Department of Health

New mental health workforce incentives program to attract mental health workforce to rural and regional Victoria

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A new Regional Mental Health Workforce Incentives program aims to attract workers to priority vacancies in state funded mental health and alcohol and other drug services in rural and regional Victoria.  

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted ongoing workforce challenges experienced by rural and regional services. 

It recommended the Victorian Government establish a new incentive scheme to help address the workforce shortages. 

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. 

Flexible grants are available to support costs such as accommodation, relocation, childcare, school fees and vehicle costs.

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

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

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

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

More information including job vacancies is available on the RWAV website.

Reviewed 11 July 2022


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