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The Reconnect program strives to support Victorians experiencing disadvantage. The program assists participants to overcome the barriers preventing them from engaging in education and training and provides support into further study or employment pathways.

Further Information

Who is eligible?

  • Young people aged between 17- 19 years not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
  • Mature participants aged between 20-64 years; Unemployed for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week) and not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
  • Young people (17 to 24 years of age) who have been, or are currently on, Youth Justice Orders.
  • Out of Home Care: Aged 17-64: A person that has a current or previous experience with Child Protection.
  • Asylum Seekers aged 17 – 64:
    • individuals or dependants of individuals who meet the following criteria:
      • hold any humanitarian, protection of refugee visa in Australia; or
      • have applied for a humanitarian, protection or refugee visa and hold a bridging visa for this purpose; or
      • have made an application under s. 417 or s.48b of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) which is yet to be determined and hold a bridging visa.
    • (Individuals must have a visa with study rights, and work rights are required for programs that include work placement).

Participants are allocated a Reconnect coach who will assist them to complete an educational course to improve their employment opportunities.

Reconnect is offered by Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services across the local government areas of Melton, Brimbank, and Moorabool.

If you would like more information about the Skills First Reconnect program or to make a referral, you can contact us by telephone on 8746 1000 or via email at [email protected]. You can also fill out our referral form below.

Skills First Reconnect Referral Form

Skills First Reconnect is supported by the Victorian Government.