Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

The Aus­tralian Govern­ment is in­vest­ing $20 mil­lion in the Re­gional Jobs and In­vest­ment Pack­ages (RJIP) to help di­ver­sify re­gional economies, stim­u­late eco­nomic growth and de­liver sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment in ten pi­lot re­gions. Ap­pli­ca­tions are open now and will close on 31 July 2017. The pro­gram’s in­tended out­comes are to drive eco­nomic growth and cre­ate jobs by in­vest­ing in projects that will: •di­ver­sify re­gional economies •stim­u­late long term growth •de­liver sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment •en­able ap­pli­cants to en­ter new mar­kets and sec­tors. Three streams of fund­ing are avail­able un­der the pro­gram: Lo­cal In­fra­struc­ture for lo­cal govern­ment bod­ies and agen­cies and not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­vest in new or up­graded in­fra­struc­ture projects. These projects will cap­i­talise on op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth, de­liver long-term eco­nomic ben­e­fits to re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, and cre­ate jobs. Busi­ness In­no­va­tion that en­able busi­ness to build scale and ca­pa­bil­ity to be com­pet­i­tive in new or grow­ing mar­kets that cre­ate sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment. Skills and train­ing to pro­vide fund­ing to lo­cal govern­ment bod­ies and agen­cies and not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tions. These projects will sup­port train­ing and up­skilling of the re­gional work­force to meet re­gional pri­or­i­ties, take ad­van­tage of emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and with­stand ma­jor labour mar­ket changes.

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