Employment Facilitators

Employment Facilitators are an on-the-ground presence that work with retrenched workers in specific regions to connect them with training, job opportunities and to link them with other existing support.

What services do Employment Facilitators provide?

Employment Facilitators provide a range of services including:

  • Working with retrenched workers to connect them with training, job opportunities and other existing support.
  • Working with jobactive providers, training organisations and education providers to improve support for retrenched workers.
  • Establishing communications with employers in their region to improve opportunities for retrenched workers.
  • Improving employment opportunities for the local community – including people who wish to enter the workforce, change jobs, upskill and for those who are unemployed.

Who can access services?

While Employment Facilitators will target their services to retrenched workers, all job seekers and employers can access their services.

Employment Facilitator contact details

Employment Facilitators currently operate in seven locations. Information on each of the Facilitators and their contact details is provided below.

Mandurah Employment Facilitator

Mrs Maryanne Baker
Ph: 0407 958 181
Email: maryanne.baker@mandurahemploymentfacilitator.com.au

Maryanne Baker – Mandurah Employment Facilitator

Maryanne has lived and worked in the Mandurah region for four years working with local and interstate businesses, business owners and individuals to facilitate best practices and establish growth. Maryanne's work has predominantly been in the areas of business coaching, HR practices, Health and Safety and Recruitment strategy. She has brought with her to the region a depth of knowledge in Community Development and Liaison from her time in the Mining Sector in the North West region of Western Australia. As a local residing in Dawesville, Mrs Baker is an active community member supporting local endeavours and groups whilst currently sitting as Chair of Mandurah Catholic College.

Geelong Employment Facilitator

Mr Simon French
Ph: 0401 100 096
Email: French.simon9@gmail.com

Simon French – Geelong Employment Facilitator

Simon is based in Geelong and has experience in both the employment and legal sectors having previously run a division of St Laurence Community Services Inc and been a partner in a commercial law firm. Simon is committed to working toward creating better employment opportunities for people in the region. He is happy to work with organisations that have a desire to find new ways to support people who find it hard to find rewarding sustainable employment.

North-West Tasmania Employment Facilitator

Mr James McCormack
Ph: 0428 299 262
Email: mccormackconsulting@bigpond.com

James McCormack – North/North West Tasmania Employment Facilitator

James has been an Employment Facilitator in northern and north-west Tasmania since January 2016. He has extensive experience working for the Department of Jobs and Small Business in labour market programmes around Tasmania over the last seven years. James previously held senior management roles with a range of Australian government agencies across Australia, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination.

James maintains a keen interest in regional economic development issues in Tasmania. He is currently the Chairperson of the not-for-profit group Switch Tasmania, which provides advice and assistance to people with new businesses or business ideas in the Cradle Coast region.

North Queensland Employment Facilitator


Mr John Hall
Ph: 0475 241 428
Email: john@NQFacilitator.com

John Hall — North Queensland Employment Facilitator

John has worked extensively in employment and training roles in North Queensland for the past thirty years.   As a senior regional leader in the Queensland Department of Education and Training, John has led projects, funding programs and collaborative initiatives for employment development and vocational education and training.  His experience has enabled him to develop effective networks of service providers, businesses, government and community organisations.  John looks forward to enhancing employment opportunities across the region by supporting and developing effective partnerships based on stakeholder opportunities; understanding and responding to employer-specific workforce needs; and identifying and removing barriers to employment outcomes.


Ms Tamilyn Brennan
Ph: 0409 763 507
Email: tamilyn@fnqemployment.com.au

Tamilyn Brennan - Cairns North Queensland Employment Facilitator

Tamilyn Brennan is a workforce development consultant based in Far North Queensland with a background in strategic planning, policy, program development and implementation in Federal and State employment and training sectors. For over 20 years, she held senior regional management roles in government and currently provides future skilling advice to government as an advisory board member. Mrs Brennan drives community development with 12 years' experience governing not for profit organisations and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tamilyn guides change in industries, organisations and individuals at regional level to strengthen local enterprise and regional economies.

Adelaide Employment Facilitator

Ms Leanne Hill
Ph: 0439 337 023
Email: leanne@leewayconsulting.com.au

Leanne Hill – Adelaide Employment Facilitator

Leanne Hill has been employed in both the public and private sectors and has her own consultancy business. Most recently Leanne was an employee of the Department of Employment where she worked extensively in stakeholder and employer engagement roles. With extensive experience in dealing with companies undergoing closure or transition, Leanne works across all levels of government and with potential employers to ensure workers are aware of future opportunities.

Leanne has a degree in psychology, a graduate certificate in public sector management and a Master of Social Work. Leanne is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Policy.

Gippsland Employment Facilitator

Mr Luke Arber
Ph: 0439 713 482
Email: luke.arber@gippslandfacilitator.org.au

Luke Arber - Gippsland Employment Facilitator

Luke possesses considerable experience delivering employment services and engaging with communities across the Gippsland region. During the previous 15 years Luke delivered Job Network, Job Services Australia (JSA), Disability Employment Services (DES) and jobactive at both local and regional levels. As such, Luke has connections across a wide array of businesses, employment services’ providers and training organisations, as well as all levels of government.

Luke looks forward to collaborating with Gippsland employment service providers, registered training organisations (RTOs) and employers – as well as community and other support agencies – in order to better understand, coordinate and support the delivery of services to relevant families and redundant workers living within the region.

Luke is currently based in Morwell.

Melbourne West and North West Employment Facilitator

Mr Terry Kennedy
Ph: 0408 332 868
Email: terry.kennedy@melbournefacilitator.com.au

Terry has been working across the north and west of Melbourne for much of his career, starting as a teacher in secondary schools from Sunshine to Epping then focusing on employment and education initiatives in the region as the EO of Brimbank/Melton Local Learning and Employment Network, Commonwealth Local Employment Coordinator and recently as the National Facilitator working with car manufacturers, all levels of government, education and community organisations and local employers to plan the transition of automotive manufacturing employees. He has extensive networks across the region and focuses on where there are points of potential collaboration and partnership between stakeholders to create approaches that improve employment outcomes.

Other Assistance available

For people in different regions of Australia, there are a number of other services available on our help for workers who have recently lost their job page.