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Job Seeker Government Relocation Funding

Find out if you could be eligible for the different state and federal relocation grant assistance for Job Seekers, NDIS request and emergency relocation assistance.

Job Seeker Government Relocation Funding

There have been a number of recent changes to available relocation grants as Australia starts to get moving again. There is now over 1.3m Australians on Job Seeker (up 450,000 since March 2020) and these latest changes will also help take the sting out of current quarantine costs if crossing borders from certain states.

Update - Relocation Assistance for Job Seekers

“As of the 1st of December, Job Seekers can now receive up to $3k for city to city relocation without having to wait for 12 months if being awarded an interstate job through their employment service”

Previously people on the Job Seeker program had to wait over 12 months to get access to funds for interstate, intrastate or certain regional relocation funding. These rules have recently changed allowing access to relocation assistance as of the 1st November for regional travel and 1st of December with no waiting period required for capital city interstate grant assistance to help you move house and save money.

What Relocation Funding is Available for Job Seekers

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.

  • This include up to $3,000 if you relocate to a capital city

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.

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

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 or regional area to take up short-term agricultural work. If your new job is in the agricultural sector, it must be at least six weeks (and at least 120 hours). Otherwise, your new job must be for more than 30 hours a week and ongoing for six months.

Am I Elgible for Job Seeker Relocation Grants Assistance?

After confirming with the Australian Government Job Active Employment Website, you will need to be placed through of the many Job Seeker employment services with pre-approval from Centre Link (provided by your employment service provider) for the grant payment based on your circumstances.

  • Find approved Employment Service Providers here
  • View the detailed documentation here
  • You can request any Removalist service to help move
  • Muval can provide you with a range of quotes for official purposes to help formalize your request for Government Assistance.

What Costs are Covered for the Government Relocation Support?

A detailed list of approved items is included below as a guide. This is not an exhaustive list. Providers should contact their Employment Service Account or Contract Manager to seek clarification on additional approved items or to seek assistance.


  • Removalists and removalist insurance*
  • Truck hire*
  • Storage*
  • Trailer hire*


  • Non-rent accommodation at new location—two weeks*
  • Rent at new location—up to two months

Disturbance costs

  • Gardening fees*
  • Cleaning fees*
  • Pet boarding fees—up to one month*
  • First groceries to set up house
  • Utility connection and exit costs
  • Relocation-associated legal costs
  • Associated medical costs
  • School uniforms
  • School enrolment fees
  • Reasonable breaking lease costs
  • Vehicle registration transfer fees
  • Licence transfer fees


  • Tools (up to $500)
  • Safety clothing
  • Uniforms
  • Boots

Rental Bond

  • Must not exceed the state/territory bond payment—for example, some states only allow a bond payment to reflect the first four weeks of rent as the bond payment


  • Plane, train or ship tickets and fees*
  • Car hire and car hire insurance*
  • Pet transport*
  • Baggage allowances
  • Fuel
  • Incidentals during travel, for example, food and drinks
  • In-transit accommodation costs.

* Note, quotes are required before purchasing these services

Where are the Jobs Currently Available in Australia?

The latest information from the Regional Australia Institute shows a map of where jobs have been advertised by region. This allows you to roll over the key regions of interest and then find out the types of jobs advertised before you consider going back to your employment service provider or via seek.

(Source: Regional Australia Institute)

Current Numbers of JObs Available / Advertised in Capital Cities (SEP 2020)

  • Sydney Jobs 34,009
  • Melbourne Jobs 23,387
  • Brisbane Jobs 16,579
  • Adelaide Jobs 7,482
  • Perth Jobs 14,106
  • Canberra Jobs 5,310
  • Hobart Jobs 984
  • Northern Territory Jobs 536

Popular Regional Areas Where Jobs are Available / Advertised:

  • Far North Queensland Jobs (Townsville / Cairns) 4,280
  • Gold Coast Jobs Jobs 3,911
  • Northern NSW Jobs 2,966
  • Central QLD Jobs (Rockhampton / Bundaberg) 2,607
  • Sunshine Coast Jobs 2,096
  • Pilbara & Kimberly Jobs 1,809
  • Bendigo & High Country Jobs 1,790
  • Toowoomba & South West QLD Jobs 1,609
  • Dubbo & Western NSW Jobs 1,354

Get Quotes to Move to Regional Areas in Australia:

Depending on how much you want to spend and how flexible you can be, your costs for moving from certain capital cities can vary widely. The further inland you go – you will typically find it may take more time for Removalists to match up their other jobs with yours to make it cost effective.

Muval has coverage across Australia for the top ranked Removalists who can do moves of all types. Your best option is to request a quote online or call us on 1300 168 825.

Other Relocation Support:

NDIS Relocation / Moving House Assistance Information

Muval is able to provide quotes for any NDIS relocation either for self funded or managed NDIS clients. Please contact Muval on 1300 168 825 or simply request a quote online.

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