If you're a worker facing retrenchment, Jobs Victoria Workers in Transition has developed this checklist to help you navigate the process and take the next step towards your future.

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Things you should do


Understand the retrenchment process

  • Talk to your employer about the notice period, termination date and payment entitlements
  • Request an Employment Separation Certificate from your employer
  • Enquire at and/or register with Centrelink
  • Attend seminars, workshops and one-on-one sessions that are available to you

Ph: 13 61 50

Jobs Victoria
Ph: 1300 208 575

Consider retraining or up-skilling

  • Find out about courses offered by TAFE institutions, private providers and Learn Local organisations via the Victorian Skills Gateway
  • Visit your closest Skills and Jobs Centre for advice on job opportunities, vocational training and links to a range of services to help you get ready for the future.

Victoria Skills Gateway
Ph: 131 823

Consider looking for another job

  • Participate in career counselling to analyse your skills, explore the local market and prepare for future roles
  • Visit your closest Skills and Jobs Centre
  • Get information and support from Jobs Victoria and find your closest Jobs Victoria Partner
  • Find a jobactive provider in your area

Skills and Jobs Centres
Ph: 1300 100 606

Jobs Victoria
Ph: 1300 208 575


Consider creating a new business

  • Business Victoria offers a range of information and advice
  • Select ‘Start your own business’ from the jobseekers menu on the Australian Government’s jobactive portal

Business Victoria
Ph: 13 22 15

Ph: 13 62 68

Enquire about free financial counselling

  • MoneyHelp provides tools and advice to help you manage your money and debt
  • MoneySmart is financial guidance from the Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  • Centrelink’s Financial Information Service helps you make informed decisions about your finances

Money Help
Ph: 1800 007 007

Money Smart
Ph: 1300 300 630

Ph: 13 61 50

Take care of your emotional health and well-being, as well as your family's

  • Seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing emotional hardship
  • Attend welfare and personal support services in your area

Ph: 131 114

Beyond Blue
Ph: 1300 22 4636