The Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund provides small grants to support new and innovative approaches to employment services.
Grants from $50,000 to $250,000 are available for approved projects submitted by eligible organisations.
Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund Round Two
Round Two of the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund opened for applications on 16 April 2018 and closes at close of business on 31 May 2018.
An additional $700,000 of funding has been set aside for a Disability Project Stream to specifically support new and innovative approaches to employment support and employment services for people with disability.
Up to $2.45 million is available to fund projects under Round Two.
Applications must address the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund program guidelines. Please note the guidelines have been updated since Round One.
Round One successful projects
Grants have been awarded to three projects under round one of the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund:
International Specialised Skills Institute - Jobs Victoria International Fellowships
International Specialised Skills Institute will offer and manage the provision of ten International Fellowships to Jobs Victoria Mentors.
The Jobs Victoria International Fellowships provide an opportunity for practitioners working within Jobs Victoria Partner organisations to investigate and explore international models and approaches that deliver mainstream employment outcomes for jobseekers facing barriers to employment. The outcomes and impact of the research undertaken is designed to advance innovative, best practice and emerging models of delivering employment support. Fellows will share their learnings with other Jobs Victoria Partners, identify new employment service approaches that could be adopted in Victoria, offer an opportunity for networked learning exchange, and create value across the sector.
National Disability Services - Ticket to Work and the After School Job
National Disability Services will use evidence based interventions to assist high school students with significant disability to prepare for, gain, and sustain after-school-hours work.
This grant will fund an extension of the Ticket to Work program to assist young people with significant disability into after-school employment. Research has consistently found that frequent exposure to real work environments for young people with disability not only increases post-school employment outcomes, but significantly lowers absenteeism and dropout rates from school. Ticket to Work has shown that young people with disability are able to thrive in open employment when prepared and supported whilst at school through a coordinated approach.
Specialisterne Centre Australia - Dandelion Program Victoria
Specialisterne Centre Australia will design and operate a program to deliver careers to Victorian autistic adults in a range of industries.
The grant will fund the establishment of a program to identify and deliver job opportunities in one metropolitan and one regional Victorian location. It will focus primarily on medium-sized businesses that would otherwise not have the resources to establish meaningful career paths for Victorian autistic adults who currently experience barriers to employment.