Our Given the Chance Jobs Victoria program provides a service for long-term jobseekers, who live in large parts of Melbourne's western, northern and south-eastern suburbs, and on the Mornington Peninsula.

Through Jobs Victoria program, jobseekers receive mentoring and training to become job ready.
Through Jobs Victoria program, jobseekers receive mentoring and training to become job ready.

Long-term jobseekers include

  • people unemployed for more than six months
  • people seeking asylum
  • people from a refugee background
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people
  • mature age people (aged 50+)
  • retrenched workers
  • young people aged 15 to 24 (not engaged in education, training or employment)
  • youth justice clients
  • sole parents
  • people with disability (not registered with a Disability Employment Service)
  • social housing tenants
  • ex-offenders
  • veterans and/or their families
  • people experiencing homelessness
  • people on low incomes
  • people affected by COVID-19
  • people registered with a Job Active provider.

Working stories

This program utilises an innovative recruitment model, working intensively with employers and jobseekers. Hiring through Given the Chance Jobs Victoria gives employers the opportunity to grow and diversify their workforce, foster social benefit and inclusion in workplace communities, and meet their social procurement objectives.

Jobseekers receive one to one assistance to create an employment pathway. This includes help navigating the Australian working cultures, interview skills and connection with employment opportunities. Everything is done with a focus on developing new skills and renewing confidence.

How to apply

To apply to Given the Chance Jobs Victoria, please download, fill out and return the application form to the relevant email below.

Contact BSL’s JVEN teams


Address: Dandenong Hub, Suite 3, Level 3, 26 McCrae Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175
Registration email: JVENSouthEast@bsl.org.au
Registration and enquiry phone: 0491 050 613

Manager: Kaye Bishop
Email: kaye.bishop@bsl.org.au
Phone: 0490 440 263


Address: Epping Community Hub, 713 High Street, Epping, VIC 3076
Registration email: JVENNorth@bsl.org.au
Registration and enquiry phone: 03 9422 5637

Manager: Angus Blackburn
Email: ablackburn@bsl.org.au
Phone: 0428 028 226


Address: 605 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Registration email: JVENWest@bsl.org.au
Registration and enquiry phone: 03 8080 1076

Manager: Noura Hachem
Email: noura.hachem@bsl.org.au
Phone: 0490 492 822


Employers interested in learning more about the program can contact:

Simon Gray
Email: simon.gray@bsl.org.au
Phone: 0427 258 521

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Jobs Victoria.