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The Victorian Budget 2020/21 has invested a record $619.4 million to provide jobseekers with the information, advice and support they need to get back to work through an expanded Jobs Victoria.

Central to this investment is a network of Jobs Victoria Employment Services to deliver personalised employment support to jobseekers across the state.

Jobs Victoria Employment Services will employ expert Jobs Victoria Mentors who will provide flexible and tailored assistance to eligible jobseekers.

Jobs Victoria Mentors will work with jobseekers to develop their skills and get job ready. They will also engage with local employers and connect them to high quality jobseekers that meet their business needs.

The department will provide funding to suitably skilled and experienced organisations to deliver Jobs Victoria Employment Services until June 2023.

Jobs Victoria Employment Services

Features of the Jobs Victoria Employment Services model include:

  • a flexible model so services can be tailored to the needs of individual jobseekers and the local labour market
  • a strong focus on employer relationships
  • funding linked to achievement of sustained employment outcomes (measured at 26 weeks).

Expanded Jobs Victoria Employment Services will be delivered through core and specialist streams to ensure all Victorian jobseekers facing barriers to employment are supported.

Core Services are diversified services available to all eligible jobseekers and will be delivered in each region (see the Guidelines for further details).

Specialist Services will complement and work in concert with Core Services to:

  • meet the needs of specific groups of jobseekers where a strong case can be made that a Specialist Service will be more effective in delivering outcomes through increased tailoring of support and connections to other relevant services; OR
  • meet the needs of employers in industries offering strong employment opportunities, where Specialist Services will enable delivery of outcomes that would be difficult to achieve through Core Services.

Jobs Victoria Employment Services will complement and address gaps in existing employment services, including those from the Commonwealth. This network will link with other Jobs Victoria initiatives to deliver comprehensive support to Victorian jobseekers.

Funding will be available to support service delivery for the period July 2021 to June 2023.

Application process

Applications for Jobs Victoria Employment Services will be a two-step process.

Step 1: Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest will open on Wednesday 13 January and close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 17 February. Applicants will be required to provide a proposal overview and will be assessed against the Selection Criteria.

Step 2: Full application

Applicants whose proposals are supported at Step 1 will be invited to submit a full application which will expand on the information provided in the Expression of Interest.

Information sessions

The department will hold two online information sessions for prospective Jobs Victoria Employment Services:

Information session: Wednesday 20 January 2.30 – 4.00pm
Accessed via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 834 0747 0880

Q & A session: Tuesday 2 February 3.30 – 4.30pm
Accessed via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 817 8571 3492

Program guidelines

Please ensure that you have read the Jobs Victoria Employment Services Guidelines before submitting your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of Frequently Asked Questions will be provided each Friday by COB until the Expression of Interest process has been completed.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest are open until 5.00pm Wednesday 17 February 2021.

Applicants are invited to complete the online application form with the required documentation.

Expression of Interest Form