National Priority Fund

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The Request for Proposal for Workforce Australia Local Jobs National Priority Fund 2023-2025 has now closed.

The National Priority Fund, part of the Local Jobs program, is designed to help address structural and other barriers to employment faced by people in our communities and facilitate job creation.

The six priorities of the Fund are:

  • Supporting more First Nations people in employment, education or training in areas where Employment Regions and Community Development Program meet;
  • Supporting young people into the labour market through paid job placements in social enterprises;
  • Supporting mature age people to participate in the workforce and connect to jobs;
  • Supporting communities to become more resilient develop new employment opportunities as part of the transition to Net Zero;
  • Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) women through tailored self-employment programs; and
  • Redesigning jobs to better align with the skills and capabilities of people seeking work.

Projects under the fund range from $200,000 to $1 million (GST exclusive) and must be completed by 30 June 2025.

Successful National Priority Fund Projects

Following a previous tender process, the National Priority Fund is supporting the delivery of these projects (click on links for detailed information on each project):

Employment Region (State/Territory) Initiative Name Organisation Start Date/End Date
Central West NSW The Trauma-Informed Individual Placement and Support (TI-IPS) program Veritas House 3/3/2023 to 30/6/2025
New England and North West NSW The Regional Employment Agricultural Project (REAP) Northern Settlement Services 16/2/2023 to 30/6/2025
New England and North West NSW The Mobile Connection Hub Community College Northern Inland 8/9/2022 to 30/6/2025
Sydney South West NSW Entry Level Academy program Macarthur Workplace Learning Program 1/5/2023 to 30/6/2024
Darwin (includes Alice Springs) NT Care for Career Crest NT 24/2/2023 to 30/6/2025
Adelaide North SA The Northern Adelaide Plains Food Cluster (NAPFC) Workforce Development program Northern Adelaide Plains Food Cluster 16/2/2022 to 31/3/2024
North West Country SA Young Women Lead, Empower and Develop program Catholic Country South Australia 31/3/2023 to 30/6/2025

Mid North SA


North West Country SA

Port Lincoln Youth Development Hub (YDH) Australian Red Cross 28/6/2023 to 30/6/2025

Barwon VIC


South Coast of Victoria

The Supply Chain Talent Pipeline program Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network Inc 3/2/2023 to 30/11/2024

Hobart and Southern Tasmania


North and North Western Tasmania

Supporting Locals National Disability Services Ltd 22/9/2023 to 30/06/2025

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