Regional NSW - Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Business Applications 

Applications are now open for eligible businesses that are operating in an eligible regional NSW industry.

If you have not yet registered, please contact the Regional Skills Relocation Grant team within the Department of Regional NSW. Eligible businesses will need to apply for the RSRG and receive a pre-approval confirmation from the Department, prior to employing an individual for that skilled worker role.


P: 1300 679 673

W: Invest Regional NSW


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 (Greater Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and interstate capital cities) to regional NSW (all of NSW excluding Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong) with the regional residence at least 50 km from original metropolitan residence
  • are relocating to 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

Industries identified in the REDS reflect the regions competitive advantage and ability to trade their goods outside the local area or sell their services to non-locals. Retail and restaurants are ineligible because they only operate and sell locally.

How to apply

Eligible businesses operating in eligible industries will be invited to complete an application form via SmartyGrants. Please email to register your interest.

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.


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