Jobs Victoria (External link) supports people looking for work and connects employers with the staff they need. The service provides information, advice, and support in person, online, and on the phone.

Jobs Victoria has already supported almost 1,400 ex-offenders into work since October 2016, with over 610 staying in work for at least 6 months or more.

New Jobs Victoria services across the state will support long-term jobseekers and those at risk of long-term unemployment, including ex-offenders and Justice clients. In addition, funding has been allocated for services specifically targeting support to ex-offenders. This will support more than 1,000 additional ex-offenders into work over the next two years.

Education, training and employment is critical to successful rehabilitation and reintegration. The benefits extend well beyond getting a job and a regular income. It helps offenders change how they think about themselves and discover ways they can be productive members of the community.

All prisoners are encouraged to participate in work or vocational education and training programs while in prison, to improve their employability. Work opportunities to gain critical vocational and soft skills include food processing, warehousing, metal or timber work and agriculture. Types of training courses include business, hospitality, construction, and engineering. Digital literacy and foundation skills programs are delivered to boost literacy and numeracy skills and equip prisoners for life in the community. Vocational counselling is also offered and helps link prisoners to education or training options that can be continued after their release.

Other forms of support provided by Corrections Victoria include services provided by Employment Pathway Brokers who support offenders to link with education and employment opportunities. For prisoners, the VET Centre of Excellence (Civil Construction Skills Program) delivers education and training services to the state’s public prisons. Prisoners receive links and referrals to employment opportunities in many of the major rail and construction projects for Victoria.

As outlined in the Report on Government Services for 2019-20, Victoria’s recidivism rate is below the national average of 45.6 per cent, and at a five-year low of 44.2%.

You can learn more about the role that work, training and education plays in the Correctional System.

People looking for work or employers who need staff can also find out more about the services provided by Jobs Victoria (External link).