We focus on jobs and inclusion, working with Victorian businesses to help them start, grow and prosper, create job opportunities and promote an inclusive economy. Working in partnership with local communities and supporting people looking for secure and sustainable jobs in priority sectors, we help to deliver the workforces of the future, and deliver high quality services, information and expert advice.
Jobs Victoria supports people looking for work and connects employers with the staff they need. It provides information, advice and support in person, online, and on the phone.
For details about employment opportunities within the department, visit our Careers page.
Business Victoria helps businesses to plan, start and grow by providing information and assistance, expert business advice and low cost and local skills development training opportunities.
For analysis of the latest trends in the Victorian labour market, visit the Victorian labour force dashboard. This summarises data from previous and current Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data releases including demographics such as regions, age, sex and industry.
For a summary of the latest trends in Victoria’s economy, visit the Summary of Victorian economic data dashboard.
Jobs Victoria services
Jobs Victoria Advocates support Victorians looking for work in local communities and connect people with the information, support and training that’s right for them.
Jobs Victoria Mentors help people to become work-ready, find a job that suits them, and support them in their role for the first six months.
The Jobs Victoria hotline: people looking for work, employers and supporting organisations can call the hotline on 1300 208 575 for information, advice and connections to local Jobs Victoria services.
Jobs Victoria Work and Learning Centres help jobseekers, especially those living in public housing, to find local training, work experience and jobs. They’re in Fitzroy, North Geelong, Moe, Ballarat and Shepparton.
The Youth Employment Scheme provides young people with an opportunity to work in the Victorian Public Service for 12 months while completing accredited training.
Social and microenterprises
The Victorian Government’s Social Enterprise Strategy aims to improve and expand Victoria’s social enterprise sector. The strategy is the first of its kind in Australia and aims to create more inclusive jobs and deliver enhanced economic and social value to the Victorian community.
Business Victoria services
Business Victoria offers a range of tools, grants, programs and support services for Victorian businesses to operate and build business capability, including:
The Business Planning Tool is a free and easy-to-use resource to help Victorian business owners set goals, plan next steps, track progress and learn new skills.
The Event Planner is a guided tool making it easier for small event and festival organisers by providing a centralised information hub with relevant resources and information for running safe and successful events.
The Small Business Support Toolkits Program offers localised workshops, live webinars, one-on-one confidential business advice and self-guided learning opportunities for established and emerging business owners.
The Small Business Bus travels around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, helping small businesses develop ideas and capabilities. It offers resources and support through various government organisations as well as business assistance from expert advisers and financial business counselling through the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Ready for Growth supports up to 1,000 businesses with high growth potential to reach new markets, accelerate their growth and create jobs.
Workplace wellbeing providing mental health and business wellbeing support for sole traders, small businesses and employees.
Other employment programs
The Digital Jobs program aims to build the state’s digital workforce by training and upskilling mid-career Victorians so they can transition into digital careers.
Better Approvals for Business program
The Better Approvals for Business program is part of the Victorian Government’s regulation reform agenda focused on improving planning and other business approvals processes to support economic recovery.
Fair Payments Policy
The Victorian Government's Contracts for fair payments policy has been established to support small and medium businesses by increasing the timeliness and certainty of cash flow. The policy applies to department and agency contracts entered for goods and services, including Works or Construction Services.
Small Business Regulation Review
Business Victoria has reviewed the regulatory burdens placed on small businesses across the state. Cutting red tape for small businesses supports entrepreneurs and helps business grow, contribute to Victoria's economy and generate new employment opportunities. Find out more Small Business Retail Regulation Review.
Business Victoria offers a range of grants and programs to support businesses. To find one for your business, see: Grants and programs.
Employment and Small Business
Victorian Small Business Commission