I was very proud to be a member of the MAX Solutions Advisory Board in 2018 and 2019. This role allowed me to see first-hand the work being done by dedicated frontline MAX staff to support some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
No matter the challenge facing the customer – which could be long-term unemployment to living with a disability or experiencing domestic and family violence – staff were always there to provide the best possible service and support them on their journey.
As a campaigner against domestic violence, I know from personal experience the devastating toll this scourge can take. The ripple effect continues for many years and can affect many areas of someone’s life – from their child’s school attendance, to health issues, or homelessness or employment challenges.
While society’s approach to family violence is shifting, and it is becoming easier for us to acknowledge the problem, there is more work to be done. MAX is playing its part by assisting customers who have experienced family violence through programs such as jobactive, ParentsNext and Disability Employment Services.
By taking the time to get to know someone’s circumstances first, MAX is well-placed to help people turn their circumstances around – and help with training or finding work when people need it the most. MAX’s strong linkages to the communities it operates in provides customers with the best holistic service to give “every person, every chance.”MAX recognises that employment can be the catalyst to changing the course of people’s lives, and positively impact families. I would also like to acknowledge MAX as leader being an employer who has had a Domestic Violence Policy and associated leave since 2015.
As I move to a full-time role with the Victorian Department of Justice, I would like to thank Deborah, Darren and the team at MAX for the opportunity to work with the Board and wish everyone all the best for the future.
I know you will continue to change people’s lives for the better.