Shires attract state government funding to connect workers to jobs

By David Rak

Employment opportunities across Mitchell and Strathbogie shires have been bolstered thanks to the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative which will see a range of recovery roles supported for six months.

Mitchell Shire Council was successful in attracting $3.8 million under the fund that will see 74 full-time roles and one part-time role across the shire to support business and community recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Strathbogie Shire Council has also signed up to the program and will offer 43 positions.

The roles cover a variety of positions, skills and experience from cleaning, business support, administration, finance, human resources, project management, outdoor operations, grants writing, training and cultural heritage.

The $500 million Working for Victoria initiative is helping to link people who are looking for work with people looking for staff.

This includes people who have lost their jobs, or businesses who need more workers, due to the impacts of coronavirus.

Mitchell Shire Council and Strathbogie Shire Council are among 28 councils across the state hiring workers through Working for Victoria so far, as well as other employers across the public and private sector.

People in both shires who have been impacted in the workplace from the current pandemic are encouraged to register with Working for Victoria.

Working for Victoria has partnered with Sidekicker to deliver the online platform. Jobseekers can find work and access online training through the platform.

Employers can find experienced and screened people ready to work. Find out more and register at

Please note all applications for these roles must come through the Working for Victoria website.

Council cannot accept applications directly.

For a list of roles, visit or directly to Working for Victoria by visiting

Mitchell Shire Council Acting chief executive Mary Agostino said COVID-19 had had an immense impact on the community.

“This significant support package through Working for Victoria will create substantial employment opportunities to support council and community-led recovery initiatives,” she said.

“We know businesses and employees have been extremely hard hit by this pandemic. I’d encourage people who are looking for work or looking for workers to use Working for Victoria to explore opportunities and explore options that will open across our shire.”