Candidates

Backing you to upskill for a new career

Enhance your digital skills and reimagine your career with the Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs program.

If you’re over 30 years of age, have an appetite for learning and feel motivated to make a change, then Digital Jobs could be for you!

It’s a six-month program that gives you:

  • 12 weeks of free training in a high-quality, industry-backed digital course
  • 12 weeks in a paid digital role with a Victorian business
  • Ongoing support from a mentor throughout the program

Find out more and apply now

Candidate briefing session

12.30pm – 1.30pm
Tues 17 August 2021

Hear about what is involved as a candidate through each stage of the Digital Jobs program.

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Training for a digital job

We’ve teamed up with some of Victoria’s top training providers to offer a range of industry-backed courses to suit different interests and existing skills levels.

Find out about training

Work for Victoria’s top employers

Your 12-week digital role with a Victorian business will give you the opportunity to put your new skills to work. We’ve lined up some of the state’s top employers to host candidates. You could find yourself working for ANZ, Carsales, Zendesk or MYOB!

Your on-the-job training will set you up for your new digital career.

Read the frequently asked questions below for more information.

Reimagine your career

Upskilling for a career change doesn’t mean abandoning your existing knowledge and expertise. Skills such as problem-solving, planning and organising, collaboration, critical thinking and resilience are all valuable in a digital job.

Whatever your experience or area of interest, adding the latest digital skills to your existing knowledge, work history and skillset will create new career opportunities in the years ahead.

Meet Michelle: A former teacher turned developer

Former teacher Michelle on her transition to software development

Read Michelle’s story to learn how she transitioned from teacher to developer.

Find your own path

Program participants could find themselves in roles such as:

  • social media community manager
  • web developer
  • cyber security technician
  • project administrator
  • data modeler
  • user experience (UX) designer
  • business analyst
  • digital marketing assistant.

How to apply

We welcome applications from Victorians aged over 30 years, from any background or industry. We also encourage regional Victorians, women looking to return to the workplace and anyone whose job may have been impacted by COVID-19 to apply.

Applicants are selected through a competitive recruitment process facilitated through Hudson Australia. There are around 500 places each quarter for the next three years. You can apply at any time for future intakes.

We recommend reading the frequently asked questions before applying.

Find out more and apply now

Meet Catherine: A former nurse turned engineer

Former nurse Catherine on the switch to software engineering

Read Catherine’s story to learn how she made the change from nursing to engineering.

Frequently asked questions

This program is designed to give you up-to-date digital skills and the experience of working in a digital job with a Victorian business.

We hope this will be the beginning of your wonderful new digital career.

Digital jobs refer to jobs that require specific digital skills. These jobs can vary from project administration to digital marketing to cyber security and everything in between.

Businesses of all sizes employ people with digital skills, and the demand for skilled people to fill digital jobs is growing every year.

The demand for digital skills is growing in Victoria. In 2019, Deloitte predicted that Victoria will need an extra 33,000 technology workers by 2024.

You can choose a course from one of 10 areas of study, and each unique course will lead to a range of great entry-level job opportunities. Examples include:

Digital marketing

  • Digital Marketing Assistant
  • Social Media Community Manager
  • Network Support Technician
  • Help Desk Technician

Data analytics

  • Data Analyst
  • Junior Data Analyst
  • Junior Data Modeler
  • Junior Reporting Analyst

Project management (agile)

  • Contracts Officer
  • Quality Officer
  • Digital Project Support Assistant
  • Project Administrator

Product management

  • Product Manager
  • Junior Product Manager
  • Product Assistant
  • Product Owner

Cloud computing

  • Cloud Administrator
  • System Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Cloud Business Developer

Web and app development

  • Web Designer / Developer
  • Front End Developer
  • Full-Stack Developer
  • Junior Quality Assurance and Software Engineer

Programming/software development

  • Network Operations Support
  • Network Technician
  • Web Developer
  • Junior Web Developer

Cyber security

  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Desktop Support Administrator
  • Data Support Technician
  • Junior Cyber Security Technician

AI/machine learning

  • AI / ML Trainee
  • Data Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • AI Researcher

UX/UI

  • UX Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Web Designer

Digital Jobs is a Victorian Government program. To help us deliver the program we’re working with industry, training providers and a recruitment service.

The Victorian Government is working with Hudson Australia to run a competitive recruitment process.

Hudson will also help match candidates to businesses.

The high-quality 12-week courses on offer will be delivered by a range of universities, TAFEs and private providers. The courses have been developed in partnership with industry, and selected by a panel of industry experts, to ensure they meet industry needs.


Find out more about the training courses.

You’ll receive recognised industry credentials that will open up countless digital job opportunities for you across a range of industries in both metropolitan and regional Victoria.

You will need to be comfortable on the computer. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, common tasks like carrying out computer updates and other common programs will help you succeed. You should be able to confidently navigate the internet and use online services.

We’re also interested in transferable skills that will enrich your contribution to a business when you’re placed in a digital role. Skills like problem solving, planning and organising, time management, resilience, collaboration, critical thinking and having an appetite to learn will help you succeed in this program.

The program is fully funded by the Victorian Government, so there’s no cost for participants.

Visit https://au.hudson.com/job-seekers/victoria-digital-jobs-program/ to apply.

You will be directed to an application form where we will ask for your contact details and information about you and your work history.

To be eligible you must:

  • be a Victorian resident
  • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident or
  • have a valid Visa to allow you to live and work in Australia for at least the next 12 months
  • be over 30 years of age or have 10+ years of work experience (10 years in total; not necessarily consecutively).

You sure can. As long as you can commit to 12 weeks of study (full time or part time) and 12 weeks of full-time work in your digital role, you can keep another job.

It depends on your Centrelink profile and eligibility. You may get paid less from Centrelink during your business placement as you’ll be earning an income and will need to declare this. We encourage you to speak to your Centrelink jobs advisor to discuss your personal circumstances.

It will depend on the business hosting you in your digital role. You may be able to work on a part time basis over 6 months if your employer agrees.

You’re able to select three business placement preferences. We will try our best to ensure you get at least one of your preferences.

Page last updated: 12 August 2021