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Remote Jobs and Economic Development Program

In February 2024, the Australian Government announced that it would invest $707 million to deliver a new Remote Jobs and Economic Development (RJED) program to start in the second half of 2024. The new program will provide people in remote communities with meaningful jobs with fair pay and conditions.

The RJED program is being developed in partnership with First Nations people and will initially fund 3,000 jobs over three years.

This program is about real jobs that are supported by employment services.

It will support remote communities to determine local projects and job priorities to increase economic opportunities in their areas.

A $185 million Community Jobs and Business Fund will be an important element of the RJED program and responds to what communities have overwhelmingly asked for. As part of this fund, community organisations can identify projects the community needs and apply for funding of minor capital and equipment.

There will also be a focus on young people to improve their employment opportunities once they’ve finished school.

As not everyone will be ready to go into a job or may require other support services, a remote employment service will still be needed.

Community Development Program (CDP) services will continue through an extension of most CDP provider agreements until 30 June 2025, before a new remote employment service begins.

You can read:

Consultation opportunities

Consultations are now underway on the design and delivery of a new jobs program and how it should work. This includes face-to-face and virtual consultations in remote communities, a discussion paper, an online survey and supporting resources.

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First Nations Reference Group

A new First Nations Reference Group was established in March 2024 to oversee and advise on the design and implementation of the RJED program.

You can read Minister Burney's media release about the First Nations Reference Group and its Terms of Reference.

You can read the Group's communiqués from their meetings below:


Job trials

The current three job trials underway – the New Jobs Program Trial, CDP Trials and Ngaanyatjarra Lands Trial – are helping us test what works and what doesn’t work so we can create the best possible program for the future. 

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