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While first instalment payments are now closed, a second instalment payment is available to an eligible employer who received a first instalment payment, in these categories:

  • Employers of unemployed people living in the Latrobe Valley and retrenched workers from the Hazelwood Power Station who started work between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2020. 

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
    • 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 first instalment claim, if the funding pool is exhausted before we receive your claim, it will not be paid.

Retrenched worker from the Hazelwood Power Station

A 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 first instalment claim, if the funding pool is exhausted before we receive your claim, it will not be paid.

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.
  • 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.

Last modified: 9 July 2021
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