Given the Chance Jobs Victoria Employment Program

Our innovative program works with employers to create employment pathways for people who are unemployed and disadvantaged.

Our Given the Chance Jobs Victoria employment program is a service for disadvantaged jobseekers, who live in large parts of Melbourne's western, northern and south-eastern suburbs, and on the Mornington Peninsula.
Disadvantaged jobseekers include:

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

Jobseekers receive one to one assistance to create an employment pathway with a focus on developing new skills and renewing confidence.


Contact Us


Address: Dandenong Life Without Barriers Hub, 2nd Floor, 1-7 Langhorne Street, Dandenong, 3175
Contact: Kaye Bishop, Manager
Email: kaye.bishop(at)
Phone: 0490 440 263
Office email: JVENSouthEast(at)
Office phone: (03) 8752 8552


Address: Epping Community Hub, 713 High Street, Epping, 3076
Contact: Angus Blackburn, Manager
Email: ablackburn(at)
Phone: 0428 028 226
Office email: JVENNorth(at)
Office phone: (03) 9422 5637


Address: 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington 3031
Contact: Gabrielle Hughes, Manager
Phone: 0419 950 679
Office email: JVENWest(at)
Office phone:(03) 8080 1076

Employers interested in learning more about the program can contact:

Simon Gray  


Phone 0427 258 521

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

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