The $500 million Working for Victoria initiative is helping Victorian jobseekers find work and employers find workers. This includes people who have lost their jobs and businesses who need workers due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).
On this page
- How do jobseekers access the program?
- How do employers access the program?
- What are the features of the Working for Victoria initiative?
- The Big Victorian Harvest
Working for Victoria is part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package.
How do jobseekers access the program?
The Jobs Victoria online hub connects workers with new job opportunities and access to online training.
Jobseekers are eligible to participate if they have Australian working rights.
Jobseekers may need to update their skills to be able to work in an area that is now hiring or likely to be in the future. To assist with this, Jobs Victoria facilitates online training to help jobseekers get the skills they need.
How do employers access the program?
Jobs Victoria works with employers to identify their business needs and help find jobseekers across Victoria with the right skills and experience.
Employers can use the Jobs Victoria online hub to access a labour pool for new jobs and recruitment services, including job matching.
What are the features of the Working for Victoria initiative?
Working for Victoria is investing across Victorian communities and sectors to create jobs and improve the skills of jobseekers.
Jobs Victoria online hub
As part of the initiative, Jobs Victoria has commissioned Sidekicker to deliver an online hub which allows jobseekers to find work and access online training. It also helps employers find people ready to work with the skills and experience to meet their needs.
The Big Victorian Harvest – seasonal workforce
Victoria’s agriculture industry relies on seasonal workers during harvest season.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in a shortage of workers this year and thousands of seasonal harvest jobs need to be filled.
The Victorian Government has provided $76 million to support agriculture businesses and communities, and encourage local workers to join the Big Victorian Harvest.
People who start a seasonal harvest job on a Victorian farm on or after Wednesday 17 February 2021 can apply for a Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus. The $2,430 bonus is paid in two installments:
- Bonus 1: $810, after 10 days’ work within a 30-day period
- Bonus 2: $1,620, after an additional 30 days’ work within a 90-day period.
Take a look at the program guidelines to find out if you’re eligible.
Employers can register to find workers on the online hub. If you need extra support, Agriculture Victoria’s Seasonal Workforce Coordinators can help with your workforce needs. Find out more on the Agriculture Victoria website.
Building Works is the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion initiative to support projects and create jobs. All Building Works tenderers are required to find new employees through Working for Victoria in the first instance.
Building Works is supported by the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First policy. This policy:
- ensures local small and medium size enterprises get a full and fair opportunity to compete for large and small government contracts
- helps create job opportunities, including for apprentices, trainees and cadets.