Employment Facilitators

Employment Facilitators are an on-the-ground presence that support the delivery of the Local Jobs Program by bringing together key stakeholders including employers, employment service providers, and higher education and training organisations to work collaboratively.

What services do Employment Facilitators provide?

Employment Facilitators provide a range of services including:

  • Delivering key government employment initiatives such as the Local Jobs Program and the Regional Employment Trials program.
  • Chairing the Local Jobs and Skills Taskforces drawing on local expertise, resources and access to funding to focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways.
  • Working with local retrenched workers, job seekers and employers to provide advice and links to resources to support quick transitions to new job opportunities and other existing support.
  • Improving employment opportunities for the local community – including people who wish to enter the workforce, change jobs, upskill and for those who are unemployed.
  • Working with key stakeholders such as employers, jobactive providers, training organisations and education providers.

Employment Facilitator contact details

Employment Facilitators currently operate in 11 locations. This will increase to 25 locations as part of the Local Jobs Program.
Information on each of the Facilitators and their contact details is provided below and will be progressively updated. Departmental contacts are available for regions that do not yet have an Employment Facilitator, these can be found on the Local Jobs Program page. 


Andrew Wales—Illawarra South Coast Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0497 832 330
Email: andrew.wales@fscfacilitator.com.au


This region covers north of Wollongong down to the NSW/Victorian border. Based in Nowra, Andrew Wales supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the Illawarra South Coast Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Andrew also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Far South Coast Regional Development Australia region.

Andrew is an entrepreneur and business professional with 22 years of experience in both private and public sector organisations. Andrew is well connected with a strong network of South Coast employers, government agencies and job providers in his role as the Employment Facilitator in the region since early 2019.

Luke Arber—Gippsland Employment Facilitator

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


This region covers from Mallacoota down to the Bass Coast. Based in Morwell, Luke supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the Gippsland Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Luke manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Gippsland Regional Development Australia region.

Luke possesses considerable experience delivering employment services and engaging with communities across the Gippsland region. Luke has connections across a wide array of businesses, employment services’ providers and training organisations, as well as all levels of government.

Warrick Jordan—Hunter Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0451 633 197
Email: warrick.jordan@hunterfacilitator.com


This region covers from Newcastle, up to Nelson Bay and inland to Murrurundi and Borambil. Based in Lake Macquarie, Warrick Jordan supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the Hunter Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Warrick also assists with structural adjustment occurring in the region including the planned closure of the Liddell Power Station.

Warrick has particular experience in issues involving complex change processes and a wide variety of stakeholders. Warrick is passionate about ensuring workers in the Hunter region always have access to the full range of employment and training opportunities that are available.

Maryanne Baker—South West WA Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0407 958 181
Email: maryanne@southerndarlingrangefacilitator.com.au


This region ranges from north of Bunbury, Margaret River and down to Walpole. Based in Dawesville, Maryanne Baker supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the South West WA Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Maryanne also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Mandurah Regional Development Australia region and assists with the structural adjustment occurring in the Southern Darling Range region covering Rockingham through to Bunbury and inland to Boddington.

Maryanne has been the Employment Facilitator in the Mandurah region since 2017. Maryanne's previous work has predominantly been in the areas of business coaching, HR practices, Health and Safety and Recruitment strategy.

Terry Kennedy—Western Melbourne Employment Facilitator

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


This region covers Western Melbourne, including Melton and Werribee. Terry supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the Western Melbourne Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Terry also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Western and North Western Melbourne Regional Development Australia region.

Terry has been working across the north and west of Melbourne for much of his career and in the Employment Facilitator role since 2018. 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.

Christine Willersdorf—Murray and South East Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0436 647 305
Email: Christine.Willersdorf@employmentfacilitator.com.au


This region covers Renmark and Morgan in the north down to Mount Gambier. Based in Murray Bridge, Christine supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the Murray and South East Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce. 

Christine manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Murraylands and Riverland Regional Development Australia region.

Christine has been the Employment Facilitator in the region since 2018 and has worked in the Training and Employment space working with the marginally disadvantaged across the Murraylands and Riverland regions for the past 10 years.

John Hall—Townsville Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0475 241 428
Email: john@NQFacilitator.com


Based in Townsville, John Hall manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the North Queensland Regional Development Australia region.

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 will be in the Employment Facilitator role until the end of October 2020.

For enquiries on the Local Jobs Program in Townsville, please refer to the interim contact on the Local Jobs Program page

Tamilyn Brennan—Cairns Employment Facilitator

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


This region ranges from Cairns to Cardwell and inland to Mount Garnet. Based in Cairns, Tamilyn Brennan supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is chair of the Cairns Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Tamilyn also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the North Queensland Regional Development Australia region.

Tamilyn has held senior regional management roles for over 20 years in government and currently provides future skilling advice to government as an advisory board member.

James McCormack— North and North Western Tasmania Employment Facilitator 

Ph: 0428 299 262
Email: TasmaniaFacilitator@bigpond.com


This region covers all of North and North Western Tasmania. Based in Devonport, James supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the North and North Western Tasmania Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

James also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the North/West Tasmania Regional Development Australia region and assists with employment issues related to structural adjustment as they occur across Tasmania.

James has been in the Employment Facilitator role since January 2016. 

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.

Bronwyn Pearson— New England and North West Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0412 400 206
Email: bronwyn@newenglandandnorthwestemploymentfacilitator.com


This region ranges from Quirindi to Woodenbong and out to Gwabegar. Based in Armidale, Bronwyn Pearson supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the New England and North West Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Bronwyn also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Northern Inland Regional Development Australia region. 

Bronwyn has over twenty-five years' experience providing strategic and operational human resource advice and solutions to the public and private sectors and has been in the Employment Facilitator role since 2018.

Austin Ryann—Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Employment Facilitator

Ph: 0466 669 934
Email: austin@widebayemployment.com.au


This region ranges from Bundaberg through to Gympie. Based in Strathpine, Austin Ryann supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Austin also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Development Australia region.

Austin has been in the Employment Facilitator role since 2018 and has a genuine passion for empowering positive change within the community through effective & engaging programs that empower people towards long term growth and development.

Lisa Brock— North West Country Employment Facilitator 

Ph: 0449 671 183
Email: lisa@usgemployment.com.au


The region ranges from Port Augusta to Whyalla and includes Port Lincoln. Based in Port Pirie, Lisa Brock supports the government’s delivery of the Local Jobs program and is Chair of the North West Country Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce.

Lisa also manages the government’s Regional Employment Trials program in the Yorke and Mid North Regional Development Australia region and assists with the regional structural adjustment occurring in the Upper Spencer Gulf region.

Lisa has been in the Employment Facilitator role since 2018. Prior to this role, Lisa worked as the Regional Manager for the South Australian Government Department for Industry & Skills in the Yorke & Mid North region for five years. She has ten years experience in State Government working collaboratively across all levels of Government, with training and employment providers, industry and community in developing initiatives to address regional workforce and skill needs.

Other Assistance available

For people in different regions of Australia, there are a number of other services available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.