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Jobs for NSW FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to some of the common questions we receive about our products and portfolio.

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When was Jobs for NSW established?

Jobs for NSW is a NSW Government-backed agency established in August 2016 to support the growth of new jobs across the state.

With a $190 million fund to invest over four years in a portfolio of job-creating initiatives, Jobs for NSW will help to transform regional communities and make our metropolitan cities world leaders in entrepreneurial activity — the growth engine of new jobs.

How long does the application process take?

For MVP grant applications, Jobs for NSW endeavours to complete assessment of each application within four (4) weeks of its submission, subject to volume of applications received.

For BP grant applications, please expect a review period of two (2) weeks following an Expression of Interest form submission, and once a full application has been received, we endeavour to complete an assessment within four (4) weeks, subject to the volume of applications received.

For loan applicants, a Client Engagement Advisor will contact you within two (2) working days and may ask you to complete an Expression of Interest form. Upon receipt of your completed form, your Advisor will advise you as your application progresses through the assessment framework.

Is there a limit to how many products I can apply for?

No, however you must only have one application in process at any one time.

If my application was unsuccessful, will I still be eligible for other support from Jobs for NSW?

Unsuccessful MVP or BP grant applicants are unable to resubmit an application for the same project unless Jobs for NSW reinvites the applicant.

For loan products, applicants who are unsuccessful in an initial round may re-apply, but must demonstrate that their business meets all of the essential criteria.

How is regional NSW defined?

Regional NSW is defined by Jobs for NSW as areas outside the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. For the purposes of eligibility, the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) are defined as regional NSW under the Program (note these are subject to any LGA changes, including the pending merger proposals under the NSW Government’s Stronger Councils policy):

  • Far West: Broken Hill; Central Darling; Unincorporated
  • Orana: Bourke; Bogan; Brewarrina; Cobar; Coonamble; Gilgandra; MidWestern Regional; Narromine; Walgett; Warren; Warrumbungle; Western Plains Regional
  • Northern Inland: Moree Plains; Narrabri; Gunnedah; Liverpool Plains; Gwydir; Inverell; Tamworth Regional; Uralla; Walcha; Armidale Regional; Glen Innes Servern; Tenterfield
  • Northern Rivers: Tweed; Kyogle; Lismore; Byron; Ballina; Richmond Valley; Clarence Valley
  • Mid North Coast: Coffs Harbour; Bellingen; Nambucca; Kempsey; Port Macquarie Hastings; Mid-Coast
  • Hunter: Upper Hunter; Muswellbrook; Singleton; Dungog; Maitland; Cessnock; Lake Macquarie; Port Stephens. (Note Newcastle is not regional under the Jobs for NSW Act)
  • Central Coast: Central Coast
  • Central West: Lachlan; Bland; Parkes; Forbes; Weddin; Cowra; Cabonne; Orange; Blayney; Bathurst Regional; Lithgow; Oberon
  • Murray: Wentworth; Balranald; Murray River; Edward River; Berrigan; Federation; Albury; Greater Hume
  • Riverina: Carrathool; Hay; Griffith; Murrumbidgee; Leeton; Narrandera; Lockhart; Wagga Wagga; Coolamon; Snowy Valleys; Temora; Junee; Gundagai
  • Illawarra: Shellharbour; Kiama. (Note Wollongong is not regional under the Jobs for NSW Act)
  • Far South Coast: Shoalhaven; Eurobodalla; Bega Valley
  • Southern Inland: Hilltops; Upper Lachlan; Wingecarribee; Yass Valley; Goulburn Mulwaree; Queanbeyan-Palerang; Snowy Monaro Regional

What is the Sydney Startup Hub?

The NSW Government, through Jobs for NSW, has funded the Sydney Startup Hub (SSH) — an exciting and ambitious initiative creating a central destination for the NSW startup sector.

Located at 11-31 York Street in Sydney’s CBD, the SSH brings together a range of physical, technological and networking resources — making them available to startups throughout NSW.

An Australian first, the SSH will cement Sydney’s position as an internationally leading startup location and innovation destination — serving the metropolitan, regional, national and international startup community.

Find out more about the SSH at or by emailing

How do I apply to be a tenant of the Sydney Startup Hub?

Individual startups can apply for desk space in the Sydney Startup Hub via our anchor tenants which includes Fishburners, Stone & Chalk, Tank Stream Labs and The Studio.

Read more about our tenants at Sydney Startup Hub – Residents.