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Jobs Victoria Mentors help people to become work-ready and find a job that suits them, they also connect employers with local candidates.

If you’re looking for work, contact a Jobs Victoria Partner in your local area. There you can talk to a Jobs Victoria Mentor about your eligibility for support. They can provide advice, help update your skills, and support you into a job that suits you.

If you’re an employer looking for staff, your local Jobs Victoria Partner can help you plan your recruitment and connect you to ready, local jobseekers. It’s a free service.

You can also find out more by calling the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575 or emailing info@jobs.vic.gov.au

I am looking for work. Am I eligible for Jobs Victoria Mentor services?

You are eligible for Jobs Victoria Mentor services if you:

  • have been unemployed for more than six months or more, or
  • are unemployed and at risk of long-term unemployment due to challenges when seeking employment, and you are not receiving enough support through other services.

Challenges you may be having looking for work may include, but are not limited to:

  • not completed secondary education
  • lack of post-school qualifications
  • little or no local work experience
  • low English language proficiency
  • low literacy (reading/writing)
  • lack of digital literacy
  • lack of knowledge of job search techniques/processes
  • limited social and professional networks that can assist job seeking
  • personal circumstances that make it harder for you to find or hold down a job such as experience of family violence, unstable housing, homelessness, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependence
  • low confidence and self-esteem.

To be eligible you must be resident in Victoria, and either:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident or
  • a temporary resident under Australia’s refugee and humanitarian program who hold visas with work entitlements.

Jobs Victoria services are free and voluntary.

Can I get support from Jobs Victoria if I am registered with a Commonwealth Government employment service?

Yes. If you meet the eligibility criteria above, and you are receiving support from a Commonwealth employment service, you are still eligible for Jobs Victoria Mentor services. Contact a Jobs Victoria Partner, or call our hotline to talk to someone about what support you’re looking for.

How is Jobs Victoria Mentors services different to the Jobs Victoria Employment Network?

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network is now called Jobs Victoria Mentor services. The service is very similar, but there are now many more Jobs Victoria Partners delivering more personalised support across the state. This includes our new specialist services that recognise every person’s journey to work is personal and that some people need more or different support to others.

Jobs Victoria Mentor services will support more Victorians looking for work and employers to find the right staff.