The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing $250 million in wage subsidies to help Victorian businesses to grow and to create 10,000 secure jobs.
If you are a Victorian employer, the Jobs Victoria Fund can financially support you to employ people who have been most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic – by hiring new staff or increasing hours for existing employees.
The Jobs Victoria Fund eligibility criteria changed on 16 November 2021 so that more businesses and employees are eligible.
On this page
- Jobs Victoria Fund overview
- Jobs Victoria Fund updated guidelines
- Is my business eligible to apply to the Jobs Victoria Fund?
- How to apply?
- Resources to support your application
- Recruitment support
- Definitions and FAQs
Jobs Victoria Fund overview
Jobs Victoria wage subsidies of up to $20,000 are available to meet the costs associated with employing someone for 12 months.
To be eligible for a wage subsidy, jobs must be for at least 19 hours per week (or eight hours if an exemption applies).
The number of wage subsidies you can apply for over the life of the Fund depends on the size of your business.
At least 60 per cent of jobs supported by the Jobs Victoria Fund will be for women, reflecting the significant impact the pandemic has had on their employment opportunities.
To qualify for the subsidy, you must employ someone from at least one of the priority groups who have been most impacted by the pandemic:
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
- jobseekers registered with a Jobs Victoria Mentor service
- people unemployed for six months or more
- newly arrived migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds
- women aged 45 years and over
- people seeking asylum/refugees
- people with disability
- single parents
- men and people who do not identify as a woman aged 45 years and over
- young people aged under 25
- people previously or currently employed under the Working for Victoria initiative.
If you meet all the eligibility criteria and supply the necessary information, you will receive funding, subject to availability of funds and conditions.
If you are an employer or other partner able to create larger numbers of jobs for priority groups, please visit Jobs Victoria Fund – Innovation Projects.
Jobs Victoria Fund updated guidelines
The Victorian Government has made some changes to the Jobs Victoria Fund so that more businesses and employees are eligible. The updated Jobs Victoria Fund Guidelines are available below.
Is my business eligible to apply to the Jobs Victoria Fund?
If you are interested in applying to the Jobs Victoria Fund, and want to find out if you are likely to be eligible, the questionnaire will help. You can also check the Eligibility Checklist PDF, 95.9 KB.
For more information, download the Eligibility Checklist PDF, 95.9 KB.
How to apply?
There are five steps to apply for to the Jobs Victoria Fund.
Step 1: Check if you are eligible
Step 2: Recruit your employee/s
- Employ a Victorian from at least one of the priority groups. Each role must:
- be for a minimum of 12 months
- offer employment on a fixed‑term or permanent basis (i.e. part-time or full-time, not casual)
- provide employees at least 19 hours per week of work (unless an exemption applies).
- Access recruitment support from Jobs Victoria if you need.
Step 3: Apply to the Jobs Victoria Fund
- Submit an online application through the ‘Apply Now’ button.
- Attach the documents outlined in the Eligibility Checklist.
- The application must be made within 16 weeks of the employee(s) commencing their eligible job. However, applications for employees hired under the Working for Victoria initiative can be made at any time.
Step 4: Receive your application outcome
- Jobs Victoria will assess your application and notify you of the outcome.
- If successful, we will send you a Grant Agreement for your signature.
Step 5: Reporting and payment
- Once the Grant Agreement is signed by both parties, you will receive payments in accordance with the payment schedule.
- You must continue to employ each of the employees for whom you applied and meet all the conditions set out in the Grant Agreement.
- The value of the payment will depend on:
- the number of employees
- the number of hours the employee/s work
- the priority groups the employees are from
- whether the employee is transitioning from a job with the same employer.
- All successful applicants may be subject to a range of compliance and probity processes, including an independent audit.
Apply for the Jobs Victoria Fund
If this is your first application to the Jobs Victoria Fund since the updated guidelines were introduced:
If you have registered as an employer since the updated guidelines were introduced, you can return to an existing application or submit an additional application:
Please note: You must hire employees from one of the priority groups of jobseekers before you make an application.
If you applied to the Jobs Victoria Fund between 26 March 2021 and 10am 16 November 2021 your Grant Agreement is administered under the Jobs Victoria Fund guidelines that were in place at that time. You can access the guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions and definitions on this page.
Resources to support your application
The following resources can assist you with your application:
- Questionnaire – Is my business eligible?
- Eligibility Checklist
- Jobs Victoria Fund Guidelines
- Recruitment support
- Factsheet - How to be an inclusive employer
- Definitions and FAQs
The following templates must be completed and attached to your application
- Employee Consent Form
- Statutory Declaration
The Statutory Declaration can be witnessed and signed electronically. For more information visit the Department of Justice and Community Safety webpage , including how to witness legal documents online by audiovisual link.
The Statutory Declaration must be completed by the declarant in Victoria and witnessed in Victoria. Applicants who are located interstate should delegate authority to someone else in their organisation, so that the document is completed and signed within Victoria.
Electronic versions of the Employee Consent Form are acceptable.
If the following documents are applicable to your organisation, they should also be attached to your application.
- Letter of Authority
If a third party representative (such as your accountant or lawyer) is applying on your behalf, you must complete a Letter of Authority to authorise this.
- Trustee Declaration
Applicants who are registered as a Trust will be required to complete the Trustee Declaration.
Support is available to help you find and recruit people looking for work from the priority groups.
Register on the Jobs Victoria online hub
The Jobs Victoria online hub is a fast, free and easy way to find people who are ready to work with the skills you need. You can register your business, post job ads and access lists of qualified candidates in your area.
You can register on the Jobs Victoria online hub.
You can also post targeted job advertisements to find employees from the priority jobseeker groups. To enable this functionality please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 208 575.
Jobs Victoria Mentors
Jobs Victoria Mentors support people looking for work. This service is delivered by a Jobs Victoria Partner who can work with your business to identify your recruitment needs and connect you to suitable candidates. Once you hire someone into a role, a Mentor will support the employee for the first six months in their role.
Find your local Jobs Victoria Mentor.
The Victorian Government is committed to Aboriginal self-‑determination and we encourage applications from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, Traditional Owner groups and Aboriginal businesses. We recognise that Aboriginal-led employment service providers can support better employment outcomes through addressing local needs and opportunities, particularly for young Aboriginal people.
Non-Aboriginal organisations are also encouraged to apply and partner with Aboriginal communities to facilitate employment outcomes for Aboriginal people looking for work.
Jobs Victoria can assist you with recruitment, training, induction, onboarding, new partnerships and community engagement.
Please contact email@example.com.