Employment Support

McAuley Works provides specialist women’s employment support

McAuley Works helps women who have experienced family violence or homelessness find financial independence, through meaningful, long-term employment.

The support we provide:

We support women with:

  • Work preparation and readiness including resume preparation
  • Mentoring and career coaching
  • Job seeking skills
  • Job matching and applications
  • Interview skills and techniques
  • Pre-employment training and opportunities and financial assistance to pay for training in order to secure employment
  • Connecting with employers, employment placement and onboarding
  • Employer engagement on behalf of client
  • Post-employment placement support

Our clients also have access to specialist family violence case management support, for any matters and concerns relating to family violence and homelessness. This allows our employment team to focus on employment goals.

Who is eligible for support?

Our clients must be women who have experienced family violence or homelessness. They must also be:

  • Unemployed for more than six months
  • Willing to work a minimum of 15 hours a week
  • Working fewer than 12 hours a week in casual, intermittent or temporary work
  • Studying less than 15 hours per week
  • Victorian residents who are:
    • Australian Citizens
    • permanent residents
    • temporary residents seeking asylum
    • New Zealand citizens who have been in Australia for more than six months,
    • valid visa holders with working rights in Australia.

Live in either:

Western Melbourne in the following council areas: Maribyrnong, Brimbank, Wyndham, Moonee Valley, Melton, Hobsons Bay

The Central Highlands in the following council areas: Ararat, Golden Plains, Moorabool, Ballarat, Hepburn, Pyrenees

For further information about McAuley Works or queries regarding referrals please contact us at: mcauleyworks@mcauley.org.au or on (03) 9362 8900

Download the form here or fill it out online here.

See how Beth was helped to break a cycle of homelessness

McAuley Works is a program of Jobs Victoria.

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Ninety-five women women participated in the program in 2019-2020. Thirty six women commenced work.


Twenty-seven of the women who  obtained jobs were in situations where the family violence was regarded as ‘critical’ – meaning the woman was still dealing with an imminent and immediate threat of violence. Ten of them had below average employability – meaning they were unskilled, had not held a position in the previous year, and were only partly fluent in English.

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