AUS: Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job

Australian Government
Closing Date: 31/12/2021

Relocation assistance helps participants accept work outside of their area by removing the financial barriers that can prevent people relocating.

From 1 December 2020, all job seekers participating in employment service programs will be immediately eligible for the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job program.

If you relocate to take up work, you may be eligible to receive up to:

  • $3,000 if you relocate to a capital city
  • $6,000 if you relocate to a regional area
  • An extra $3,000 if you relocate with a dependent

From 1 November 2020, relocation assistance will be available to people who relocate to harvest and regional areas to take up short-term agricultural work, including Australians who are not receiving income support and those with the right to work in Australia.

If you relocate to take up short-term agricultural work, you may be eligible to receive up to:

  • $6,000 if you are an Australian worker
  • $2,000 if you are a visa holder with the right to work in Australia

You can get relocation assistance if you move to take up any ongoing work including an apprenticeship, or if you move to a harvest,  regional or remote area to take up short-term agricultural work, including harvest work. If your new job is in the agricultural sector, including harvest work, it must be for at least six weeks (and at least 120 hours) of work. Otherwise, your new job must be for more than 30 hours a week and ongoing for six months. For more information about relocation assistance for short-term agricultural work go to the Jobsearch website.

Key Criteria:

Providers must ensure the proposed relocation is:

  • within Australia;
  • at least 90 minutes away from the Participant’s current residence (using their regular mode of transport) (and within at least 90 minutes from the job); and
  • not within the same capital city.
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