A $53M program to expand employment assistance to disadvantaged jobseekers.

Jobs Victoria Program

Overview

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) is the Victorian Government’s new program to help disadvantaged Victorian jobseekers to gain employment.

It is a key initiative of the newly established Jobs Victoria, funded with $53 million in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, JVEN will provide targeted support services for people looking for work and employers looking for workers, and will consolidate all Victorian employment services into one system.

 

Eligible Projects

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) will provide funding for projects that assist unemployed Victorians gain on-going employment. JVEN will support projects that:

  • focus on Victorian jobseekers who are disadvantaged in the labour market and require assistance to gain employment
  • actively engage with employers to identify job opportunities and assist in meeting industry workforce needs
  • offer flexible services that are tailored to the particular needs of disadvantaged jobseekers and responsive to the particular local/regional needs
  • link to community support services to ensure that the needs of disadvantaged jobseekers are met and employment outcomes are maximised
  • provide services that address gaps in and complement existing services, including Commonwealth services.

Funding will be available to support projects for the period August 2016 – May 2020.

 

Eligible Applicants

  • Applications are sought from organisations with appropriate experience in supporting unemployed Victorians into work.
  • Organisations with contracts to deliver employment assistance under the Commonwealth’s jobactive program will only be considered for funding in areas outside the Employment Regions for which they have a jobactive contract.
  • To be eligible for funding under JVEN organisations must be incorporated, with an Australian Business Number (ABN).

 

Timing

Applications close 20 June 2016.

 

More Information

Program Guidelines and FAQs will be available soon.

 

Media Release

The Andrews Labor Government is helping disadvantaged Victorians find meaningful work and stay employed.

Minister for Employment, Jacinta Allan, visited Linfox’s West Melbourne facility today to launch the Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) – a key initiative of the newly established Jobs Victoria, funded with $53 million in last week’s Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Jobs Victoria will provide targeted support services for people looking for work and employers looking for workers, and will consolidate all Victorian employment services into one system.

Round one of JVEN will provide $25 million worth of grants to specialist employment providers, to help them connect disadvantaged jobseekers with job opportunities and support them once they are employed.

The program will target groups that traditionally face the most complex barriers to employment and are not well-serviced by the Commonwealth system.

These groups include refugees, retrenched workers, the long-term unemployed, disengaged young people, people with disabilities, public housing tenants and Aboriginal Victorians.

Assistance will be tailored to the particular needs of each jobseeker, preparing them for work and supporting them once they have a job, to address personal or work-related challenges that affect their employment.

Round 1 applications will open on 4 May 2016, with projects to begin this year.  For more information on program guidelines and eligibility criteria, and how to apply, visitwww.business.vic.gov.au/jobsvictoria

The Victorian Budget also includes $12.4 billion in job-creating infrastructure, $116 million to establish 10 new Tech Schools and continued investment in our TAFE system, to give young people the skills they need for the job they want.