Jobs Victoria’s Support for Jobseekers of African and Pasifika Heritage program addresses disproportionately high unemployment rates for young people in the African and Pasifika communities.

Through this program, the Victorian Government works with African and Pasifika community organisations and employment services specialists to make a positive impact on young lives through employment.

How does the Jobs Victoria Support for Jobseekers of African and Pasifika Heritage program work?

The program matches local organisations working with African and Pasifika communities with Jobs Victoria Partners who provide their expertise in employment services.

This builds the capacity of the community organisations so that, ultimately, they will be equipped to independently support young jobseekers into the workforce.

The program also creates a positive environment for knowledge exchange between the community organisations, jobseekers, Jobs Victoria Partners and the Victorian Government to develop culturally appropriate ways to build relationships and deliver employment services to young people in these communities.

Who can get involved?

The program provides assistance to Victorian jobseekers of African and Pasifika heritage who are or at risk of long-term unemployment and lack adequate support through other services.

The following jobseekers are eligible for assistance:

  • Unemployed African and Pasifika-Australians who face labour market disadvantage and need assistance to gain employment but are ineligible for full Commonwealth employment services (i.e. people who are only able to access jobactive services as a volunteer). This will generally be people who are unemployed but not in receipt of income support payments.
  • African and Pasifika-Australian jobseekers who are eligible for full Commonwealth job services but have complex barriers to employment.

Participants must also be:

  • living in Victoria
  • Australian Citizens; or permanent residents; or temporary residents under Australia’s refugee and humanitarian program who hold visas with work entitlements.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information on the Jobs Victoria Support for Jobseekers of African and Pasifika Heritage program you can contact one of the following organisations working with African and Pasifika communities:

Afri-Auscare

Location covered: Greater Dandenong

Contact: afri-auscare.org/ | 03 9794 9195 | info@afri-auscare.org


African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services (AAMEYS)

Locations covered: Inner Melbourne, Western Metropolitan Region

Contact: aameys.com.au/ | 03 9042 1604 | harmony@aameys.com.au


Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria

Locations covered: Inner Melbourne, Northern Melbourne, South Eastern Metropolitan Region, Western Melbourne

Contact: aocav.com/ | ocaustralia@gmail.com


Centre for Multicultural Youth

Locations covered: Casey, Greater Dandenong

Contact: cmy.net.au/ | 03 9340 3700 | enquiry@cmy.net.au


Multicultural Consulting Services

Locations covered: Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham

Contact: multiculturalconsulting.com.au/ | 03 9689 7635 | info@multiculturalconsulting.com.au


Somali Women’s Development Association

Locations covered: Inner Melbourne, Western Metropolitan Region

Contact: swdai.org.au/ | 03 8596 7651 | admin@swdai.org.au


Somali Community Inc. Australia

Contact: somalicommunity.org.au/ | 0432 677 567 | admin@somalicommunity.org.au


Somali Community of Australia

Contact: somalicommunityofaustralia@gmail.com


Youth Activating Youth

Locations covered: Brimbank, Casey, Greater Dandenong

Contact: yay.org.au/ | 03 9042 1191 | info@yay.org.au