Anthony Cohen

Founder of Project Displaced

2022 NSW Local Hero Nominee

After losing his hospitality job in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, Anthony Cohen’s thoughts turned to helping others. He created a central job board with his own funds, connecting people who were stood down in the airline and arts industries to more than 3,000 jobs.

Anthony’s efforts attracted attention, drawing other skilled volunteers to the cause. This included recruiters, business mentors, career coaches and mental health professionals, who offered their time and skills to the recently unemployed.

By October 2020, Anthony had more than 60 volunteers helping thousands of Australians with resume writing, identifying their transferable skills, and job-interview coaching.

Now incorporated as a company and a registered charity, Anthony’s social enterprise, Project Displaced, also offers mindset coaching and crucial mental-health first aid.

Anthony has led Project Displaced with determination to improve others’ lives. With passion, he’s giving people who’ve lost their job the tools to cope now – and thrive in the future.