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The skills you need + retention solution

We are a social impact driven recruitment and retention solution wholly focused on regional Australia. We partner with regional employers to understand the skills they require together with an individualised support solution for candidates moving to community.

Kate Sowden
Executive Director

We are committed to providing employment pathways and connections for any job seeker to thrive in regional Australia. We work closely with regional employers to understand their needs and ensure we match our candidates to their brief. We are passionate about ensuring newcomers feel welcome + connected in their new community. Connections not only into services + amenities, but also the social +cultural inclusion that is often crucial for Newcomers. Our case-by-case candidate centered service gives us the best chance of finding candidates that will be retained in the community. We were founded to spread the benefits of migration, and to provide pathways into the regions for all workers”

Merenia Marin
Enterprise Lead

“Work+Stay provides a vital bridge to opportunity in the regions for any jobseeker, pathways to economic empowerment and home ownership are possible in communities across regional Australia.”

Anjali Pillai
Project Officer

Finding the right fit between Candidate/ Employer + Community is important, we are laser focused on retention, when working with candidates, right from the first interaction. I came as a skilled migrant, and it is so much more than just a job placement for us.”

Heba Abd El Rahman
Recruitment Specialist

“I feel many of us crowded into metropolitan areas would find a better lifestyle outside the city. The less stressful life allows more human connection, I myself came as a skilled migrant; I know the challenges they face and the contribution they make to regional communities

Toula Hijaz
Recruitment Specialist

A lot of new migrants are unaware of regional opportunities. I’m excited to spread the word and open access for diverse communities in Metro areas. Regional living opens doors to an improved quality of life and home ownership. These are aspirations I observed again and again in my previous work in Refugee Employment with SSI.”

Work+Stay is powered by Settlement Services International (SSI). SSI brings 20+ years of experience in successfully delivering settlement and employment programs in regional NSW and Sydney.


Humanitarian Program clients settled.


In Regional New South Wales.

In 2017

SSI won the Australian Migration and Settlement Award for Settlement Innovation.

What we do

We target the gaps in recruitment services and employee retention in Regional Australia.

We are entirely focused on finding the right-fit employment and lifestyle solutions for newcomers considering relocation, and the right long-term workforce for employers in the regions.


We work with employers and communities to solve widespread issues such as skills shortages in health, trades, agriculture, aged care and children’s services positions.


Our robust end to end recruitment process has a national reach. Our regional recruitment specialists can search across an entire talent pool of over 10 million profiles here in Australia and overseas to find the talent regional businesses need to grow.


We understand, for those considering a move to the regions, it’s about much more than just a job. Our individualised support beyond the move and right-fit matching for your employment, aspirations, interests and lifestyle ensures that you make the right call, for yourself and your family.

Why we do it

There are 84,000 + jobs going in Regional Australia, and current research indicates 1 in 5 Australians are now considering a move to the regions.

For more than a decade there has been a clear need for population and workforce retention in regional communities, and now as we gear up for future forward + sustainable industries, the workforce deficit in our regions is a roadblock for growth. Commercial recruitment agencies and employment service providers play a limited role in facilitating regional mobility and a specialist approach is required.

Work+Stay is a targeted response to this long-standing issue.

We are entirely focused on providing communities and regional businesses with the solutions they need to build better regional migration outcomes, address directly employee retention and provide crucial support for the individuals and families willing to move and build their lives in Regional Australia.

By combining our proven settlement frameworks with robust, regionally focused recruitment and matching expertise, we can play our part in building successful, productive and inclusive regional communities across our nation.

We are focused on the opportunities that exist in our regions and the skills, ingenuity and talent of Australian workers. We care about the communities we work with, it’s so much more than just a job placement for us.