Media Release – $20m Regional Jobs and Investment Package now open for applications

Businesses, councils and not-for-profit groups are encouraged to apply for a share of $20 million Federal Government funding available to expand existing businesses, improve employee skills and create sustainable jobs as part of the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

The Wide Bay Burnett region will distribute $20 million across three funding streams – Infrastructure, Business Innovation and Skills and Training. Applicants in the competitive grants process will be expected to co-contribute at least 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

The online funding round opens today for eight weeks (May 31 and closes on July 31).

RDA Wide Bay Burnett Chair Bill Trevor said the Wide Bay Burnett was one of just 10 regions across the country selected to participate in the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

“This $20 million is a welcome investment by the Australian Government to help diversity the economy, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment across the Wide Bay Burnett region,” Cr Trevor said.

“This is a great opportunity for the communities of the Wide Bay Burnett to submit applications for key projects that will bring forward business expansion, boost the local economy and create sustainable jobs. To be considered eligible, projects must align with the Wide Bay Burnett Local Investment Plan.”

The Wide Bay Burnett Local Investment Plan was developed by a Local Planning Committee to identify strategic industry priorities for the region.

“This specific, targeted, and tailored investment pool will assist existing local businesses to grow and offer incentives for metropolitan based businesses to expand their businesses into the Wide Bay Burnett region – creating new sustainable jobs.”

To assist applicants, the grants facilitator AusIndustry will be conducting information sessions for businesses, local government bodies and not for profit organisations across the Wide Bay Burnett region.

Information session will be held at the following locations:

Register for Bundaberg Monday 5th June 2017
8:30am – 10:00am
Bundaberg Enterprise Centre
Cnr Quay and Tantitha Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Register for Gympie Monday 5th June 2017
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Gunabul Homestead
9 Power Road
Gympie QLD 4570
Register for Kingaroy Tuesday 6th June 2017
9:30am – 11:00am
Kingaroy RSL
Cnr Markwell Street and Short
Street Kingaroy QLD 4610
Register for Gayndah Tuesday 6th June 2017
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Gayndah Town Hall
Supper Room
32-34 Capper Street
Gayndah QLD 4625
Register for Maryborough Monday 12th June 2017
10:00am – 11:30am
Federation Room
Brolga Theatre
5 Walker Street
Maryborough QLD 4650

The three streams for funding are?

  1. Local Infrastructure Stream – These grants are for local government bodies and agencies and not for profit organisations to invest in new or upgraded infrastructure projects. These projects will capitalise on opportunities for growth, deliver long-term economic benefits to regional communities, and create jobs.
  2. Business Innovation Stream – These grants will enable businesses to build scale and capability to be competitive in new or growing markets that create sustainable employment. Eligible activities may include:
    • acquiring, installing, constructing and commissioning new machinery and equipment
    • fit out, alterations and/or extensions to existing premises related to the new machinery or equipment
    • acquiring and developing new technology such as computer software and hardware
    • nationally recognised, accredited or tailored training that is directly related to the project
    • training required to navigate export barriers and/or access foreign markets
    • expanding your business operations or opening new outlets in an eligible region
    • moving your business from other areas of Australia to the eligible region. However, if you are relocating your business you must demonstrate that there are no significant negative impacts to the location you are moving from
    • feasibility studies to support new business activity.
    • We may also consider other activities to be eligible.
  3. Skills and Training Stream – 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.

Information about the program including the Wide Bay Burnett Local Investment Plan, program fact sheets and program guidelines are available at: business.gov.au/RJIP

AusIndustry are available to answer questions about your project over the phone, through email and by appointment to Deborah Mead on 4151 0660 or Deborah.mead@industry.gov.au

For comment please contact Regional Jobs and Investment Committee Chair Bill Trevor on 0428 988 116.