A Digital Workforce Built Just For Victoria​

As the world adjusts to COVID-19, connecting with others has become the new global aspiration. Communicating with communities and business networks has become the new talent.  And engaging and exchanging ideas internationally has become the new currency.

As such, the need and demand for people with digital skills is growing rapidly.

You can now get exactly what you need

In response to this demand, the Victorian Government has launched the Digital Jobs Program to create a new pool of talented people with the digital skills necessary to ensure Victorian businesses will be at the forefront of the new world.

Over the next three years, 5,000 experienced and highly capable mid-career workers will transition into digital careers. They’ll receive training from leading education providers Melbourne University, RMIT, Monash College, and Victoria University in skill areas such as:

  • Data analytics
  • Programming/software development
  • Cyber security
  • Cloud computing
  • AI/Machine learning
  • User Experience/User Interface
  • Product management
  • Web development
  • Digital marketing, operations, support
  • Project (agile) management

Carefully Selected

Everyone that qualifies for the Digital Jobs Program is selected through a competitive process and screened for aptitude in a digital career. They are mid-career Victorians from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds, with a demonstrated enthusiasm for pursuing a digital profession.  

To qualify, all candidates have to be over 30 years of age or have at least 10 years’ work experience.  As such, they all have significant work and life experience – and valuable transferrable skills – that make them perfect for their new digital career.

For Victorian Businesses

Only businesses operating in Victoria are eligible to access this program.

As a Victorian business, you are eligible to trial these job-ready candidates through a subsidised 12-week internship.  

Your business will be provided with a $5,000 wage subsidy to support their employment, plus a qualified Mentor will be supplied free-of-charge to assist them with their professional development.

To register, submit your details using the form at the end of this page and be placed on our host company shortlist.  We will advise you via email whether your application is successful (this typically occurs within 2 business days).

Successful businesses will be matched with candidates with the training, skills and background that fit the role(s) you’re looking for.  You can also select your preferred candidate(s).

Meet One Of Our Career Changers: Natalie

Natalie is an experienced human resources practitioner looking for an opportunity to combine her HR and system implementation experience with her recent studies in business analytics.

With a demonstrated history of working in the medical and NFP industries, along with her dedication to continuous learning, we think she’ll make a fantastic addition to any Victorian business.

Is My Business Eligible To Apply?

  1. Be one of the following entity types:
    • A company incorporated in Australia

    • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

    • An incorporated association

    • A partnership

    • A joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation

    • A [registered charity or] not-for-profit organisation

    • A publicly funded research organisation

    • An Australian local government body

    • An Australian state or territory government body

  2. Operate in Victoria (meaning the internship opportunity/ies to which your application relates, must be located in Victoria)

  3. Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)

  4. Have current WorkCover Insurance (or equivalent) for an unlimited amount that shall include liability under statute or common law

  5. Be registered with Worksafe

  6. Have met all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards

  7. Have not had any working conditions breaches in the last five years

  8. Comply with the Fair Work Act, 2009

What Are Mid-Career Workers?

A mid-career professional is someone with more than 10 years of professional experience.

With digital skills shortages across the economy, re-trained mid-career workers represent a new potential source of digital talent. They have transferrable skills and soft skills that are valuable to employers that positions them for a faster trajectory than other entry-level candidates, such as graduates.

What Constitutes An Internship?

For the purposes of this program, internships are paid entry-level positions. They are intended to provide the participant with an introduction to the business and/or industry and allow them to apply and learn digital skills in the context of the host business’s operations and current projects.

Internships under the Digital Jobs Program must be at least 12 weeks in duration and pay at least the minimum wage.

What Roles Can Candidates Fill?

From a technical perspective, candidates are best suited to entry-level positions, as their technical knowledge will in most cases be foundational.

The types of careers that candidates will be aspiring to include data analysts, network technicians, cyber security officers, cloud administrators, software developers, product designers, web designers, marketers, product managers and quality officers.

What Would My Business Be Required To Do?

  1. Employ the participant directly, for a minimum duration of 12 weeks full time, or equivalent (e.g. half-time at 6 months).

  2. Offer the participant full-time working hours, or negotiate a part-time arrangement if it is agreeable to the participant.

  3. Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards.

  4. Pay the participant at least the relevant minimum wage.

  5. Comply with all Worksafe compliance codes and codes of practice – visit https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/compliance-codes-and-codes-practice.

  6. Ensure that the participant will undertake work that:

    • Provides them with an opportunity to learn and apply digital skills,

    • Is broadly relevant to the subject area they have studied, or complements those skills,

    • Is ideally project or product based with defined deliverables.

  7. Provide the participant adequate support, including:

    • The assignment of a supervisor and the provision of contact details,

    • An appropriate induction and onboarding phase, providing relevant briefings on safety standards, site access, normal hours of work, emergency details and other elements as appropriate,

    • At least two hours per day of staff time (~25 per cent of FTE) for supervising the participant and towards their learning and development (i.e. by the supervisor and/or other employee(s)),

    • Supply the participant with necessary equipment and resources for undertaking the internship.

    • Report any work health and safety incidents regarding the participant to the Delivery Partner within two working days.

    • Conduct reporting as required by DJPR or the Delivery Partner.


We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to pursue the career of their choice. Working with industry partners who are as passionate about increasing the employability of the next generation as we are will help immeasurably.

Once you have completed the Registration Form, one of our team will be in contact to answer any questions you may have and to explain the next steps.

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