Jobs for Canberrans

Delivering Jobs

The ACT Government is working to ensure the economic recovery of the ACT and surrounding regions through a comprehensive economic response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

To do this, we need to work together with Canberrans to create job opportunities for those that need it and support local businesses through this difficult time.

The Jobs for Canberrans Fund was established in April 2020 to provide employment opportunities for people in the casual or semi-skilled workforce who lost their jobs or have been significantly impacted due to COVID-19.

In June, the Fund was expanded to offer additional opportunities for job seekers bringing the number of people employed through the Fund to over 450 people

Jobs have been made available for people who had relied on casual work and were not eligible for the Australian Government’s wage subsidy scheme or other support.

Roles have minimal pre-requisites and can be undertaken in a manner that is compliant with public health directions.

The ACT Government will continue to work with businesses, employee representatives and community services organisations to target those people most in need.


To be eligible to apply for roles, people must have lost their job, or have been significantly impacted as a result of COVID-19.

Roles will be made available to people most in need. Highest priority will be given to people ineligible for any Australian Government support.

Applicants will be stepped through eligibility criteria in more detail when they register.

A high number of registrations have been received since the program was announced. Registration is still open, so please sign up if you are eligible.

We will be working hard to process applications over the coming days and weeks.

If you have already registered, you will continue to receive notifications as new jobs become available.

Sign up

Eligible people can now sign up to be notified of casual and short-term roles as they become available.

Case study: Access Canberra supports Canberrans affected by COVID-19

Access Canberra welcomed 17 new team members through the Jobs for Canberrans Fund in May.

They are supporting our Canberra community by answering calls in the Contact Centre, including on the COVID-19 Helpline, supporting Service Centres, as well as processing transactions.

More than 10,000 calls have been received by the COVID-19 Helpline since it was established in April and in May a total of 70,000 calls were managed through the main call line of 13 22 21 as well as the COVID-19 Helpline.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: June 12 2020