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Job Readiness Program

Employment support for refugees

For refugees and asylum seekers, finding a job is one of the most challenging obstacles to good settlement.

The Job Readiness Program provides information sessions and practical support to assist refugees to prepare for, find, and retain employment under equitable working conditions.

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Assisting refugees and asylum seekers to join the Australian workforce

Language difficulties, lack of recognition of prior qualifications and experiences, and low understanding of Australian workplace regulations and culture can put employment beyond the reach of many who are hoping to build a new life in Australia.

The Job Readiness Program provides:

  • support to access training and development opportunities
  • group information sessions on Australian Workplace Culture, Workplace Safety, Behaviour at Work, and other relevant topics
  • assistance to prepare a resume and standard cover letter
  • advice and support to search for employment opportunities, prepare an application, prepare for interview processes, and complete pre-employment documentation

Access our networks to find employment and training opportunities

A key focus of the Job Readiness Program is the building of relationships with Job Active organisations, employment agencies, training organisations, and potential employers to source jobs and training opportunities for refugees.

How do I access this service?

Refugees and asylum seekers living in Dandenong, Epping, Footscray and Geelong can access this service by contacting one of our offices below.

Community service organisations can also make referrals into the Job Readiness Program by contacting us.


There is no charge to access this service.

The Job Readiness Program is funded by the Noel and Carmel O'Brien Family Foundation.

More information

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Contact us

The Job Readiness Program is offered at the following locations.
To make a booking or enquire about this service, please select your nearest office.



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