Backing you to upskill for a new career
Digital skills are the in-demand capabilities of the future.
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!
The program gives you:
- 12 weeks of free training in a high-quality, industry-backed digital course
- Opportunities to apply for 12 weeks in a paid work placement with a Victorian business
- Ongoing support from mentors throughout the program.
Build your confidence and job-seeking skills
Our experienced career coaches and technical mentors will help you build your confidence, update your CV, prepare for interviews and support you as you apply for jobs and move into your new digital career.
Gain experience with Victoria’s top employers
You will have the opportunity to apply for a paid 12-week job placement with a Victorian business to put your new digital skills into practice. We’ve lined up some of the state’s top employers including a variety of small, medium and large businesses. You could find yourself working for ANZ, Carsales and Zendesk to name just a few!
We can support you to:
- apply for a 12-week job placement through the Digital Jobs program; or
- secure a placement through your own contacts; or
- apply for ongoing jobs.
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.
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 skills levels.
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Find your own path
Program candidates 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 process facilitated through Hudson Australia. Rounds will commence in January, May and September each year. The final round will be in January 2024. You can apply at any time for future intakes.
We recommend reading the frequently asked questions before applying.
Frequently asked questions
This program is designed to give you up-to-date digital skills and the opportunity to apply for a paid 12-week job placement in a digital role with a Victorian business.
We hope this will be the beginning of your wonderful new digital career.
Digital jobs 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:
- AI / ML trainee
- Data analyst
- Software developer
- AI researcher
- Cloud administrator
- System administrator
- Cloud business developer
- Technical support specialist
- Junior cyber security technician
- Data analyst
- Junior data modeler
- Junior reporting analyst
- Digital marketing assistant
- Social media community manager
IT operations and support
- Network support technician
- Help desk technician
- Product manager
- Product assistant
- Product owner
- Software developer
- Web Developer
- Junior Web Developer
Project management (agile)
- Digital project support assistant
- Project administrator
- UX designer
- User interface designer
- Product designer
- Web designer
Web and application development
- Web designer / developer
- Front end developer
- Full-stack developer
Digital Jobs is a Victorian Government program. To help us deliver the program we’re working with industry, training providers, a job placement service and a recruitment service.
The Victorian Government is working with Hudson Australia to run a competitive selection process.
We have partnered with these leading universities, TAFEs and private providers to deliver training:
- Academy Xi
- Bendigo Kangan Institute
- Cyber CX
- Federation University
- General Assembly
- Generation Australia
- Goanna Education
- La Trobe University
- Monash College
- RMIT Online
- The University of Melbourne
- Victoria University Polytechnic
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 using a the computer. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, common tasks like carrying out computer updates and using collaboration tools 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 candidates.
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 with 5+ years of work experience or have 10+ years of work experience (in total; not necessarily consecutively)
It may be possible to continue working in your current job and complete your 12-week course at the same time. Each course has different time requirements so you will need to select a course with hours that suit your availability.
The majority of job placement opportunities are offered as full-time 12-week roles, meaning it would not be viable to have another job.
It depends on your Centrelink profile and eligibility. You may get paid less from Centrelink during your job 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.
Page last updated: 30 September 2022