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The 1,000 Jobs Package increases employment opportunities in remote Australia for Community Development Program (CDP) participants. Eligible employers could receive financial support of up to $61,058.36 (GST exclusive) over two years, including retention bonuses, to help them hire a CDP participant in a new, ongoing job located in a CDP region.

The 1,000 Jobs Package Grant round closed to new applications on 30 June 2023.

Tranche One

Tranche One was open from 1 September 2019 to 30 December 2019 with an initial grant opportunity of up to 200 subsidies.

Tranche Two

The current Grant Opportunity Guidelines (Tranche Two) opened on 31 December 2019 and closed on 30 June 2023.

Any applications that were received before the grant round closer will be processed in line with the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. Applications received after 30 June 2023 will not be accepted.


Employers could receive 1,000 Jobs Package funding if they met all the eligibility criteria in the Tranche Two grant opportunity guidelines. This includes having an Australian Business Number (ABN) and offering a job that:

  • is new, ongoing, part-time or full-time job for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  • employs a CDP participant and is located in a CDP region.
  • complies with all relevant Commonwealth and state/territory legislation and regulations, including Work Health and Safety and relevant employment standards. 

Employers applying for the Youth Engagement Jobs stream must meet additional eligibility criteria, including creating jobs that:

  • have duties primarily focused on working with people aged 24 years and under to strengthen their engagement with their culture and community and/or promote mental health and social wellbeing (These are jobs to support youth, not necessarily jobs for youth)
  • will be filled by CDP participants that have (or have the ability to gain prior to employment) appropriate registrations or qualifications (i.e. working with vulnerable people registration).

Some jobs are not eligible for a 1,000 Jobs Package wage subsidy, including:

  • casual jobs
  • work that displaces an existing employee
  • jobs that are to be fully funded under another Commonwealth government program or a state or territory government program.

More information

Further information is available in the 1,000 Jobs Package resources.

For 1,000 Jobs Package general enquires please email or call 1800 079 098.

Visit the CDP website for details about CDP, including where CDP operates and CDP providers.


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