Department of Health

New regional incentive program for mental health workforce

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted ongoing workforce supply challenges experienced in rural and regional areas.
It recommended a new incentive scheme to attract and retain workers in state funded mental health and alcohol and other drug services in rural and regional Victoria.

The Victorian Government is investing $13.7 million over the next four years in the new incentives program. 

The program provides workforce relocation and incentive grants to help attract workers from metropolitan areas, interstate, and overseas to rural and regional services across Victoria. These flexible grants support costs such as accommodation, relocation, childcare, school fees and vehicle costs.

As part of the program, successful job candidates will be supported to move, settle and integrate into rural and regional Victorian communities.

The program is one of the key priorities of Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024.

The Victorian Government has invested more than $600 million in workforce programs since the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. This is creating more jobs, services, education, training and career development opportunities across the state, including regional and rural Victoria.

The new workforce relocation and incentive grants program is being administered by Rural Agency Workforce Victoria (RWAV). 

More information including job vacancies and eligibility requirements is available on the RWAV website 

Reviewed 11 July 2022

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