Employment programs


The department delivers a series of programs that aim to increase employment opportunities and assist disadvantaged Victorians in finding work. Jobs Victoria provides targeted support services for people looking for work and employers looking for workers, consolidating all Victorian employment services into one system.

Details about employment opportunities and programs within the department including some of the latest jobs on offer are available on the careers page of this site.


Strategies and initiatives

Jobs Victoria

Jobs Victoria supports Victorians facing barriers to employment into the workforce by consolidating all Victorian Government employment services into one system, making it easier for jobseekers to access the help they need to get work.

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.

Other initiatives to support Victorians into work are:


JobsBank provides intensive support to long-term jobseekers with complex needs, and to the businesses who pledge jobs for them. Jobseekers participating in this initiative are drawn from groups in our community most a risk of being left behind. JobsBank sees government and business working together to support these Victorians into employment.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

YES creates structured training and employment opportunities for young people aged 15 to 24 years by supporting traineeships in the Victorian public sector. The program helps build skills and opportunities for local labour markets and provides career pathways for those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

Youth Cadetship Scheme

The Youth Cadetship Scheme builds on the Youth Employment Scheme. It gives young Victorians a job in the public sector, accredited training and experience that will put them on the path to a meaningful career. 

Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG)

The Major Projects Skills Guarantee requires all Victorian Government projects valued over $20 million to use Victorian apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the required labour. This guarantee gives young people, and workers looking to re-skill, experience and opportunities on Victoria's biggest infrastructure projects.

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.

Business in Transition Support (BiTS)

BiTS helps to reduce the impact of retrenchments, particularly in the manufacturing industry and regional communities. BiTS ensures business owners understand their obligations and responsibilities, helps workers to plan for their future after retrenchment and links to other agencies that offer services to the business and its employees.

Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to assist workers affected by the closure of the major car manufacturing in Victoria to find new jobs.

Divisional owners and entities

Employment, Investment and Trade

The Sector Development and Programs division is responsible for employment programs. It is part of the Employment, Investment and Trade group within the department.

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