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JobWatch meets Victorian Parliament

JobWatch held a special all-party event at Victorian Parliament on Wednesday 15 November 2023, delivering a briefing on ‘Supporting your constituents with their employment rights’ to over 30 MPs and parliamentary staff.

November 16, 2023

Hosted by Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Nina Taylor MP, with special addresses by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Maree Edwards MP and Shadow Attorney-General Michael O’Brien MP, the event reminded MPs of the free legal services provided by JobWatch with guidance on how to best support their constituents with their employment law issues.

JobWatch Executive Director Zana Bytheway delivered a powerful overview of the importance of government support for JobWatch as a specialist employment law service. She highlighted the many years of positive impact delivered for Victorian communities, government and the economy.

Amanda Chan, JobWatch’s Communications Manager, followed with statistical data from callers to the JobWatch Telephone Information Service, including trends in employment law issues – specifically the stark increase in calls relating to dismissals and redundancies, reflecting the current economic challenges.

Following this briefing, JobWatch met directly with Minister for Employment Vicki Ward to provide an update on JobWatch and the employment needs of Victorians. We have further meetings lined up with other MPs and Ministers to discuss employment law trends and our services.

We thank all MPs and their staffers for their ongoing promotion of JobWatch and the free legal services that we provide to 3.63 million employed Victorians. We look forward to working closely with the state government to ensure that JobWatch continues to thrive and deliver much-needed services to the most vulnerable workers in Victoria.

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