Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an unprecedented situation around the world, including here in Victoria. The situation is changing quickly, and the Victorian Government recognises that this is a challenging time for Victoria’s veteran community.
We encourage you to engage with your ex-service organisation(s) should you be facing challenges.
Supported by the Victorian Government, RSL Victoria in collaboration with other ex-service organisations has launched a dedicated Veteran Services Call Centre. The call centre serves as a central point of contact for veterans and their families to assist them in accessing support from government and other organisations. If you require assistance, you can contact the call centre on 03 9655 5555.
Victorian Veterans can get the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice, as well as a range of resources, on the Coronavirus: Important information for Victorians website here.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any questions, call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – on 1800 675 398.
For any veterans who need to access mental health support or information, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs advice page here.
Veteran Mentor Program
Veterans seeking employment opportunities in the Victorian public sector can register for the Veteran Mentor Program. Through the program, veterans working in the public sector provide mentoring support and advice to veterans seeking employment opportunities.
Click here for more information and to register for the program.
Guide for veterans applying for roles in the Victorian public sector
The Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Veterans Branch has developed a guide for veterans applying for roles in the Victorian public sector. The guide includes useful advice for each stage of the application process. Click here to view the guide.
Working for Victoria
The Victorian Government has launched the Working for Victoria initiative in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the bushfires to help jobseekers find work and access online training.
More than 80 jobs in bushfire recovery in Gippsland and the north-east will be advertised over the next three weeks through the program. Information about the initiative and how to register can be found here.
Veteran employment workshops and information sessions
In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Victorian Government has postponed the veteran employment workshops and information sessions until further notice. We will update you via email of any upcoming sessions.
The Defence Community Organisation has also postponed the Australian Defence Force Transition Seminars scheduled to occur prior to 30 September 2020, pending an alternative delivery mode. More information on the seminars can be found here