Jobs, Skills and Industry Participation

What is Jobs, Skills and Industry Participation?

The Regional Rail project will provide opportunities for people and businesses in regional NSW. The Jobs Skills and Industry Participation (JSIP) team focusses on three key areas.

These key areas reflect relevant NSW Government policies and programs including the Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APIC) Policy and the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program

With an estimated 200 jobs required during construction, and 50 ongoing jobs during the maintenance phase, the project provides opportunities for long term employment as well as skills development. The development of transferable skills from one project phase to another, and onto other projects in the region, can support long term job prospects for regionally-based people. Employment pathways include roles for apprentices, trainees, graduate placements and work experience on the project.

Aboriginal employment is a key focus area for the Project, reflecting the NSW Government’s commitment to promoting the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Around 15 per cent of the people living in the region identify as Aboriginal compared to a 2.9 per cent average across NSW.

JSIP objectives

The Regional Rail project adopts a cross-government, collaborative approach to the delivery of the JSIP objectives.

JSIP Approach

A JSIP Advisory Group and Aboriginal Working Group was established in 2018 and includes representatives from Federal, State and local government.

The Groups provide advice and support to Transport for NSW and Momentum Trains to help deliver JSIP priorities and outcomes.

The Aboriginal Working Group members have links to Aboriginal communities in and around Dubbo, and focus on achieving meaningful outcomes for Aboriginal peoples.

The JSIP Advisory Group members provide links to lessons learned on other projects and focus on achieving meaningful outcomes for local and regional businesses.

JSIP outcomes to date


The Regional Rail Project also focuses on building the capability of regional small to medium enterprises with initiatives including:

  • industry briefings
  • tender writing workshops
  • The Business Support Catalogue provides useful information on programs, grants and general support for businesses, such as accessing funding to expand their operations, workforce development and developing their employees’ skills.

UGL Dubbo industry briefing – full house attended 2021 – Local Member Dugald Saunders

An event aimed at connecting local businesses and suppliers to opportunities on the Regional Rail Project took place on 26 May at the Dubbo RSL and saw over 161 people attending. 

The morning provided information for local businesses on upcoming procurement opportunities with UGL on the Regional Rail Project.  

Additionally a key part of the event was networking and the opportunity to meet members of the Regional Rail Project team, as well as talk to organisations that can help local businesses grow.  This proved popular as businesses were offered a chance to ask questions and deep dive into their support needs.  

UGL Managing Director Doug Moss said: “UGL is committed to providing local businesses with opportunities to contribute to this significant project for regional NSW, where UGL will maintain the Regional Rail fleet and maintenance centre. As part of the CIMIC Group, alongside our sister company CPB Contractors who helped to construct the maintenance centre, UGL is looking forward to engaging with local suppliers and employees further in the coming months.” 

Honourable Member for Dubbo – Dugald Saunders, said "I understand some fantastic and very valuable connections were made and I hope that local businesses were inspired and informed enough about TfNSW commitment to regional jobs and skills as part of the Regional Rail Project. I am looking forward to hearing about its success going forward."  

Key Documents

JSIP Bulletin 

Each quarter we’ll provide an update on JSIP activities on the Regional Rail

Business Support Catalogue

The Business Support Catalogue provides information about programs and grants for small to medium enterprises to help build capability, capacity and develop their employees’ skills.

Other useful information

More information

For more information, please email

Business and suppliers interested in procurement opportunities available on the Regional Rail Project, please visit ICN to view project-related work packages or to submit an expression of interest.