant

The Regional Skills Relocation Grant website is the main source of information. Please read the website thoroughly if you have not already done so.


Business Applications 

Applications for businesses registered with the NSW Department of Industry Investment Concierge are now open

If you have not yet registered, please contact the NSW Investment Concierge on:


p: +612 8222 4888


Who can apply

Businesses must be operating in a NSW regional eligible industry and:

  • relocating to, or setting up in, regional NSW and creating at least five ongoing full time equivalent (FTE) jobs in a regional local community; or
  • already operating in regional NSW and seeking to recruit eligible workers.

The business must be seeking employees that:

  • are relocating from a metropolitan area to regional NSW with the regional residence at least 50 km from original metropolitan residence and within the same region as the eligible business
  • have an occupation listed on the NSW Department of Industry Skilled Occupation List
  • are Australian citizens or permanent residents on the date they commence employment.

For occupations, businesses should refer to the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List and NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List.

Eligible industries

Businesses should refer to the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) for the region they are relocating to, setting up in, or already operating in. Eligible industries vary by region and are identified in the REDS. For further information on industry eligibility and to read the REDS for your region, visit

How to apply

Registered businesses operating in eligible industries will be identified through the NSW Investment Concierge and invited to complete an application form via SmartyGrants.

All applications must be made online and will be required to provide the following information:

  • business information including ABN and contact details
  • regional NSW location and local government area
  • summary of the business and number of employees
  • business industry and how it aligns with the Regional Economic Development Strategy for the region
  • skilled occupations to be recruited and how they are relevant to the business.


Skilled Workers

An Expression of Interest (EOI) form is available for skilled workers in metropolitan areas to register their details, occupation and interest in the NSW regions they would consider relocating to.

Information provided in the EOI form will be offered to businesses deemed eligible under the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to help match skilled workers with businesses seeking their skills. Submission of the EOI form does not guarantee a role with a regional NSW business.

Visit for an overview of the eligible occupations. Please refer to the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List and NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List.


There are no rounds available for Regional Skills Relocation Grant at the moment.