Maribyrnong Jobs – local jobs for local people

Maribyrnong Jobs – Lessons LearnedMaribyrnong Jobs was a two-year project commencing in 2013 and finishing in 2015. It was funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) as part of the Work and Learning Broker: Connections to Employment initiative.


What was the aim of the project?

The aim of Maribyrnong Jobs project was to address high levels of long term disengagement and unemployment in Footscray, a suburb to the west of Melbourne. The project objectives were:

  1. To improve the integration and responsiveness of existing education, training and employment services, so the needs of the people are better met.
  2. To develop strategies and approaches that do not replicate existing services.
  3. To achieve a minimum of 50 employment outcomes for marginalised people over the two-year period.

Who was involved?

The project was a partnership between the MMVLLEN, Women’s Health West (WHW) and the Maribyrnong City Council (MCC).

What was achieved?

The project was successful in achieving the following significant outcomes:

  1. The project successfully engaged 166 job seekers mainly from newly-arrived communities, placing 65 job seekers into employment and a further 35, into accredited training. Services were provided to help participants to overcome a range of complex personal and social issues. These included poor English language skills, low levels of literacy and numeracy, low self-esteem and the impact of abusive relationships. There was a significant increase in the skills and confidence of participants. Innovative strategies were developed and tested to support long-term and marginalised unemployed young people.
  2. The development of the web-based ICT tool – Maribyrnong Jobs – developed by MMVLLEN in partnership with UworkIn. Maribyrnong Jobs is a free service connecting people with local employers across a broad range of industries. For employers, this provides an efficient way to access staff and talent from within the local community and the free advertising of jobs. For job seekers, Maribyrnong Jobs provides an instant alert on the latest jobs available within the local area, as well as information on training, job search support, and other opportunities relating to employment.
  3. Productive relationships were established between stakeholder groups, and improved linkages established between relevant services. A community liaison worker model trialled with the Chin community, proved to be a highly successful approach. Employers benefited from the brokerage of available state and federal funding, and support in negotiating with local job service providers for wage subsidies.

We also identified opportunities to inform the continual improvement of our partnering and project management processes.


How can I find out more?

To find out more about the Maribyrnong Jobs project, read the full report Maribyrnong Jobs – Lessons Learned or contact Jane Kovacs.

To read more about the success of the Maribyrnong Jobs Project, check out these media releases:

To go to the Maribyrnong Jobs website, click here.

To find out how to partner with us on other projects click here.


Jane Kovacs

Project Devleopment Officer

P: 03 9376 7251


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