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Support for employers

The Back to Work Scheme provides support to employers who employ disadvantaged job seekers.

From 1 November 2015, employers can receive up to:

  • $12,000 when they hire long-term unemployed job seeker,
  • $5,000 for hiring a range of other disadvantaged jobseekers, and
  • $4,000 for for accredited training to an eligible employee.

Eligible employers

All employers who hire an eligible employee into a Victorian job are eligible, except for:

  • An employer with a poor workplace safety record (refer to the FAQs)
  • Municipal councils and other public, local or government bodies,
  • A recent employer of the eligible employees (hired on or after 1 November 2015).

Eligible job

The job must be:


The application process can be done quickly online, and you should receive a payment within 25 working days of submitting a claim.

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Payments you may be eligible for (Note 1)

If you hired an employee in the last nine months you may be eligible for up to $12,000. See table below for details.

Eligible employees * Pre-1 November 2015 Post-1 November 2015
Young unemployed $1,000 $5,000
Long-term unemployed $2,000 $12,000
Retrenched workers $1,000 $5,000
Retrenched automotive workers $1,000*
*Claims between 1 April 2015 and 31 October 2015 can be made under the retrenched worker category
$7,000
Out-of-trade apprentices $1,000 $5,000
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders N/A $5,000
Apprentices and trainees N/A $5,000
Current or recent youth justice clients N/A $5,000
Current or recent criminal justice clients N/A $5,000
Disability pensioners N/A $5,000
Members of a drought-affected farm household N/A $5,000
Social housing tenants N/A $5,000
Sole parent pensioners N/A $5,000
Refugees N/A $5,000
Young persons in or exiting out-of-home care N/A $5,000

Employers hiring a part-time eligible employee can claim 75 per cent of the above payments.

The Victorian Government has announced the scheme will be expanded to support employers when they hire a member of a dairy farm household.

Note 1: Application for payments must be made within 9 months of the start of employment, and can only be made for a person who is still employed. For employment from 1 November 2015, payments will be made when approved (50%) and 9 months following lodgement of the claim (50%) as long as the employee has been continuously employed. An employer cannot claim for an employee who had previously been employed by them within 12 months prior to the commencement of the new employment.


Payments for accredited training

Full-time Part-time When claim can be made
up to $4,000 up to $3,000 From date the employer incurs the cost of the training.

Accredited training includes courses at Certificate I level and above provided by a registered training provider that holds a contract with the Victorian Government under the Victorian Training Guarantee. Reimbursement is for the employer's expenditure Payments can be claimed after the cost is incurred up until 31 March 2017.


Further information

* Definition of an eligible employee

Frequently Asked Questions

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