The Local Jobs Program runs to 30 June 2022 in 25 regions throughout Australia. It brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways for people in each region. The program is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 March 2021 - The Local Recovery Fund activities are being announced intermittently. Activity details are available on the individual region pages where relevant.
The Local Jobs Program supports tailored approaches to accelerate reskilling, upskilling and employment in 25 regions across Australia. Recognising that regions have been impacted by COVID-19 in varying ways, the program includes:
- 25 Employment Facilitators across 25 regions
- a Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce in each of these regions
- a Local Jobs Plan developed for each of these regions
- projects funded through a Local Recovery Fund in each of these regions.
View the Local Jobs fact sheet
25 Employment Facilitators support the delivery of the Local Jobs Program across 25 regions. Facilitators are contracted by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in each region to bring together key stakeholders including employers, employment services providers, higher education and training organisations to work collaboratively to address the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan. They also chair recently established Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces.
Representatives of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment have established Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces in those areas awaiting the appointment of their facilitators.
Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces
Each employment region has its own Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce. Representatives comprise those from the local region who have demonstrated experience in upskilling, reskilling and local economic development. They also have an ability to represent, connect and collaborate with others in the region and meet local labour market needs.
Membership of the Taskforce is voluntary. The Department may ask the Taskforce membership to be refreshed every six months or more frequently, if necessary, to reflect any updates to the Local Job Plan priorities. Final Taskforce membership is approved by the Department.
Expressions of Interest for Taskforce membership in the 25 Local Jobs Regions have now closed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Employment Facilitator in your region if you have any questions regarding this process.
Local Recovery Fund
The Local Recovery Fund supports activity proposals that meet the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan across the 25 regions.
Release 1 of the Fund has now closed. Applicants will be notified of the assessment outcomes shortly.
Eligibility for Local Jobs Program Activities
Eligible job seekers on a jobactive, ParentsNext, New Employment Services Trial or Transition to Work caseload will be able to participate in activities funded through the Local Recovery Fund. This will count towards their relevant Annual Activity/Participation Requirements. Please contact your employment services provider for further information.