Being retrenched can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about your future but you are not on your own. The Australian Government provides programs, support and resources designed to help you navigate through the retrenchment process.
The Government’s What’s Next? website is a useful self-help tool providing information about finding a new job, understanding your finances and looking after yourself during this transition.
What’s Next can help you understand your rights and entitlements and the next pathway for you to consider for your new career. You can even access tools such as Skills Match to assist you in identifying jobs based on your current skills and experience from previous employment.
What’s Next also provides information on alternatives to work including getting some training, doing volunteer work, setting up a small business or transitioning to retirement.
The Australian Government is also making it easier for you to get back on your feet by providing job search support as soon as you are retrenched.You and your partner can immediately register with a jobactive provider who can assist you with strategies and tools to re-enter employment as soon as possible. They can help you write a resume, look for work, prepare for interviews and build your skills.
There is a range of other support available many of which is state-based. For information about services available in your area, go to State-based assistance and click on the link to your state.
For more information on retrenchment support see the What's Next website.