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.

Tender Writing Workshops

Transport for NSW’s Regional Rail Project has developed a series of Tender Writing Videos in partnership with Dubbo-based Social Enterprise iClick2Learn. These videos are recommended for small, medium, and diverse businesses engaging (or looking to engage) with Transport for NSW’s infrastructure supply chains. They are based on typical tender and minimum requirements of head contractors.
You can access the 8 videos and supporting handouts below.

Get Tender Ready

Get Tender Ready - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how to get tender ready, types of procurement approaches, develop your tender toolkit, how to find out about tender opportunities, and more.

Get Tender Ready - Handout (PDF, 307.39 KB)

Understand Tender Requirements

Understand Tender Requirements - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how to make sure you fully understand the requirements of the tender process and how to fulfill them.

Understand Tender Requirements - Handout (PDF, 135.46 KB)

How Tenders are Assessed

How Tenders are Assessed - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how your tender will be reviewed and assessed.

How Tenders are Assessed - Handout (PDF, 146.52 KB)

How To Address Tender Questions

How To Address Tender Questions - video instruction

In this video, we talk about the best way to consider and address tender questions for the best results.

How To Address Tender Questions - Handout (PDF, 175.17 KB)

Consider competitors and contractors

Consider competitors and contractors - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how to best review your competitors and their ability to fulfil tender requirements in comparison to your business and how to make the most of your capabilities.

Consider competitors and contractors - Handout (PDF, 118.21 KB)

Analyse your proposed solution

Analyse your proposed solution - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how to review your proposed solution to the tender requirements to maximise your chance of success.

Analyse your proposed solution - Handout (PDF, 161.35 KB)

How To Write A Strong Response

How To Write A Strong Response - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how to write the strongest response to tender requirements.

How To Write A Strong Response - Handout (PDF, 147.71 KB)

Strengthen Your response

Strengthen Your response - video instruction

In this video, we talk about how to refine your writing style to best match the requirements of the tender.

Strengthen Your response - Handout (PDF, 179.66 KB)

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.