Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive

Applications for a Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive cannot be made until at least 3 months after the applicant commences employment in a regional job or commences self-employment in a regional small business.

Note: this scheme closed on 31 March 2015. Applications and supporting documents for employment commencing on or before 31 March 2015 must be received by 30 September 2015. Applications received after this date cannot be accepted.

The Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides a $10,000 grant for an eligible employment or self-employment relocation. The grant is paid in two equal instalments, with the second instalment being paid at least 12 months after the first. The second instalment will be paid even though the grant closed on 31 March 2015.

To be eligible you must:

  • have commenced employment in a regional job or self-employment in a regional small business on or after 1 January 2014 and before 31 March 2015

  • be a natural person and an Australian citizen or permanent resident on the date you commence employment in the regional job or commence self-employment in a regional small business 

  • be employed in one or more regional jobs on a full time basis for at least 2 years collectively, over a 3-year period. In the case of a regional small business you must be self-employed in the business for at least 2 years

  • have, in the 12 months before commencing your regional employment or self-employment, had your principal place of residence in one or more metropolitan homes for a continuous period of 2 years

  • relocate to a regional area.

Each metropolitan home you occupied over the 2-year continuous period must be outside a 100 kilometre radius from both the regional home and the regional principal place of employment or principal place of business. This 100 kilometre test will also apply to any change of address of the regional home, regional place of employment or regional place of business in the 2 years following your relocation.

From 12 May 2014, relocations may be taken to satisfy the distance requirement if each relevant metropolitan home is outside a 50 kilometres radius from both the regional home and the regional principal place of employment (or principal place of business), and no relevant metropolitan home is in a local government area that is adjacent to a local government area in which any regional home or principal place of employment (or principal place of business) is located.

Note: If your application is based on establishing or purchasing a small business in a regional area you must complete a business advisory program approved by the Small Business Commissioner unless:

  • you are purchasing only part of a regional small business (at least 50%)

  • the other partner has operated the business for at least 2 years and will continue in the business for at least another 2 years.

Applications for the Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive cannot be made after 30 September 2015.

Last updated: 17 March 2016