Jobs Victoria Fund provides wage subsides between $5,000 to $20,000 (pro rate for part-time roles) for eligible businesses to meet the costs associated with employing someone for 12 months. 
 
Employee Eligibility
 
All eligible employees must be from one of the following “priority groups” and must be hired by the eligible business BEFORE applying to the fund:

 

Level 1 wage subsidy
($20,000 per full time employee, pro rate for part-time)

 
Employers who employ people from the following groups may be eligible for up to $20,000 per employee:
  • Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people
  • jobseekers registered with a Jobs Victoria Mentor service (formerly Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN); 
  • long-term unemployed people (unemployed for six months or more)
  • newly arrived migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • women aged 45 years and over
  • people seeking asylum and refugees
  • people with disability
  • single parents
  • veterans.
Employees must fall within the relevant age group when they start their eligible job with the Applicant.
 
Level 2 wage subsidy
($10,000 per full-time employee, pro rata for part-time)
Employers who employ people from the following groups may be eligible for up to $10,000 per employee:
  • men and people who do not identify as a woman aged 45 years and over
  • young people aged under 25
  • people previously or currently employed under the Working for Victoria initiative 
Employees must fall within the relevant age group when they start their eligible job with the Applicant.
 
Level 3 wage subsidy
($10,000 per full-time employee, pro rata for part-time)

 
Employers who employ people who have transitioned to an eligible job with the same employer that provides at least 10 hours more employment per week than their previous job (up to 35 hours per week) from the following groups may be eligible for up to $10,000 per employee:
  • Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people
  • jobseekers registered with a Jobs Victoria Mentor service (formerly Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN); 
  • long-term unemployed people (unemployed for six months or more)
  • newly arrived migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • women aged 45 years and over
  • people seeking asylum and refugees
  • people with disability
  • single parents
  • veterans.
Employees must fall within the relevant age group when they start their eligible job with the Applicant.
 
Level 4 wage subsidy
($5000 per full-time employee, pro rata for part-time)
Employers who employ people who have transitioned to an eligible job with the same employer that provides at least 10 hours more employment per week than their previous job (up to 35 hours per week) from the following groups may be eligible for up to $5,000 per employee:
  • men and people who do not identify as a woman aged 45 years and over
  • young people aged under 25
  • people previously or currently employed under the Working for Victoria initiative 
Employees must fall within the relevant age group when they start their eligible job with the Applicant.
Full-time or part-time employment The level of the wage subsidy available is calculated pro rata, based on whether the job is full or part-time. For the purposes of this Fund, full-time employment is 35 or more hours per week.
Part-time jobs must be for a minimum of 19 hours per week, unless the person has a disability or provides constant care, in which case the job may be for 8 hours per week. People who provide constant care must also be from one or more of the priority groups listed above.
 
Other Employee Eligibility

 
  • Eligible businesses seeking a wage subsidy for more than three employees must provide at least 60% of the roles to women;
  • Eligible employees must have been:
    • Unemployed or in receipt of Commonwealth unemployment benefits at the full rate at the time they commenced work in the current eligible job; or
    • Underemployed and transitioned to eligible permanent of fixed job that is at least 10 hours more per week when compared to their previous job; or
    • Employed under the Working for Victoria initiative; or
    • Employed in a paid trial (casual arrangement for three months or less) and have transitioned to an eligible permanent or fixed term job (at least 19 hours or more);
  • At the time of application, the eligible employee must have been employed by the Applicant for no more than 16 weeks (unless transitioning and not employed in the eligible job for more than 16 weeks).
  • Resident of Victoria and is entitled to work in Australia under a number of different visas;
  • Employee Consent Form must be completed by the Eligible Employee
 
Job Eligibility
 
Eligible employment conditions include the following:

 
  • Job must be at least 12 months in duration;
  • Job must be permanent or fixed term for at least 12 months, and for a minimum of 19 hours per week (minimum 8 hours per week for employees with disability)
  • Eligible businesses must pay the award rate when applicable or the national minimum wage.  Wages do not include incentive-based payments, bonuses or overtime.
  • Jobs must not displace existing employees (i.e. stood down or reduction of hours for existing employees).
  • The maximum number of wage subsidies a business can apply for over the life of the fund is based on the following table:
 
Number of people employed by applicant at time of application Maximum number of people that an applicant is eligible to apply for wage subsidies for
1 (including sole trader) 1
2-3 1
4-5 2
6-7 3
8-9 4
10-23 5
24+ 25% of the current number of people employed, capped at 30 (not rounding)
 
 
Business Eligibility
 
To become eligible, businesses must meet all the following criteria and supply all the necessary information:

 
  • Must have an ABN and operate in Victoria;
  • Direct employment relationship with the employee and comply with all employer responsibilities and workplace laws;
  • Holds current workcover insurance;
  • Payroll less than $40 million (unless not a private sector business);
  • Associations and companies must be incorporated under the relevant Act and registered with ASIC or Registrar of Incorporated Associates and Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV);
  • Charitable and not-for profit organisations must be registered under ACNC;
  • Labour Hire providers must be licenced by the relevant authority;
  • Trust must specify the Trustee by completing a Trustee Declaration Form and the trustee must also meet eligibility requirement;
 
The following are ineligible employers:
  • The Victorian Public Service and Victorian public sector entities.
  • The Australian Public Service and Commonwealth public sector entities.
  • Self employment arrangements.
   
Evidence requirements
 
Eligible businesses must complete an online application and provide evidence to substantiate their claim against the eligibility criteria:

 
  • ABN.
  • ACN, and registration number from the relevant registrar or authority (if applicable).
  • Workcover Number and Certificate of Currency.
  • Signed letters authorising the representatives to submit the application.
  • Approved Identification documents for the authorised representative completing the application
  • Employee Consent Form;
  • Employee Payslip confirming:
    • Working for more than 19 hours per week (unless eligible to work less);
    • Full time salary or wages is NOT above $120,000 excluding superannuation;
  • Statutory declaration to verify:
    • the Authorised representative is authorised to act on the business;
    • the eligible employees do not displace existing employees;
    • the eligible employees are paid at least the national minimum wage or the applicable award, enterprise agreement or NES;
    • Payroll is less than $40 million (unless not a private sector business);
    • For employees who have transitioned to an eligible job, that the employee is working at least 10 hours more per week compare to their previous employment arrangement and is employed on a fixed term or permanent basis;
  • For employees that are eligible to work less than 19 hours, the appropriate notice from a recognised person or authority outlining the hours the employee is able to work
  • Eligible business seeking more than $200,000 in grants will be subject to a financial risk assessment and required to provide financial documents to facilitate this check. 
 
Payment milestones and requirements
 
Once the Grant agreement has been executed payments will be made in line with a payment schedule specified by the government in 3 parts:

 
  1. Submission of initial payslips payment over a certain threshold;
  2. 26 weeks after the date of employment;
  3. 52 weeks after the date of employment;

 
 
Further information can be found on the Jobs Victoria Fund  website.

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