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

Download the Regional Guide for Central Highlands (PDF 454KB)

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

Ballarat SMB Campus
20 Grant Street, Ballarat 3350
(03) 5327 6540
skillsandjobs@federation.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 Central Highlands

Aarat
Cnr King & High Streets
Aarat 3377

Ballarat
12 Albert Street
Ballarat 3350

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

Ararat
Ararat Rural City
59 Vincent Street
Ararat 3377
(03) 5355 0200
council@ararat.vic.gov.au

Ballan  
Moorabool Shire Council
15 Stead Street
Ballan 3342
(03) 5366 7100
info@moorabool.vic.gov.au

Ballarat
Ballarat City Council
25 Armstrong Street South
Ballarat 3350
(03) 5320 5500
ballcity@ballarat.vic.gov.au

Bannockburn  
Golden Plains Shire Council
2 Pope Street
Bannockburn 3331
(03) 5220 7111
enquiries@gplains.vic.gov.au

Beaufort  
Pyrenees Shire Council
5 Lawrence Street
Beaufort 3373
(03) 5349 1100
pyrenees@pyrenees.vic.gov.au

Daylesford
Hepburn Shire Council
76 Vincent Street
Daylesford 3460
(03) 5348 2306
shire@hepburn.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.