Local Jobs Program

The Local Jobs Program brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to support job seekers and their communities in each region.  The program has a particular focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways and is part of supporting Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


As announced in the 2021-22 Budget, on July 1, the Local Jobs Program expanded to all 51 Employment Regions. 

The Request for Expressions of Interest for the National Priority Fund has now closed. Successful applicants will be invited by the department to submit a Request for Tender once submissions have been assessed.

Membership details for the newly formed Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces can now be found on the individual Employment Region pages.

As the outcomes of the Request for Tender for Employment Facilitator and Support Services 2021-2025 in 26 Employment Regions become available, they will be published on AusTender and made available on the individual Employment Region pages. 

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The Local Jobs Program supports tailored approaches to accelerate reskilling, upskilling and employment in 51 regions across Australia. Recognising that regions and their communities have been impacted by COVID-19 in varying ways, the program includes:

  • 51 Employment Facilitators across 51 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
  • a National Priority Funding Pool

View the Local Jobs fact sheet

Employment Facilitators

Employment Facilitators support the delivery of the Local Jobs Program across 51 Employment 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 Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces.

Representatives of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment support Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces in those regions awaiting the appointment of permanent Facilitators.

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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.

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Local Recovery Fund

The Local Recovery Fund supports activity proposals that meet the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan across the 51 regions. 

We encourage anyone interested in proposing Local Recovery Fund activities to contact their local Employment Facilitator to discuss further.

National Priority Fund

A total of $50 million (GST excl) over four years from 2021 to 2025 will be available under the National Priority Fund for initiatives that provide innovative local solutions to address barriers to employment for Australian job seekers.

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.

Contact Us

For further information on the Local Jobs Program, please email localjobs@dese.gov.au, or contact the department’s National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.