$50m local job-creation fund open for applications

A Commonwealth initiative supporting local job-creation has opened for applications, with up to $1 million available for innovative projects.

The $50 million National Priority Fund will finance proposals “that address structural and other barriers to attract, recruit and retain Australian job seekers and workers in employment and/or complement job creation initiatives”.

The fund is part of the Local Jobs Program, which was expanded and extended on 1 July to cover all 51 employment regions across the country and to help communities address barriers to locals getting into work as well as any skills and labour challenges holding back local economies.

Click here to submit an EOI.

Two information sessions on submitting EOIs are being conducted by the federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Click here to register for the session being held on 27 July at 2.30pm (AEST) and here for the 3 August session at 11.30am (AEST).

Those unable to attend the information session who want have further questions answered can contact LocalJobsPurchasing@dese.gov.au

The department is also encouraging councils to alert stakeholders in their LGA to the EOI process.

Applications close at 3pm (AEST) on 16 August.