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The Regional Mental Health Workforce Incentives aim to:

  • Support the attraction, recruitment, and retention of new workers to priority positions across 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 incentives include the following elements:

  • Regional mental health workforce incentive grants that will encourage and support mental health workers to relocate, settle and remain in rural and regional areas.
  • Navigator roles that will ensure all new workers are well supported prior to employment, during relocation, settlement and integration into local communities.
  • Support for the promotion of jobs and the broader incentives to attract workers with the appropriate skills from metropolitan areas, interstate, and/or overseas to rural and regional services across Victoria.

The incentives are supported by a Victorian Government investment of $13.7m over four years.


The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlighted ongoing workforce challenges experienced by rural and regional areas identifying that these areas struggle to attract and retain mental health workforce across all disciplines.
The Royal Commission recommended the Victorian Government address mental health and wellbeing workforce supply needs in rural and regional areas and establish an incentive scheme to:

a) attract mental health and wellbeing workers to rural and regional mental health and wellbeing services

b) retain mental health and wellbeing workers in such services.

Workforce relocation and incentive grants

The Victorian Government has allocated funds to support rural and regional Area Menta Health Services to provide incentives to attract workers to roles that are difficult to fill.

Service eligibility

Workers being recruited to AMHS across rural and regional Victoria will be eligible to access the workforce relocation and incentive grants. For services to qualify they must be based in MMM2 – MMM6, under the Modified Monash Model.
The following AMHS are in scope:

  • Albury Wodonga Health
  • Ballarat Health Services
  • Barwon Health – where role in based in MMM2 – MMM6
  • Bendigo Health
  • Goulburn Valley Health
  • La Trobe Regional Hospital
  • Mildura Base Hospital
  • South West Healthcare

Grant guidelines

For more information and to see guidelines for Area Mental Health Services, click here.

Please ensure you read the program guidelines available from here prior to completing this form.

If you are an Area Mental Health Service and want to apply for a Relocation and Retention Incentive please complete the application form below:

Looking for a Mental Health role in rural Victoria? visit our Mental Health vacancies by clicking the button below.

You can also find more information about the Mental Health vacancies through a series of questions and answers below which might be helpful. 

The key contact(s) at the Area Mental Health Service are responsible for completing and submitting the application form.

The following information will be asked:

  • Grant recipient details (where relevant)
  • Role details, including classification and outline
  • Recruitment difficulties experienced to date
  • How incentive grant will support recruitment and retention
  • The items that will be funded and their cost.

The following will be required where relevant:

  • Copy of the position description
  • Candidate’s resume
  • Employment contract or letter of offer.
Grants will have a nominal value of up to $20,000 (GST incl.) per employee however services will negotiate the exact value and details of the package with eligible employee.
In accordance with public funding guidelines, AMHS or grant recipient will need to attach, original receipts must accompany all funding claims.
People relocating within rural and regional Victoria can be eligible, however this will generally be in instances where the MMM number increases. See:https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator/health-workforce-locator to determine MMM for a particular location.
Yes – services recruiting international candidates should first claim the international travel allowance. See https://www.health.vic.gov.au/medical-workforce-in-victoria/international-recruitment Services can then make a claim for any additional costs up to a total of $20,000 through the Regional MH Workforce Incentives.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch with us now or phone 03 93497800 (Option 1).

This initiative is supported by the Victorian State Government.

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