We have developed this checklist to help you establish what you need to do if you intend to retrench staff.

Download a PDF of this checklist to print (61KB)

Discuss your business issues with a business mentor or industry group such as the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) or The Australian Industry Group (AiG).

Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ph: (03) 8662 5333

Australian Industry Group Ph: 1300 55 66 77

Look at other options before deciding to retrench staff e.g. restructure; reduced hours with agreement of employees, etc.

Consult with Business Victoria regarding options and advice for businesses facing challenges.
Business Victoria Ph: 13 22 15

Consult with your employees and union/s on the planned changes.

Advise the Commonwealth Department of Human Services, Centrelink of the proposed retrenchments.

Department of Human Services, Centrelink Ph: 13 11 58  

Check your Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) or Award to confirm your obligations.

Check that you are meeting your obligations as a business regarding:

  • severance pay
  • accrued wages
  • annual leave / long service leave
  • notice of termination
  • pay in lieu of notice
  • Employment Separation Certificate.

Contact the Jobs Victoria Workers in Transition team to arrange a seminar to support and assist your retrenched workers throughout the process.

Ph: 1300 208 575

Consider contacting local companies in your industry or similar industries who may have vacancies.