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Victorian Government investing in jobs and new support services for veterans and their families

Veteran employment initiatives

The Victorian Government is investing heavily in supporting veterans and their families in its bid to make Victoria the destination state for veterans. In today's interview with AVN, Victoria's Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane's message to veterans is:

We one hundred percent know that you are assets, and we want you here in Victoria
Veterans Employment Advocate, Major General (Rtd) David McLachlan AO AO (Mil) and Minister for Veterans, Shaun Leane MP at the launch of the State Government's veterans employment initiative

The cornerstone jobs initiative is a collaboration involving Jobs Victoria, Veterans Branch (within the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing), and Victorian Veterans Council. The veteran jobs program includes substantial incentives for employers from all industries to hire veterans and family members, including wage subsidies up to $20,000 for hiring a veteran who has been out of work or underemployed.

Victorian Minister for Employment, Jaala Pulford said:

Our servicewomen and men make a magnificent contribution to our country and it’s right that they are given every assistance to find new, rewarding careers.

Veterans and their families looking for work register and identify themselves as veterans or veteran families using Jobs Victoria online hub which connects people who are ready for work with employers. To find out more about the services on offer visiting the Jobs Victoria veterans page.

Jobs Victoria is also offering to assist employers in marketing their job opportunities and finding the right candidates for their roles. Employers can post job opportunities at no cost by visiting the Jobs Victoria employers page or emailing

In the interview below Victorian Minister for Veterans, Shaun Leane MP, outlines the benefits of the new employment and support initiatives being sponsored the State Government

$500,000 in funding from the State Government to support Veterans and their Families

With recommencement of hearings at the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide,

Minister Leane announced the State Government is providing $500,000 to Melbourne Legacy to deliver additional tailored support to the veteran community over the next 18 months. The program will also receive $500,000 worth of in-kind support from Melbourne Legacy.

Melbourne Legacy will run a program that supports the unique wellbeing needs of veterans and their families and connects them with referral partners, such as ex-service and community organisations. Melbourne Legacy is also able to a wide range of activities for veterans and their families including equine therapy, family days and social events.

Two new Veteran Liaison Officers will be employed to deliver the program by tapping into established networks throughout the ex-service community. The Veteran Liaison Officers will have the background and experience needed to connect with the veteran community and help veterans and family members access resources and programs relevant to their needs.

Melbourne Legacy Chief Executive Officer, Jo Moloney said:

We are proud to be working alongside the Victorian Government to provide crucial support to our veteran community and alleviate some of the stress and anxiety raised by the Royal Commission.

Further details of support services available for veterans and their families in relation to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide can be found on the royal commission's support page.

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