Regional Employment Trials – A Tasmanian Success Story

Regional Employment Trials – A Tasmanian Success Story

An opportunity for work experience and job referrals

Recognising that some regions face challenges in terms of employment opportunities and growth, the Australian Government through the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has introduced the Regional Employment Trials (RET) program in 10 disadvantaged regions, starting 1 October 2018. Tasmania’s north and north-west regions are included in the trial. 

The trial provides the opportunity for local governments, employers, training organisations, employment services providers and community organisations to design and deliver employment and training related opportunities and assistance to unemployed people in their region.

A Local Employment Initiative Fund of $1 million was made available in each of the 10 regions, providing grants of between $7,500 and $200,000 for employment related projects. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tasmania played a key role in the identification, assessment and promotion of RET projects to ensure they align with local needs. The program runs from 1 October 2018 and will conclude on 30 June 2020.

In Tasmania the $1 million fund has been allocated. Working with employment services providers, these projects will support approximately 700 job seekers prepare for employment across a number of locally relevant tailored activities.

The RDA Tasmania Committee encourages employment services providers and employers to support the trial projects by matching participants with work experience and job opportunities. If you’d like more information you can contact the North and North-West Employment Facilitator, James McCormack on 0428 299 262 or

For more information on the role RDA Tasmania has provided, you can contact RDA Tasmania’s CEO and Director of Regional Development, Craig Perkins on 04 09 395 195 or

A summary of each project can be found here