The Regional Employment Trials program helps local stakeholders provide employment and training related assistance to unemployed people.

Please note funding for new applications has now closed

How it works

Employment Facilitators will work with Regional Development Australia (RDA) to help develop employment and training projects that connect job seekers to local employment opportunities.

The Regional Employment Trials Program will deliver:

  • stronger connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
  • tailored employment initiatives that meet local needs
  • improved awareness of local labour markets
  • the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

The Regional Employment Trials program concludes on 30 June 2021.

Project eligibility

To run a Regional Employment Trials Program you'll need to be a:

  • local government organisation
  • employer
  • training organisation
  • not-for-profit
  • other community group that provides employment or training to unemployed local people
  • Regional Development Australia Committee
  • jobactive, ParentsNext or Transition to Work Employment Services Providers

Funding for projects

A Local Employment Initiative Fund of $10 million is available for the 10 regions involved in the Regional Employment Trials program.

If eligible, you can apply for a grant between $7,500 and $200,000 for a project that helps create local jobs.

Successful projects include:

  • pre-apprenticeship placement programs
  • mature aged residents and local business leaders mentoring job seekers
  • preparing job seekers for future infrastructure projects in the region
  • work experience projects aligned with local employment opportunities

See if you're eligible for funding.

Areas involved and local contacts

State Region Employment Facilitator

Northern Inland RDA

Far South Coast RDA

Bronwyn Pearson

Andrew Wales


Melbourne (Western Melbourne/North Western Melbourne Employment Regions only *)

Gippsland RDA

Terry Kennedy


Luke Arber


Townsville and North West (Townsville Employment Region only *)

Wide Bay Burnett RDA

Murray Lehmann (Townsville)

Tamilyn Brennan (Cairns/Mt Isa)

Austin Ryann

South Australia

Murraylands and Riverland RDA

Yorke and Mid North RDA

Christine Willersdorf

Lisa Brock

Western Australia Peel RDA Maryanne Baker
Tasmania Tasmania (North and North Western Tasmania Employment Region only *) James McCormack

* Employment Regions are boundaries used by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to administer many of their employment services programs.


For more information, you can:

If you're a grant recipient, see the following information on the AusIndustry website:

More information

Find jobs in regional Australia

The Regional Employment Trials (RET) program can also help you find work in regional Australia.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Live in one of the RET regions
  • Are part of the jobactive, ParentsNext or Transition to Work programs.

You can also volunteer to participate. Contact your local Employment Facilitator for more details.

Contact an Employment Facilitator