The Victorian Government is helping multicultural Victorians in Dandenong to overcome barriers to work with 27 new dedicated staff to link up jobseekers with employers.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced $520,000 funding for South East Community Links (SECL) to address the increased needs of culturally diverse jobseekers as we recover from the global pandemic.

SECL is one of 11 organisations that will be supported to provide culturally appropriate and individualised support to jobseekers through a network of Community Employment Connectors, who will help jobseekers navigate and connect with employment and training services.

The program has a specific focus people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who face barriers to securing sustainable employment.

By working through organisations with existing links to community, the program will provide local solutions to the needs of jobseekers and support the economic recovery for all Victorians.

Community Employment Connectors will start their work supporting jobseekers from July.

The program will also work in collaboration with the Jobs Victoria Advocates Program to address barriers for jobseekers in local areas.