Regional Employment Trials

Grant opportunity for employment initiatives in north and north-west Tasmania

Applications open: 2 October 2018 9:00 AEST

RDA Tasmania proudly supports the Regional Employment Trial for north and north-west Tasmania, which will include $1 million from the Australian Government for a Local Employment Initiative Fund. The Australian Government introduced the Regional Employment Trials Program to trial local approaches to identify employment challenges and tailored solutions that take into account regional labour market variations.

The Regional Employment Trial aligns with the priorities for Tasmania laid out in RDA Tasmania's Regional Plan, which is a comprehensive review of Tasmania's economy and the factors that could improve economic conditions. See Section 7 'Implementation of RDA Priorities' for an overview of the types of projects and initiatives that could address local needs. Before applying, a RDA Project Proposal Form must be submitted to RDA Tasmania. We will assess your RDA Project Proposal Form to check that your project fits with local employment priorities and that your project will make a difference. A stronger Project Proposal Form will reflect our Regional Plan.

More information on eligibility and processes to apply for funding is available in the Regional Employment Trials Grant Opportunity Guidelines, which is available for download at

What are the key deliverables for this program?

The program aims to test regional and local approaches to delivering employment related projects.

These approaches will deliver:

  • Stronger connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
  • Employment initiatives that meet local needs
  • Improved awareness of local labour markets
  • The potential for improved regional employment outcomes.

How will projects be supported?

  • Employment Facilitators have been engaged to work with RDA committees to help develop local employment projects.
  • A Local Employment Initiative Fund of $1 million, providing grants of between $7,500 and $200,000 to local stakeholders for employment related projects.
  • All projects will include a co-contribution element of a minimum of 25 per cent of the project costs. This could be financial or in-kind contributions.

What type of projects could be funded?

Examples of the types of employment projects that could be developed include:

  • Mature age residents and local business leaders mentoring job seekers
  • Preparing job seekers to be skilled and ready for employment in upcoming infrastructure projects
  • Work experience projects aligned with local employment opportunities.

Who is eligible to apply for grants?

  • Local stakeholders includes; local government, employers, training organisations, employment services providers, not-for-profits and other community organisations able to develop employment-related projects to assist unemployed people
  • All proposals must be partnered with an employment services provider

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