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Seeds Of Jobs Growth For Melbourne’s South East

28 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is providing new job opportunities for retrenched auto workers in the south east as part of Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan.

Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny visited Ball Australia to announce a $350,000 Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) grant to support the construction of their new national head office in Skye.

As part of the project, Ball Australia will take on 19 new workers over five years, including up to 12 retrenched automotive workers.

Our $33 million LIFT program provides grants to businesses to generate new investment and create jobs for retrenched workers in Melbourne’s South-East, North, West and Geelong – the communities most affected by the closure of the automotive manufacturing companies.

The Labor Government is doing all it can to support the workers, businesses and communities affected by the closure of car manufacturing in Victoria, including:

  • $39 million for the Jobs Victoria Employment Network to help disadvantaged jobseekers, including retrenched auto workers, find meaningful work and keep it
  • $8.4 million for the South East Automotive Transition skills program to strengthen training and job search support in south east Melbourne
  • $5 million for the Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to provide tailored business support for automotive businesses to diversify into new markets
  • $5 million for the Future Industries Manufacturing Program to help create new jobs and support high growth industries that will transition Victoria towards an advanced manufacturing economy
  • Skills and Jobs Centres to provide a one-stop-shop for Victorian workers, job-seekers and businesses to access as training and career advice, resume workshopping, advice on government entitlements, referral to other job support services and skills assessments.

For more information about LIFT and expressions of interest visit: Link

Established in 2001, Ball Australia is a wholesale plant nursery that produces seeds and small plants for distribution to commercial growers and plant retailers nationally.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

“The Andrews Labor Government is doing all we can to support the businesses, workers and communities affected by the closure of car manufacturing in Victoria.”

“Half of the automotive supply chain is located in Melbourne’s south east, this funding will help bring in new investment and create new jobs for former auto workers in the area.”

Quote attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny

“We are supporting Victorian auto workers and affected communities by investing in companies, like Ball Australia, that will provide new job opportunities for the future.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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