Given the Chance Jobs Victoria Employment Program

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

A Given the Chance graduate working as a landscape trainee

Given the Chance Jobs Victoria Employment Program is an employment service for disadvantaged jobseekers living in the Metro Northern and Metro South Eastern areas of Melbourne and is delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This service is offered to a broad group of disadvantaged jobseekers including;

  • people seeking asylum
  • people from a refugee background
  • long term unemployed more than 6 months
  • people who are Aboriginal
  • mature age people (aged 50+)
  • retrenched workers
  • young people 15-24 (disengaged and not engaged in education, training or employment)
  • youth justice clients
  • single parents
  • people with a disability
  • social housing tenants
  • ex-offenders
  • veterans and/or veterans families
  • people experiencing homelessness
  • low income (under employed).

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

Brotherhood of St Laurence - JVEN Dandenong

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
JVEN South east office Email: JVENSouthEast(at)
Office Phone: (03) 8752 8552

Brotherhood of St Laurence - JVEN Whittlesea

Address: Epping Community Hub, 713 High Street, Epping, 3076
Contact: Angus Blackburn, Manager
Email: ablackburn(at)
Phone: 0428 028 226
JVEN North office Email: JVENNorth(at)
Office Phone: 1300 015 107

Brotherhood of St Laurence - JVEN Flemington

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

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

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.