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

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Skills and Jobs Centres

Skills and Jobs 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

Victoria Polytechnic
MetroWest: 138 Nicholson St, Footscray 3011
Sunshine Campus:
Building W, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine 3020
Melton Campus:
3 Alexandra Street, Melton 3337
(03) 9919 9988
sjc@vu.edu.au

The Gordon
Werribee: 24 Watton Street, Werribee 3030
(03) 06 5225 0666
wdcgeelong@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 broader 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 Western Metro Melbourne

Airport West
Shop 79, Level 1
Westfield Airport West
29-35 Louis Street
Airport West 3042

Newmarket
482-490 Racecourse Road
Flemington 3031

Footscray
Metro West Shopping Centre
Corner Albert & Paisley Streets
Footscray 3011

Melton
Shop OF01 External via Barries Road
Woodgrove Shopping Centre
533-555 High Street
Melton 3337

Newport
433-439 Melbourne Road
Newport 3015

Sunbury  
33–37 Evans Street
Sunbury 3931

Sunshine  
35-45 Dickson Street
Sunshine 3020

Taylor Lakes
Shop 1, Watergardens Town Centre
399 Keilor-Melton Road
Taylor Lakes 3038

Werribee
89-91 Synnot Street
Werribee 3030

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

Altona
Hobsons Bay City Council
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018
(03) 9932 1000
customerservice@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

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

Footscray  
Maribyrnong City Council
Corner Hyde & Napier Streets
Footscray 3011
(03) 9688 0200
email@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

Keilor
Brimbank City Council
Corner Old Calder Highway & Borrell Street
Keilor 3036
(03) 9249 4000
info@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Melton  
Melton City Council
232 High Street
Melton 3337
(03) 9747 7200
csu@melton.vic.gov.au

Moonee Ponds
Moonee Valley City Council
9 Kellaway Avenue
Monee Ponds 3039
(03) 9243 8888
council@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Werribee
Wyndham City Council
45 Princess Highway
Werribee 3030
(03) 9742 0777
mail@wyndham.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.