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There are four broad criteria governing eligibility:

  1. The employer must be an eligible employer,
  2. The employee must be an eligible employee,
  3. The job must be an eligible job,
  4. The claim for a payment must be lodged within the relevant timeframe.

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Who is an eligible employer?

All employers are eligible other than:

What is a poor workplace safety record?

An employer has a poor workplace safety record if they have been convicted or found guilty of an offence under legislation administered and enforced by the Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe), or for a related offence prosecuted by WorkSafe under the Crimes Act 1958:

  • Within five years of an eligible employee starting employment, or
  • Within seven years of an eligible employee starting employment if the conviction or finding of guilt related to a workplace fatality.

What is a recent employer?

A recent employer of an eligible employee is an employer that previously employed the employee in the past 12 months.

What is an eligible employee?

Eligible employees must be unemployed and seeking work. A person is an eligible employee if they fall into one of the following categories and started employment with the eligible employer in the relevant date range.

 
Employee category Requirements Employment start date

Unemployed person living in the Latrobe Valley

An unemployed person living in the Latrobe Valley is a person who:

  • Was unemployed prior to starting employment, and 
  • At the time of starting employment with the eligible employer, has or immediately before, had:
    • an address within the Shire of Baw Baw, Shire of Wellington, or the Latrobe City Council.

1 January 2017 to 30 June 2020 or until the $6 million fund is fully subscribed (whichever occurs first).

Note: While you have nine months from the date of employment to lodge your claim, if the funding pool is exhausted before we receive your claim, it will not be paid.

Retrenched worker from the Hazelwood Power Station

 

 

retrenched worker from the Hazelwood Power Station is an employee who lost their last job in Victoria because their last job was made redundant (i.e. the job was no longer needed) and that job was located at the Hazelwood Power Station.

 

 

 

1 January 2017 to 30 June 2020 or until the $6 million fund is fully subscribed (whichever occurs first).

Note: While you have nine months from the date of employment to lodge your claim, if the funding pool is exhausted before we receive your claim, it will not be paid.

Dairy industry workers

dairy industry worker is a person who is a member of a dairy farm household or a retrenched dairy worker.

A member of a dairy farm household is a person who, at the time of commencing employment with the eligible employer has, or immediately before commencing employment with the employer had, for their home address a property operating as a dairy farm in Victoria.

A retrenched dairy worker is an employee who lost their last job in Victoria because their last job was made redundant (i.e. the job was no longer needed) or their employer became insolvent or bankrupt and their employer was in the Victorian dairy industry.

The dairy industry (including a dairy farm) is a person or business that holds or held a dairy industry licence with Dairy Food Safety Victoria in respect of the business, that was current and valid at the time immediately before the eligible employee commenced employment with the eligible employer.

An eligible employer for a member of a dairy farm household may not be the farm where the eligible employee lives, or a business owned or run by that farm.

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018 or until the $15 million fund is fully subscribed (whichever occurs first).

Note: While you have nine months from the date of employment to lodge your claim, if the funding pool is exhausted before we receive your claim, it will not be paid.

Retrenched automotive workers

A person is a retrenched automotive worker if they lost their last job in Victoria because it was made redundant (i.e. their job was no longer needed) or their employer became insolvent or bankrupt and their employer was in the automotive industry.

The automotive industry includes a business that was in operation in Victoria before May 2013 in one or more of the following categories:

  • Motor vehicle producer,
  • Producer of automotive components,
  • Producer of automotive machine tools or automotive tooling,
  • Materials supplier (e.g. a supplier of plastics, metals, or oils) to original equipment motor vehicle producers, or
  • Provider of automotive services to original equipment motor vehicle producers.

A motor vehicle producer is a producer of motor vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight of not more than 3.5 tonnes.

An automotive component producer is a producer of at least one kind of automotive component to the original equipment sector. Automotive components do not include a component that is not purpose-built for automotive use (e.g. a fastener or electrical device in general use).

A materials supplier is a person who supplies materials to the automotive industry that are directly related to the production of motor vehicles (e.g. plastics, metals, oils).

An automotive machine tool or automotive tooling producer is a producer of automotive machine tools or automotive tooling of a kind that are designed and built to be used solely for the production of motor vehicles, engines, engine components or automotive components.

A provider of automotive services includes a business that provides design, development or engineering services to the automotive industry.

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018 or until the $15 million fund is fully subscribed (whichever occurs first).

Note: While you have nine months from the date of employment to lodge your claim, if the funding pool is exhausted before we receive your claim, it will not be paid.

 

 

Note: The second instalment payment is available to an eligible employer who received a first instalment payment.

Where applicable, it is payable nine months from lodging the first instalment claim provided the eligible employee has been continuously employed.

What does unemployed mean?

A person is unemployed for the purposes of the Back to Work Scheme if they:

  • Did not carry out any form of paid work immediately prior to starting employment, or
  • Had a casual or part-time job of up to 10 hours per week on average before starting employment.

What is an eligible job?

An eligible job is an ongoing full-time or part-time Victorian job offered by an eligible employer where the salary does not exceed the salary limit.

A casual job is not an eligible job as it does not have guaranteed hours of work and does not entitle the employee to paid sick leave or annual leave as per National Employment Standards.

What is the salary limit?

The salary limit for a full-time job is $120,000 per annum.

The salary limit for a part-time employee is apportioned on the number of hours worked. For example, if a part-time employee works on average 25 hours per week, the salary limit is 25/35 x $120,000 = $85,714.

What is an ongoing job?

An ongoing job continues indefinitely until the employer or employee ends the employment relationship. It does not include a job for a fixed period of time or a job undertaken for a particular task or project.

What is a full-time job?

A full-time job is a job requiring, on average, at least 35 hours of work each week. The employee should be entitled to at least the minimum standards of paid personal (sick) and annual leave under the National Employment Standards for a full-time employee.

What is a part-time job?

A part-time job is a job requiring, on average, at least 20 hours of work each week. The employee should be entitled to at least the minimum standards of paid personal (sick) and annual leave under the National Employment Standards for a part-time employee.

What is a Victorian job?

A Victorian job is one connected to Victoria under WorkSafe legislation, that is a job requiring the employer to have WorkSafe insurance in respect of the person employed.

Employers who self-insure are also eligible to claim a Back to Work payment.

What is accredited training?

Accredited training means courses at Certificate 1 level and above provided by a registered training provider with a current contract to deliver training under the Victorian Training Guarantee. 

A reimbursement of up to $4000 is available to eligible employers who provide accredited training to:

  • Dairy industry workers who started employment any time from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018.
  • Retrenched automotive workerswho started employment any time from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018.
  • Unemployed people living the Latrobe Valleywho started employment from 1 January 2017.
  • Retrenched workers from the Hazelwood Power Station who started employment from 1 January 2017.