Council is encouraging local businesses to make the most of the Victorian Government’s Jobs Victoria Fund which provides wage subsidies to help with employment of people who have been impacted by the COVID pandemic.
09 December 2021
Alpine Shire Mayor Sarah Nicholas encouraged local businesses to check their eligibility to receive support.
“This fund is set up to be win-win by helping businesses with employee costs and helping people most affected by the pandemic to return to the workforce or increase their hours,” she said.
“If you are an employer ready to hire new staff or increase hours of existing staff, have a look at the Jobs Victoria Fund and COVID affected priority groups to see you are eligible.
“Financial support like this might be a great way to get up and going again, especially for businesses gearing up for summer.
“We know the past few years have been difficult for many - from businesses navigating constantly changing requirements to community members who have lost their job or had to reduce their hours.
“This fund provides a boost to help both businesses and employees get back on their feet and look to the future with optimism.”
Jobs Victoria wage subsidies of up to $20,000 are now available to meet the costs associated with employing someone for 12 months.
Cr Nicholas said at least 60 per cent of jobs supported by the fund will be for women.
“This reflects the significant impact the pandemic has had on the employment opportunities of women, many of whom have been juggling the responsibilities of working, home schooling, running their households and caring for dependents,” she said.
“Research shows that the pandemic had an almost immediate impact on the employment of women, with women making up the majority of employees who lost their jobs in the initial stages of the pandemic*.
“It’s time now to support these women to get back into the workforce or to increase their employment hours, and the jobs fund is a positive step towards this goal.”
To qualify for the subsidy, you must employ someone from at least one of the priority groups who have been most impacted by the pandemic, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people unemployed for six months or more, women aged 45 years and over, people with disability, single parents and young people aged under 25.
To be eligible for a wage subsidy, jobs must be for at least 19 hours per week although an exemption is possible for an eight hour week.
Learn more and apply: business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/jobs-victoria-fund.