Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job

Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job (RATTUAJ) is an Australian Government program that assists eligible participants to relocate to take up an offer of employment. Relocation assistance helps participants accept work outside of their area by removing the financial barriers that can prevent people relocating.

Job seekers who are participating in employment services programs may be immediately eligible for help with their moving costs under the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job program.

From 1 May 2021, if you relocate to take up ongoing work, including an apprenticeship, for more than 20 hours a week for more than six months, you may be eligible to receive up to: 

  • $3,000 if you relocate to a capital city*
  • $6,000 if you relocate to a regional area
  • An extra $3,000 if you relocate with a dependent. 

* If relocating from one capital city to a capital city with fewer jobs, you may not be able to access relocation assistance.

Employment services providers can use up to $2,000 to provide upfront support to job seekers who need assistance with agreed relocation costs.

How can I access Relocation Assistance?

To see if you are eligible for RATTUAJ, talk to your jobactive, Disability Employment Services, ParentsNext, Transition to Work, or Community Development Program provider. The following factsheet provide further information.

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How do I access Relocation assistance

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  • If you are registered with a jobactive, Disability Employment Services, ParentsNext, Transition to Work, or Community Development Program provider, ask them about eligibility information and the assistance available.
  • You can also call the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.
  • If you are interested in relocation support for short term agricultural work, contact your local Harvest Trail Services (HTS) provider or the Harvest Trail Information Service on 1800 062 332 for assistance.
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AgMove relocation assistance

From 1 November 2020, relocation assistance will be available for people who relocate to take up short-term agricultural work, including harvest work.

When you relocate to a regional, remote or harvest area to take up short-term seasonal harvest work, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help with the costs of travel and accommodation.

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