Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) - South Coast region, NSW

The Regional Jobs and Investment Package for the South Coast region in New South Wales is a $20 million investment by the Australian Government to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in the region.

  • Status: Open
  • Delivered by: AusIndustry

Overview

The program’s intended outcomes are to drive economic growth and create jobs by investing in projects that will:

  • diversify regional economies
  • stimulate long term growth
  • deliver sustainable employment
  • enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors.

Local priorities and growth industries that will drive economic growth and create jobs in the NSW South Coast region are identified through a Local Investment Plan.

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Map of NSW South Coast region

The Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) region covers the three local government areas of Eurobodalla Shire Council, Shoalhaven City Council and Bega Valley Shire Council.

NSW South Coast region covers the three local government areas of Eurobodalla Shire Council, Shoalhaven City Council and Bega Valley Shire Council.

NSW South Coast RJIP boundary

Local Planning Committee

The Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, has appointed a Local Planning Committee in the NSW South Coast region to develop the Local Investment Plan.

The Local Investment Plan will identify strategic industry priorities for the region, including industry growth sectors, new market opportunities and future workforce needs.

Local Planning Committee membership

  • Ms Fiona Hatcher (Chair)
  • Mr Russell Fitzpatrick
  • Cr Joanna Gash AM
  • Ms Natalie Godward
  • Mr Paul Goodwin
  • Mr Les Kosez
  • Ms Donna Payne
  • Ms Jenny Robb
  • Mr Zachary Sequoia

In addition, the following Australian and state government representatives will contribute in an advisory role:

  • Ms Tracey Freeman, Department of Employment
  • Mr Nigel McKinnon, NSW Office of Regional Development

Local Investment Plan

To be competitive for funding, your project must align with the Local Investment Plan for the NSW South Coast region.

What support or funding is available?

The funding available to the NSW South Coast region is $20 million over the three grant funding streams. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

You are required to provide the remaining 50 per cent as co-funding towards your project. If you are a non-business applicant experiencing exceptional circumstances you may seek an exemption from the co-funding requirement. For further details regarding co-funding and the exceptional circumstances co-funding exemption refer to the program guidelines.

Local infrastructure grants

These grants are for local governing bodies and not-for-profit organisations to invest in new or upgraded infrastructure. These projects will capitalise on opportunities for growth, deliver long-term economic benefits to regional communities and create jobs.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000
  • The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Business innovation grants

These grants will enable business to build scale and capability to be competitive in new or growing markets that create sustainable employment.

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000
  • The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Skills and training grants

These grants will provide funding to local government bodies and agencies and not for profit organisations. These projects will support training and upskilling of the regional workforce to meet regional priorities, take advantage of emerging opportunities and withstand major labour market changes.

  • There is no minimum grant amount
  • The maximum grant amount is the limit of grant funding for the region

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply under any grant funding stream you must have an ABN.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply as follows.

Local infrastructure and Skills and training

To be eligible you must be one of the following entities:

  • a local government agency or body
  • a not for profit organisation that is a legal entity and has been established for at least two years prior to the time of applying.

Business innovation

To be eligible you must be non-tax-exempt and one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible to apply under any grant funding stream your project must:

  • be located within an eligible RJIP region, or you must be able to demonstrate that your project will directly benefit an RJIP region and align with the Local Investment Plan
  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure.

Local infrastructure projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • be a capital project or support a future capital project involving the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure
  • have at least $100,000 in eligible expenditure, or have at least $50,000 in eligible expenditure if you are granted an exceptional circumstances co-funding exemption
  • be ready to commence work within 12 weeks of executing a grant agreement.

Business innovation projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • expand or grow your business
  • have at least $100,000 in total eligible expenditure
  • be ready to commence work within 12 weeks of executing a grant agreement.

Skills and training projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • deliver skills and training to learners other than your employees.

For more detailed eligibility criteria you should refer to the program guidelines.

What are the merit criteria?

If eligible we will assess your application against the merit criteria. To be competitive you must score highly against all of the following merit criteria:

  1. the extent to which your project addresses the Local Investment Plan’s investment sectors and strategic priorities
  2. the level of net economic benefit your project will deliver to the region during and beyond the project period (Local infrastructure and Skills and training projects)

    (or)

    the level of net economic benefit the project will create for your business and the region during and beyond the project period (Business innovation projects)
  3. the value for money offered by your project
  4. your capacity, capability and resources to carry out the project.

Additional details are available in the program guidelines.

How do I apply?

The application form will be available on 31 May 2017 and applications will close on 31 July 2017.

Before applying you should read and understand the program guidelines, the sample application form and the sample grant agreements. View the sample application form and grant agreements available under the 'Key documents' section.

To apply online, you must go to the “I’m ready to apply” tab on this page. You must:

  • complete the relevant application form
  • provide all the information requested
  • address all eligibility and merit criteria
  • include all necessary attachments.

If you are unable to complete the online application form, call us on 13 28 46 or email rjip@industry.gov.au.

How will you assess my application?

We first assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We will assess your application against the merit criteria and compare it to other eligible applications in your region, and across all streams, before recommending which projects to fund.

We may also seek advice from local, state or territory and Australian Government agencies, independent experts and other external parties.

We then provide advice to a Ministerial Panel on eligible applications and recommendations on which projects to fund. The Ministerial Panel decides which grants to approve taking into account our recommendations and the availability of grant funds.

How will I know if I am successful?

If your application is successful you will receive a written offer. If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

How will payments be made?

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will contain the schedule for payments.

We will make payments quarterly unless otherwise agreed, in arrears, based on:

  • your achievement of milestones
  • eligible expenditure incurred
  • our acceptance of satisfactory progress reports.

Grants for Skills and training projects will receive an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement.

Key documents


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