2018 Fellows


We are proud to announce our 2018 Fellows:


In partnership with DEDJTR, ten Jobs Victoria International Fellowships were offered in 2018. The ‘Jobs Victoria International Fellowships’ provide an opportunity for practitioners working within contracted Jobs Victoria partner organisations to investigate and explore models and best practice approaches overseas that deliver mainstream employment outcomes for jobseekers facing barriers to employment.  The impact of international Fellowship research in this area will support the development of innovative models of delivering employment support within Victoria.

All Fellowships aligned with one of the following priority areas:

  1. Enabling jobseekers facing barriers to employment to secure and sustain employment, thus reducing the risk of their future long-term labour force exclusion
  2. Identifying strategies and practices that demonstrate new and innovative approaches to engaging employers in the delivery of employment support to jobseekers facing barriers to employment
  3. Identifying place-based or innovative strategies to support jobseekers impacted by changing employment and industry landscapes (e.g. loss of major employers, increased patterns of young people migrating from regional to metropolitan Victoria, other) to enter mainstream employment
  4. Identifying best practice government intervention to delivering employment support to jobseekers facing barriers to employment


The 2018 Fellowship recipients are listed below, each with a brief overview of their area of research and their contact details. 

Ausra Wells (The Bridge Inc.), awells@thebridgeinc.org.au    The aim of this Fellowship is to explore innovate strategies to increase pathways from school, education or similar programs into Employment for young people currently under represented due to disadvantage or disability.

Georgia King (Whitelion), georgia.king@whitelion.asn.au This Fellowship is targeted toward two goals: gathering information around increasing opportunities for job seekers to gain and sustain long term employment, and identifying innovative strategies and practices to engaging employers. The Fellow will explore employment programs that are unique in terms of service delivery.

Gina Chinnery (Orygen), gina.chinnery@orygen.org.au  This Fellowship will provide an opportunity to meet with leading researchers and other organisations in the United States and Canada that use the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of employment support with a particular emphasis on IPS and youth peer workers. The Fellow will also explore models of moderated online intervention within vocational programs that provide additional career support to young people with mental health issues.

Jaimee-lee Volkov (Orygen),  jaimee.volkov@orygen.org.au The purpose of the Fellowship is to investigate public employment services’ (PES) implementation of inspiring practices within Nordic Europe supporting jobseekers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Of particular focus will be an examination of the processes utilised to connect jobseekers with employers in an effort to match the supply and demand of the labour market through information, placement and active support. ASD is a developmental disorder affecting 1 in 100 Australians, impairing the ability to communicate, interact socially and causes repetitive behaviours and restricted interests.

Lorraine Thomson (McAuley Community Services for Women), lthomson@mcauleycsw.org.au This Fellowship aims to explore best practice and innovation in the UK in delivering ‘productive outcome based’ services to support women affected by family violence, mental health, homelessness and other significant barriers to securing long term employment/careers that empower women.

Mark Little (CVGT Australia Limited), mlittle@cvgt.com.au The aim of this Fellowship is to investigate best practice preventative programs for offenders, particularly young offenders, to reduce the risk-factors of ongoing criminal behaviours, through employment and employment preparation diversionary type interventions.

Rick Sproal (Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative), rick@worngundidj.org.au –  This Fellowship aims to explore social entrepreneurship within a developing nation to learn strategies employed to empower local under-skilled people groups. As people from developing nations may have experiences of dispossession, discrimination and disadvantage resulting from colonialism, direct parallels may be drawn with the experience of Indigenous Australians, resulting in learning applicable to the Australian context.

Sara Amaral (The Bridge Inc.), samaral@thebridgeinc.org.au  –  The goal of this International Fellowship is to investigate pioneering and innovative youth employment models that can be adapted or adopted in Victoria to boost young people’s employability. The International Fellowship will take place in a developed country, the United States of America, and in a developing country, Brazil.

Simon Crabb (Social Ventures Australia), scrabb@socialventures.com.au This Fellowship will explore the critical factors essential to scaling-up employer-led, demand-driven approaches to the employment of jobseekers experiencing significant barriers. In Australia, a small number of programs exist which seek to actively engage employers in guiding their service delivery. Unfortunately, these programs are not being delivered at a scale that would make them financially viable for widespread adoption and across cohorts, nor are employers seeking to embed these programs into their ‘business as usual’ approach.

Victoria Mead (McAuley Community Services for Women), vmead@mcauleycsw.org.au This Fellowship will focus on the intersection of Family Violence and unemployment and the best practice interventions being carried out in the United States to decrease family violence as a barrier for jobseekers. Government programs in the United States will be the focus of this research with the aim of identifying strategies that assist women who are job seekers and have been affected by family violence and the cycle of poverty to rehabilitate, build confidence, gain life skills, work experience and find employment.


ISS Institute is grateful to the George Alexander Foundation for supporting the following young Australians to pursue a Fellowship that will advance skills and knowledge in Australia.

The 2018 Fellowship recipients are listed below, each with a brief overview of their area of research. 

Amy Walsh – “My Fellowship will allow me to travel to England and engage in specialist ceramics conservation training at West Dean College, the likes of which is not currently available in Australia. I will gain experience in up-to-date ceramics conservation techniques, practice on real historic objects and receive mentorship from expert practitioners. I also will complement my study at West Dean College with a series of practical internships in the UK, which will allow me to learn from institutional and private ceramics conservators alike. The aim of my fellowship is to bring innovative ceramics conservation skills and knowledge back to Australia, in order to provide best-practice care for our unique ceramic collections.” 

Aga Jones – “Are you aware, that whilst the flowers you purchase, or see at a friend’s wedding may be breathtakingly beautiful, they have likely been sprayed with a myriad of chemicals, travelled thousands of miles, are wedged into non-degradable floral foam and will end up in landfill?

My aim to make the industry more environmentally friendly:
1) to educate florists in best practices to eradicate floral foam from their designs,
2) to support local growers by designing a framework for buying locally and seasonally,
3) to help establish a system to enable florists to easily be able to compost their green waste after events.

Whilst overseas, I hope to learn from industry leaders in floral installation work that is floral foam free, learn from florists who support the local sustainable flower industry and run successful businesses as well as spend time with a composting association to develop strategies for large scale composting solutions.”


ISS Institute is grateful to the Italian Australian Foundation for supporting Australians of Italian descent to acquire higher-level skills and drive leading practice and innovation in Australia.

The 2018 Fellowship recipients are listed below, each with a brief overview of their area of research. 

Luca Lettieri – “My Italian Australian Fellowship will give me the opportunity to travel back to southern Italy, the birthplace of my father to investigate the tradition of peasant Italian folk art and craft relating to furniture, the aim of this Fellowship is to acquire skills with the intention of cultural preservation and continuing the tradition of regional skills. I will also be travelling to Cremona to gain an insight into the historic violin tradition and investigate the ways the craft is passed down through generations.”

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