Release type: Joint Media Release


Almost $200,000 to help disadvantaged job seekers in Bendigo


The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Child Care
Minister for Employment Participation

Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, was joined by Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons, today to announce new funding for a strong Victorian employment services organisation to run an innovative new pilot program.

Central Victorian Group Training Company (CVGT) in Bendigo will receive almost $200,000 to support some of the state’s most disadvantaged job seekers into work.

CVGT has been chosen because of their strong track record in helping Bendigo residents who may have been out of work for many years to enter the workforce. 

“The Australian Government has committed new funding of $4.7 million to high performing employment services across the country to run these pilot programs,” Ms Ellis said.

“By funding employment services that are already achieving good results to trial new and innovative approaches to getting people into work – other services from around the country will be able to learn from their experiences.”

CVGT Bendigo has been funded to deliver a new program called ‘Connect 4’ that will explore what happens when job seekers are supported to ‘connect’ in various ways.

Ms Ellis said that this particular pilot takes the idea of connection further than just connecting a person with a job and envisages a person who is connected with their family and community as well.

“Like CVGT, the Australian Government knows that having a decent job is about so much more than collecting a weekly pay cheque.”

“By connecting unemployed Australians with a support network of community and service providers we can ensure a sustainable relationship with the world of work rather than just a job that only lasts for the short term.”

Central Victorian Group Training Company has been delivering employment services for more than 25 years to the local community in Bendigo.

Ms Ellis said that employment services like CVGT know what works at a grassroots level and how best to tailor their assistance to the people who live here in Bendigo who may be facing obstacles to getting a job.

“I am looking forward to seeing the results that CVGT generate through this pilot, so that the whole country can benefit from their expertise and experience,” Ms Ellis said.

The Job Services Australia Pilot (JSA) program is designed to enhance employment service provision to job seekers with multiple disadvantages, including those with a lack of recent work experience, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency and homelessness.

A total of 20 pilots will be run by high performing JSA providers in identified areas of disadvantage across the country and will assist around 2000 disadvantaged jobseekers.

These pilots, in conjunction with a range of other measures in the Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, will strengthen employment services across Australia and maximise the employment outcomes for disadvantaged communities.

For further information on the Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilots program: