Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative has delivered a huge
array of benefits to the Greater Geelong community over the past eight months.
City of Greater Geelong was able to secure work for hundreds of residents
through the statewide $500 million initiative.
jobs program was aimed at supporting people who had been impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic or who had been unemployed for a long period of time.
August 2020, the City has used the Victorian Government-funded initiative to
redeploy some existing employees and recruit 185 new employees to the
program supported a variety of roles, including administration officers; data
analysts and collection officers; support officers; healthy communities
education officers; welfare contact officers; graffiti removalists and
sanitisation team members.
Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said the Working for Victoria program had been a
welcome initiative during the most challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
for Victoria has been a great success and I’d like to thank all those who
joined us via the program for the work they have done for the community.
only did it allow us to provide ongoing work for our own employees affected by
the facility shutdowns, but it meant we could bring onboard more than 160 new
allowed us to support our community by meeting the high demand for essential
services, introduce COVID-19 specific programs and bring forward work on vital
City’s Working for Victoria employees oversaw key programs such as:
processing of 3231 refunds and fee waivers, which the Council had
introduced through its Economic and Community Support Packages;
delivery of Meals on Wheels to clients during the toughest periods of
daily sanitisation program across the municipality, including weekly
sanitisation support for sport and recreation clubs;
expansion of the kerbside recycling inspection program from one team to
four, allowing for up to 1500 residential bins to be checked each day.
large team of 25 Maintenance Support Officers helped keep parks clean and tidy,
refurbish playgrounds and maintain green open spaces and garden beds.
an asset management team carried out condition assessments on more than 200,000
public assets, including more than 20,000km worth of footpaths.
massive audit will inform the City’s capital works program in 2021-22 and
Councillor Peter Murrihy, Chair of the Economic Development portfolio, said the program had been valuable in providing meaningful employment during a tough time and helping workers re-establish themselves in the job market.
residents who joined us through the Working for Victoria initiative have been
able to secure full-time or ongoing work with the City.
others have used this valuable experience, often in an unrelated field to their
previous employment, to develop new skills and to find another job.
employed under the statewide $500 million jobs program were supported with
last of these roles will be in place until 11 June.
Windermere Councillor Anthony Aitken thanked all of
the employees who had engaged with the Working for Victoria initiative.
We’re grateful to all of our Working for Victoria
employees for the enormous contribution they have made and for those who are
moving on, we wish them all the best in their future career endeavours.
We would also like to thank the Victorian
Government and Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford for their commitment to
the program and their support of so many Geelong residents.