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Resources for retrenched employees

Find your feet after being retrenched.

 On this page

  • Financial advice and support
  • Counselling
  • Get help to find a job
  • Get further training
  • Local support

Organise an information session

Talk to your employer about organising an information session for employees and email the Business in Transition Support team to organise.

Financial advice and support 

MoneyHelp

A non-profit service providing free, confidential and independent financial counselling and debt advice. To access MoneyHelp, call the helpline on 1800 149 689 or visit the MoneyHelp website.

Centrelink

Provides a free Financial Information Service (FIS). You do not need to be claiming a Centrelink benefit to access this service. To speak to a FIS officer, call 13 23 00 or visit the Centrelink FIS page.

MoneySmart

An initiative of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). It offers tips and tools to help make the most of your money, including how to manage your money, or deal with credit, debt or other financial issues.

You can download various fact sheets from the website or call the infoline on 1300 300 630.

Counselling

The impact from a restructure, retrenchment or unexpected income loss can cause financial and emotional hardship for business owners, managers and workers, as well as for their families.

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

Lifeline

A free, confidential telephone helpline that offers support regarding mental health and wellbeing. Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the Lifeline website

Beyond Blue

Provides information and a referral service for those who may be experiencing depression, anxiety or substance abuse. For more information please call 1300 224 636 or visit the Beyond Blue website.

Get help to find a job

Centrelink

Centrelink provides job seekers with free access to job search facilities, including the use of job search kiosks and job search telephones. Job search kiosks provide centralised information regarding current job opportunities, career information, information about Job Services Australia providers and other local employment services.

Contact Centrelink to check your options or search for your nearest Centrelink locations.

Job Services Australia

Job Services Australia links private and community organisations and services across Victoria. It can help with various job seeker needs, including:

  • job search, developing a resume and job placement
  • access to job searching facilities
  • personal skills assessments
  • skills development and training relevant to the needs of your local job market
  • referral to education or training opportunities, including the Productivity Places Program, the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program, or the Adult Migrant English Program
  • work experience opportunities.

Get help online for workers who have just lost their job or find a full listing of offices in your area with address details or call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68

The Career Search booklet

The Career Search booklet contains information on the next steps to getting yourself back into the workforce. The booklet is designed to help you through the planning and preparation process so you feel positive and confident to enter the workforce again. Areas highlighted in the book include:

  • identifying similar jobs you could consider
  • help to identify what skills you have
  • planning for your future
  • helpful hints for writing a resume
  • interview preparation and techniques.

For a free copy of the Career Search Booklet, please email the Business in Transition Support team.

SEEK

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

Start looking on SEEK for positions and training opportunities.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional, business-orientated social networking site. It connects you with contacts and allows you to exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. LinkedIn is used by many employers and recruiters to find suitable candidates for many different roles.

Get started and create your own LinkedIn account.

Get further training

The Victorian Skills Gateway

The Victorian Skills Gateway is your online guide to vocational training in Victoria. It will help you find the path that’s right for you with relevant information, handy hints, a searchable directory of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across the state, and links to others sources of support.

Find Registered Training Organisations and courses that will help you to up-skill and find work.

Local support

There are a variety of community groups and welfare organisations in your local area that may be able to assist you with a range of personal services such as:

  • emergency financial relief
  • housing assistance
  • counseling services.

Your local council can provide you with a list of these groups/organisations. Find and contact your local council.

Program Contact

Business in Transition Support
bits@dsdbi.vic.gov.au

13 22 15 (local call)