Employment programs


The department delivers a series of programs that aim to increase employment opportunities and assist disadvantaged Victorians in finding work. The Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) is a key initiative of the newly established Jobs Victoria, providing 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 disadvantaged Victorians 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. The key initiative under Jobs Victoria is the Jobs Victoria Employment Network.

Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)

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

Other initiatives to support Victorians into work are:

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.

Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG)

MPSG 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. MPSG 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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