This guide provides you with local information so you can contact relevant services in your area.

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Skills and Job Centres

Skills and Job Centres are your first port of call if you are looking to enter the workforce, start training, or re-skill.

Your local Skills and Job Centre

Geelong
Westfield Geelong
Level 1, Shop 2254-2255 
(03) 5225 0770
skillscentre@gordontafe.edu.au

Retraining or upskilling

TAFE and other training organisations

If you’re thinking about a training course, take a look at the variety of courses available at the Victorian Skills Gateway. At the website you can find available courses by name, occupation, provider and/or your location. You can also call 131 823 for more information.

Looking for a job

Jobs Victoria

Jobs Victoria links jobseekers with employers looking for staff. If you're eligible, a Jobs Victoria Partner can provide you with tailored support including CV development and interview skills, work experience, skills training, jobs placement and mentoring.

Find your local Jobs Victoria Partner

Find job searching tips on our Get Job Ready page

jobactive Employment Services

jobactive links private and community organisations and services across Victoria. It can help you with range of job-search needs.

For details on jobactive in your area call 13 62 68 or visit www.jobsearch.gov.au

Online job-search and professional networking

SEEK is a leader in online employment and training services in Australia. SEEK’s goal is to connect people with careers, related learning and business opportunities.

LinkedIn is a business-orientated social-networking site. It connects you with contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas and opportunities with a broad network of professionals. Employers and recruiters use LinkedIn to find suitable candidates for many different roles.

Financial advice

Centrelink

Centrelink offers a free and confidential Financial Information Service that can help you prepare for retrenchment, including:

  • Financial options
  • Financial planning principles
  • Taxation and social security implications
  • Superannuation
  • Investment choices.

Centrelink provides direct assistance to families through a range of payments and services to help with health, social and welfare expenses.

Visit www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/job-seekers or call Centrelink Families: Ph: 13 61 50 (Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm).

Centrelink Customer Service Centres in Barwon

Colac
55 Dennis Street
Colac 3250

Corio
1st Floor, Corio Shopping Centre
Cnr Bacchus Marsh & Purnell Roads 
Corio 3214

Geelong
12-14 Little Ryrie Street
Geelong 3214

Financial counselling

Financial counselling can help you make decisions about your finances and plan for the future. The following websites contain useful information and pathways to financial advice.

MoneyHelp

MoneySmart

Centrelink

Local council and personal support services

There are a range of community groups and welfare organisations in your local area that can assist you with services such as:

  • Emergency financial relief
  • Housing assistance
  • Counselling.

Contact your local council to find services in your area

Colac
Colac-Otway Shire Council
2-6 Rae Street
Colac 3250
(03) 5232 9400
inq@colacotway.vic.gov.au

Geelong
Greater Geelong City Council
City Hall, 30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220
(03) 5272 5272
contactus@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Queenscliffe
Borough of Queenscliffe
50 Learmonth Street
Queenscliffe 3225
(03) 5258 1377
info@queenscliffe.vic.gov.au

Torquay
Surf Coast Shire Council
1 Merrijig Drive
Torqyat 3228
(03) 5261 0600
info@surfcoast.vic.gov.au

Emotional support

A restructure, retrenchment or unexpected income loss can cause financial and emotional hardship for business owners, managers, workers and their families.

Talking to someone is an important first step if you or someone you know is experiencing problems.

Lifeline is a free confidential telephone helpline that offers support regarding mental health and wellbeing. Call 13 11 14.

Beyond Blue provides information and referral services for those who may be experiencing depression, anxiety or substance abuse. Call 1300 224 636.

Other services

Trade unions may be able to provide you with support and advice through this transition period. The Victorian Trades Hall Council has a list of unions here: www.vicunions.org.au

Redundancy InfoLink is your starting point for helpful information and assistance after notification of redundancy.