31 May 2017

Information sessions for Regional Jobs and Investment Fund

The Turnbull government will hold two information sessions in Geelong and Colac on our $20m Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) which opens to applications today.

Local businesses, councils and not for profit organisations are encouraged to attend to learn about the priorities of the RJIP and how to maximise their chances of securing funding under the regional fund.

The information sessions will be held at:

  • Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre (COPACC) in Gellibrand Street Colac at 9am on Friday 16 June 2017; and
  • Greater Geelong City Hall, Gheringhap Street, Geelong at 9am on Monday 19 June 2017.

I am very proud that the Geelong and Corangamite region is one of only 10 regions across Australia which has secured one of these regional funding opportunities.

The RJIP is aimed at investing in projects that will diversify regional economies, stimulate long term growth, deliver sustainable employment and enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors.

Funding will be available across three streams: Local Infrastructure, Business Innovation and Skills and Training.

I am proud of the work which has been completed by our Regional Jobs and Investment Taskforce led by Deakin Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander.  The taskforce has developed a strong Local Investment Plan which will guide the government’s funding decisions.

Anyone wishing to attend one of the local RJIP information sessions is asked to register on the RJIP website https://www.business.gov.au/events/regional-jobs-and-investment-packages-information-session

The RJIP will build on other local investments announced in the Federal budget including our $100m Advanced Manufacturing Fund and the $100m investment towards the Geelong rail duplication project.

Details of how to apply for RJIP funding can be found at www.business.gov.au/rjip

31 May 2017