Employment programs


The department provides a series of programs under Jobs Victoria that aim to increase employment opportunities and assist Victorians facing barriers to employment.

Jobs Victoria consolidates all Victorian Government employment services into one system, making it easier for jobseekers to access the help they need to get work, and for employers to connect with job-ready candidates

This page includes information about Jobs Victoria programs. For details about employment opportunities within the department, including current vacancies, visit the careers page of this site.


Strategies and initiatives

Community Traineeship Program

Through this program, Jobs Victoria provides young people with traineeship opportunities in the health and community services sector. The Community Traineeship Program aims to improve employment prospects for young people in the regions of Greater Dandenong, Hume and Greater Bendigo.

Corporate Social Inclusion Partnerships

This program supports skilled African-Australians and culturally and linguistically diverse jobseekers at risk of marginalisation from their field of qualification. The Corporate Social Inclusion Partnerships program delivers inclusive employment programs with four corporate employers who provide paid work experience, supported training and mentoring, with the aim of transitioning participants into sustainable employment.

Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network is the centrepiece of a new approach to employment assistance in Victoria. Through a network of specialist employment services, Jobs Victoria delivers employment assistance to people and places that need it most.

Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund

The Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund provides small grants to support new and innovative approaches to employment services.

Microenterprise Development Program

The Microenterprise Development Program provides support services to help people develop, finance and launch their own business.

Social Enterprise Strategy

The Victorian Government has launched Australia's first Social Enterprise Strategy to improve sector support and ensure more social, economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians.

Work and Learning Centres

Jobs Victoria Work and Learning Centres deliver employment assistance in communities with high concentrations of public housing and includes support for public housing tenants and other Victorians facing barriers to find and sustain employment. The centres deliver support through partnerships with local community organisations in five high need locations - Carlton/Fitzroy, Ballarat, Shepparton, Moe and Geelong.

Workers in Transition

Workers in Transition offers a flexible, comprehensive, early-response service across Victoria to assist businesses and workers facing retrenchment, complementing more specific industry adjustment packages. Assistance includes the provision of coordinated and relevant information, referral to available services, and advice and support tailored to the needs of recipients. The program is both responsive to requests and proactive in offering support to employers that may be retrenching workers.

YMCA Bridge to Employment Services and Training Program

The YMCA Bridge training program delivers a combination of life skills and vocational training to ex-offenders and connects participants with Jobs Victoria Partners who coordinate support, training and employment opportunities with the aim of transitioning into sustainable employment.

Youth Cadetship Scheme

The Youth Cadetship Scheme gives young Victorians a job in the public sector, accredited training and experience that will put them on the path to a meaningful career. The program offers entry-level positions in the Victorian Public Service to eligible young people who have graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) or been referred from a Jobs Victoria Partner.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

YES offers young people aged 15 to 24 paid work experience in the Victorian Public Service. The program provides a 12-month traineeship for young people, particularly those who have faced barriers to employment, while studying for a Certificate III or IV qualification. YES Trainees have the opportunity to apply for the Youth Cadetship Scheme when nearing completion of their traineeship.

Divisional owners and entities

Jobs and innovation

The Jobs and Innovation group is responsible for employment programs.

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