Providing roles for those who need them through Working for Victoria

Published: 9 April 2020

Almost 1300 people who were looking for a job due to the coronavirus crisis (COVID-19) have already been placed in roles through the Victorian Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria Fund.

The first round of positions have been secured across a range of sectors through Working for Victoria, with thousands more to benefit in the coming weeks and months.

More than 60 people have taken up new roles with Foodbank to help prepare care packages for people in need across Victoria, with Foodbank receiving a grant to support the new team members.

Around 450 jobseekers have found work in roles connected to the quarantine program for returning international travellers – including transport operations, security and cleaning – while others are working in call centres, including as part of coronavirus contact tracing efforts, help lines and administration.

Businesses needing workers are also being encouraged to get involved, as there are jobseekers registered with Working for Victoria who are ready to work.

The Fund is part of the government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package that is providing a range of support to Victorian businesses.

Working for Victoria is open to workers who have recently lost their job or casuals who no longer have shifts – including international students and temporary migrants.

Relocation, accommodation and transport subsides are available to eligible participants. Businesses and workers can register at vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.