“What’s Next” for retrenched workers

Media Release
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
  • Minister for Employment
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
  • Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Workers faced with retrenchment now have access to a set of online resources to help them get back on their feet and into work as quickly as possible.

Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz launched the “What’s Next” website today and said it was important to support retrenched workers making the transition to new employment.

“Each year many Australians face the difficult situation of being retrenched from their job,” Senator Abetz said.

“Losing your job is a very stressful time and many workers will naturally wonder, what’s next for me?

“The “What’s Next” website offers assistance and pulls together a range of information and self-help resources to identify a person’s skills and strengths to get them on a pathway to new employment as quickly as possible.

“This is a one-stop shop that also provides advice and assistance on careers, training opportunities, help with resumes, practical tips on finding a new job and support available for relocating for work.”

“What’s Next” includes a link to Changing Lanes – which is a website developed specifically for automotive workers facing retrenchment. The site provides information about the range of support available to help them to transition to a new sector.

Santo, a worker who was retrenched from his automotive job in Adelaide commented, “There are jobs out there and there's a lot of people that have left that have gone into better careers. And unless you try certain jobs you don't know what you're going to like.”

Santo has subsequently found work in landscaping. “Every time you go for an interview it only gets better because the first one's always hard and the more you do it the more confident you get. The employer can see that in you,” Santo said.

Workers who have lost their job could also be eligible to receive help from Centrelink and jobactive, the Australian Government’s $6.8 billion employment service, designed to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers and improve employment outcomes.

To view the “What’s Next” website and to hear more of Santo’s story, visit whatsnext.employment.gov.au


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Media line: (02) 6240 8667, media@employment.gov.au