Wage subsidies of up to $20,000 per employee are available now, to support businesses to hire new staff or increase hours for current workers.

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.

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 less if the employee has a disability or provides constant care).

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
  • veterans
  • 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.

Apply for the Jobs Victoria Fund

If this is your first application to the Jobs Victoria Fund since the updated guidelines were introduced:

Apply now

The Jobs Victoria Fund statutory declaration and employee consent form were updated on 22 November 2021. Before you submit your application, please ensure you have the correct versions available below.

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:

The following templates must be completed and attached to your application

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.

Recruitment support

Support is available to help you find and recruit people looking for work from the priority groups.