Regional Employment Trials

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Provides local stakeholders in ten selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants between $7,500 and $200,000 to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • implement the project in one of the eligible trial regions
  • be one of the following entities:
    • an entity incorporated in Australia
    • a local government agency or body
    • Regional Development Australia committee.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

The Regional Employment Trials program provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects. Regions are primarily based on Regional Development Australia boundaries, unless indicated otherwise.

The objectives of the program are to deliver:

  • strong 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

The ten Regional Development Australia regions eligible for the Regional Employment Trials Program are:

State Eligible regions

New South Wales

Northern Inland

Far South Coast

Victoria

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

Gippsland

Queensland

Townsville and North West (Townsville Employment Region only)

Wide Bay Burnett

South Australia

Murraylands and Riverland

Yorke and Mid North

Western Australia

Peel

Tasmania

Tasmania (North and North Western Tasmania Employment Region only)

The eligible regions are also available at appendix D of the grant opportunity guidelines and in the Regional Development Australia Regions and Contacts document below.

The minimum grant amount is $7,500.

The maximum grant amount is $200,000.

The grant amount will be up to 75 per cent of eligible project costs.

You must complete your project before 30 June 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • implement the project in one of the eligible trial regions.

And be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia
  • a local government agency or body as defined in appendix A
  • a Regional Development Australia committee.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a Commonwealth, State or Territory government body (including government business enterprises) unless acting as the legal entity for an unincorporated Regional Development Australia committee
  • a trust (however an incorporated trustee can apply on behalf of a trust).

To be eligible your project must:

  • provide opportunities and assistance to help unemployed people prepare for and find work
  • have at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score at least 50 per cent against each merit criterion.

  • Merit criterion 1 The extent to which the project will deliver employment outcomes in your region (30 points or 60 points if an RDA related proposal)
  • Merit criterion 2 The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. The guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

Before you apply, you must submit information about your project to your local RDA committee using the RDA project proposal template under Key documents.

We strongly encourage you to contact your local employment facilitator to discuss your proposed project with them. Your employment facilitator will help guide you through the RDA assessment process to ensure your project is aligned to local employment priorities, and connect you with an employment services provider if needed.

The contact details for your employment facilitator are available at the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

The RDA committee will score your proposal out of 30, taking into account how the project aligns with local employment priorities. The RDA committee will provide you with written feedback using the RDA project proposal template which you must attach to your full grant application.

If your proposal scores less than 15, we strongly advise you not to proceed with a full application, as it is unlikely to be supported under the program.

In the Project Partners section of the application form you will need to enter the name of the jobactive, ParentsNext or Transition to Work employment services provider partnering on the project, who will complete a risk assessment for the project as part of the grant agreement. Where your application includes a partnership with more than one provider, please also include their details in the Project Partners section of the application form.

To apply, fill in the online application form.

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How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. The RDA assessment is also taken into consideration. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers. The sample application form displays character limits.

The Department of Jobs and Small Business State Manager decides which grants to approve in their state taking into account the application assessment and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, we will email you and include in the email any specific conditions attached to the grant offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will email you and give you an opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

For projects up to six months long and with a grant up to $50,000, we will pay 90 per cent of the grant on execution of the grant agreement. We set aside a minimum of 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

For projects longer than six months or with a grant more than $50,000, we will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments six monthly in advance, based on your forecast eligible expenditure and adjusted for unspent amounts from previous payments. We set aside a minimum of 5 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Regional Employment Trials Information for Grant Recipients
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement – simple
  • RDA Committee Project Proposal Template
  • Regional Development Australia Regions and Contacts
  • Participant Registration and Privacy Form
  • Sample Timesheet Template

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