Official: Invitation from the DHHS to lodge a submission for funding – AOD COVID Workforce Initiative

Message on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services invites state-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service providers to lodge a submission for funding as part of the AOD COVID Workforce Initiative.

As part of the 2020-21 budget, the Victorian government is investing $25.62 million over two years to employ 100 new AOD workers to address the impacts of COVID-19. These new workers will provide support to Victorians who have disengaged from treatment during the pandemic, along with those on waiting lists for residential alcohol and other drug treatment.

In line with Victoria’s alcohol and other drugs workforce strategy 2018-2022, recruitment will focus on building a skilled, available and sustainable workforce that meets the needs of people experiencing substance-related harm in metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria.

To obtain documentation detailing the invited submission process, requirements and avenues for further information email

The timelines are:

Call for funding submissions
Thursday 29 January 2021

Online Information Session for interested service providers
2 – 3pm, Thursday 4 February 2021 (register by 12 noon, 3 February)

Closing date for requests for further information
COB Thursday 11 February 2021

Closing date and time for submissions
COB Thursday 18 February 2021

Shortlisting to be completed by:
Friday 26 February 2021

Interviews (if required) to be conducted by:
12 March 2021

All service providers to be advised of outcome
26 March 2021

Service (recruitment) commencement by:
April 2021

Please note that the department will engage in a separate process over the coming months, including further consultation and co-design, to enable self-determination in the deployment of a proportion of the total funding for workforce in Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

To register for the non-mandatory online information session please provide your details via Eventbrite:

A Microsoft Teams invitation will then be sent to registered parties prior to the session.