Manager, Employment Services

Having joined the VACRO team in July 2022 as Manager, Employment Services, Jo Beckett leads a dedicated team who support clients exiting the prison system by delivering a range of employment opportunities.

Jo began her career as a General Nurse with AOD training, which ultimately prepared her for a meaningful career within the Forensic AOD sector. Jo's 40+ year history working in community includes experience in managing residential rehabilitation at Maroondah Addictions Recovery Project, supervised injecting at Wesley Mission, needle syringe programs at Melbourne Inner City AIDS Prevention Centre, harm reduction programs at Youth Outreach, and bail support programs at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.  

While attending the Institute for Social Renewal in Delancey Street, California Jo's training focused on clients exiting custody, specifically: job development; economic self-sufficiency; self-governance; drug-free, crime-free community living; social responsibility; and social entrepreneurship. 

Jo's incredible energy and passion come from being part of an individual's journey of courage and growth.