Department of Health

Recommendation 40

Providing incentives for the mental health and wellbeing workforce in rural and regional areas

What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommended a new incentive scheme to address mental health and wellbeing workforce supply needs in rural and regional Victoria.

The incentive scheme aims to build the workforce in rural and regional mental health and wellbeing services.

What are the opportunities?

The Royal Commission found that workforce shortages are often more pronounced in regional and rural Victoria.

Some mental health and wellbeing services in these communities find it difficult to attract enough workers.

A new incentive scheme will help attract and retain workers in these locations.

What are we doing?

The Victorian Government is investing in a new Regional Mental Health Workforce Incentives program.

The Regional Mental Health Workforce Incentives aim to:

  • Support the attraction, recruitment, and retention of new workers to priority positions in state funded mental health and alcohol and other drug services in rural and regional Victoria  
  • Support individuals and their dependents to move, settle and integrate into rural and regional Victorian communities.

The new program provides workforce relocation and incentive grants to help attract and retain workers from metropolitan areas, interstate, and overseas to rural and regional services across Victoria.

Workforce relocation and incentive grants are being administered by Rural Agency Workforce Victoria (RWAV).

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

Read more about the Strategy here.

Reviewed 07 July 2022

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