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How Victorian businesses can claim $20,000 by supporting priority job seekers

How Victorian businesses can claim $20,000 by supporting priority job seekers

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​From the 26th of March 2021, Victorian businesses can apply for wage subsidies of up to $20,000 if they employ priority job seekers.


In an effort to support Victorians as they recover from the effects of the pandemic, Jobs Victoria Fund is providing $250 million in wage subsidies to Victorian businesses that are employing new staff.

Employers are encouraged to employ those who have been most affected by the pandemic – priority jobseekers. If your business has employed someone in Victoria after the 16th of March who was unemployed or underemployed (working less than 16 hours per fortnight casually) at the time they commenced, you could be eligible for the subsidy.

Priority jobseekers are:

  • Those aged over 45 years

  • Veterans

  • Young people aged under 25

  • People with disability

  • Asylum seekers or refugees

  • People previously employed under the Working for Victoria Initiative

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

  • Jobseekers registered with a Jobs Victoria Partner

You must employ someone who is a priority jobseeker before applying for the wage subsidy. The new employee must be employed into a full-time role, or part-time role with a minimum of 19 hours, for a minimum of 12 months. The role must pay less than $120,000 plus superannuation. Businesses can apply for a wage subsidy for up to 20 full-time equivalent employees.

At Fuse Recruitment, we are offering our services to assist Victorian businesses who are interested in employing priority jobseekers into their business. Our consultants will make it easier for you by sourcing priority jobseekers who are suitable for your business’s needs.


Graduate Recruitment Opportunity for Victorian Businesses

Our award-nominated graduate program, Future Insure, connects insurance businesses with high-quality graduate talent. Although our program is currently limited to the insurance industry, we are experienced in providing graduate recruitment services to the manufacturing, infrastructure, utilities and wealth management industries on a client-by-client basis.

Many of our customers have benefited from hiring graduates into their businesses. Graduates:

  • Will do what it takes to leave a great impression and show that they deserve the job

  • More open to lower salaries as they are there for the experience

  • Can be taught new workplace habits since they will come with virtually no existing ones

  • Can help your business innovate by introducing new perspectives

  • Are easy to teach as they come from a learning environment and are keen to progress


Download our Jobs Victoria Fund Fact Sheet here.

If you are a Victorian business looking to take advantage of the Jobs Victoria Fund wage subsidies, fill out the form below and we will be in contact to discuss eligible candidates suitable for your business.