Working for Victoria - International Students

The $500 million Working for Victoria initiative helps Victorians, including people who have lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), find new work opportunities. Some of these roles will provide vital contributions to our state’s response to the pandemic. We want to support as many Victorians getting back into work as quickly as possible.

What is Working for Victoria?

If you are a jobseeker in Victoria you are invited to register your details on the Working for Victoria site to access new work opportunities.

Eligible workers can apply their skills to new roles or take up training opportunities for specific roles. At the same time, organisations and employers looking for workers can find experienced and screened staff who are ready to work.

The Working for Victoria initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package. It is designed to connect workers with new opportunities that will help our community and contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

Am I eligible?

If you have Australian working rights you are eligible to participate.

How do I apply?

The Victorian Government has partnered with Sidekicker to match potential applicants with work aligned to their skills and experience. Please refer to Victoria Government Website on How to Apply.

What support is available for Victorian workers impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • As part of the $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package, the Victorian Government has announced a $500 million package to assist people who have lost their jobs at this difficult time.
  • Under the $500 million Working for Victoria initiative, Victorian jobseekers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This provides opportunities for paid work that will contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and support the community.

What types of jobs will jobseekers be able to apply for as part of the Working for Victoria initiative?

  • The $500 million Working for Victoria initiative will help jobseekers find new opportunities.
  • Jobseekers will be eligible to apply for different types of work. This presents opportunities for paid work that will contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and support the community.
  • Some displaced workers will have skills that can be readily transferred to new roles. The Government will also be working with employers to ensure that pathways for skills development or accreditation are available to move people into work quickly.

How can I participate in the Working for Victoria initiative?

Who is eligible for the jobs?

  • Any jobseekers who are legally allowed to work in Australia - including workers who have recently lost their jobs or casuals who no longer have shifts.

How much will the jobs pay?

  • This will vary We will be working closely with key partners, including unions, as part of the design and implementation of this program, with all jobs at or above award rates. 

What type of jobs are available?

  • There are likely to be many different types of jobs available that will contribute to Victoria’s ability to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, support the community and keep our economy running.
  • We will send you opportunities relevant to your areas of interest, experience and skills.

Where will the jobs be located?

  • This is a statewide initiative. We hope to utilise the talents of Victorians in all parts of the state.

Will I get paid super?

  • Yes, all roles will attract normal benefits (including superannuation) and will need to be declared as income for taxation purposes.

Will I have to pay tax on this income?

  • Yes, wages received through this program will need to be declared as income for taxation purposes.

Don’t people need training for this kind of work?

  • It depends on the type of work involved.
  • We expect that many applicants will have skills that can be readily transferred to work available through the program.
  • Other roles might need skills development, based on employers’ needs. The Government will also be working with employers to ensure that pathways for skills development or accreditation are available to move people into work quickly.

I’m an international student on a student visa. Can I apply?

  • Yes. If you are legally allowed to work in Australia, then you are eligible to register.

I was unemployed before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Can I apply?

  • Yes. If you are legally allowed to work in Australia, then you are eligible to register.

I’m a business owner with no income. Can I apply?

  • Yes. If you are legally allowed to work in Australia, then you are eligible to register.

I’m a sole trader with no income. Can I apply?

  • Yes. If you are legally allowed to work in Australia, then you are eligible to register.

I am a freelance worker with an ABN but I have no work as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Can I apply?

  • Yes. If you are legally allowed to work in Australia, then you are eligible to register.

How long will it take for me to be contacted about a potential job?

  • Working for Victoria will aim to get those looking for work into roles as soon as possible.
  • The time it takes to place workers in new roles will be dependent firstly on the availability of jobs and people's areas of interest.