MEMBERS STATEMENTS: Automotive Transition Taskforce

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (11:59:10) — When we came to government in November 2014, Holden, Ford and Toyota had announced that they would stop manufacturing in Victoria. Some thought the Victorian economy would struggle to recover. Economists predicted that gross state product would drop by 1.9 per cent. A huge proportion of tier 1 and tier 2 automotive supply chain businesses were expected to be wiped out. The tier 3 and tier 4 supply chain businesses were expected to make most of their workforces redundant.

We set about from day one to do everything we could to support the workers, their families and companies that were being impacted. In the face of the challenge the Andrews Labor government established the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce, invested over $100 million in an automotive transition program, rolled up its sleeves and got to work.

The result is less than 20 per cent of supply chain businesses closed their doors, considerably less than was expected. Of the 10 200 workers in the tier 3 and tier 4 businesses, less than 100 have been affected, according to those businesses. They are accessing new markets and retaining and creating jobs, thanks to our support. We have created over 1000 jobs for ex‑auto workers through the Local Industry Fund for Transition program. We have invested $130 million into Victorian manufacturing, creating 6000 jobs, many of which are suitable for ex‑auto workers. Around 3500 workers were made redundant, but the same amount have registered with our skills and jobs centres, and over 70 per cent of them have moved into new work or training. What we are doing with the rest is getting on with the job, and the Victorian economy is going very strong.

Can I thank the member for Williamstown for his great efforts in this regard, as well as the member for Mill Park and the members for Eltham, Broadmeadows, Geelong and Dandenong, and a member for Western Metropolitan Region, Mr Melhem in the other place.