Welcome to JobWatch

JobWatch is...   

An employment rights legal centre which provides assistance to Victorian workers about their rights at work.  

Some of our functions include:  


  • A free and confidential telephone information and referral service for Victorian workers.



  • Community legal education, including training, seminars and the production of a variety of publications on employment law and workers' rights.



  • Representation and assistance for disadvantaged workers through a legal casework practice



  • Campaign and law reform activity with a view to promoting workplace justice and equity for all Victorian workers. 


JobWatch is an independent, not-for-profit Employment Rights Community Legal Centre funded by the State and Federal Governments and Victoria Legal Aid. JobWatch acknowledges and is grateful for their financial support. We are also grateful for the financial assistance of the Collier Charitable Fund.



A JobWatch client won her unfair dismissal claim and was awarded $27,500 (6 months wages as compensation) by the Fair Work Commission. JobWatch’s client, a recent immigrant from the Middle East, was a victim of domestic violence. The police obtained an Intervention Order against her domestic partner who happened to work in the same workplace as JobWatch’s client. The Intervention Order was amended to allow the parties to continue to work together however the employer dismissed JobWatch’s client on the basis that it would not be “nice” for her to continue to work there. The Fair Work Commission found that there was no valid reason for the dismissal and that the dismissal was particularly harsh in the circumstances.

This case highlights the dangers of employer’s going for the ‘quick fix’ rather than dealing with the complexity of domestic violence and protecting the victim. Click here to read the case

Small Claims Kit

Making a Small Claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 - Download here

JobWatch is pleased to announce our new self-representation kit, 'Making a Small Claim Under the Fair Work Act 2009' is now available for download.

The new kit was written to assist employees to recover minimum entitlements in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. This kit was made possible by a grant from the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.



The 2015 results of the annual JobWatch Caller Satisfaction Survey have been released. Below is a sample of the comments made by JobWatch callers.

“It is very helpful when you don’t know the ins and outs. The gentleman I spoke to was very nice and obliging. The call helped resolve the situation. When I told my employer that I had spoken to JobWatch I had a call back from the accountant within the hour.”

“Every person that I spoke to was animated and had a real interest. It was like chatting to an old mate.”

“Speaking to JobWatch gave me the confidence to have a meeting with my employer. I was apprehensive but after speaking to my advisor I was able to do that. It helped me understand my rights and decide what to do next.”


“It was really great. I called a few places and JobWatch is the only one that actually helped.” 

“One on one help was great and just the level of professionalism.”


Please click on the link below to view Victoria Legal Aid's new video - 'The unexpected side-effect of pregnancy: discrimination'




Zana Bytheway
Executive Director
JobWatch Inc

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