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Government supporting Toyota workers into work

3 October 2017

The Turnbull Government reaffirms its commitment to supporting workers affected by the cessation of Toyota’s automotive manufacturing operations in Melbourne today.

Preparations for the plant’s closure have been extensive and underway for some time. The Government has worked closely with Toyota, the supply chain, the Victorian State Government and the workers themselves to help prepare for this transition.

Minister for Employment and Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the Government has been providing comprehensive and ongoing support to affected workers, businesses and communities during this transition period.

“The Government is acutely aware of the concern that the closure of Toyota’s manufacturing operations will bring to affected workers and the local community,” Minister Cash said.

“This is why the Government has been proactively implementing policies and making significant investments over several years to ensure auto workers are reskilled, supply chain firms diversify and regions can adjust into new areas of the economy.”

The 2017-18 Budget included significant new investment in manufacturing industries and cutting-edge research infrastructure, positioning both sectors for the future.

Australia’s opportunities in advanced manufacturing are significant and the Government’s continued investment into the automotive sector is enabling businesses to turbocharge their diversification plans.

Minister Cash said the Government’s first concern was for workers and their families and helping them move into other careers.

“The Government is providing comprehensive support to affected workers through this transition so they can get back into the workforce as soon as possible and continue to make valuable contributions to Australian workplaces,” Minister Cash said.

“Support is in place for Toyota workers and employees from affected supply chain companies, through initiatives like the Growth Fund, access to intensive employment assistance through jobactive, and access to State Government programs.”

“The Government has worked with employers, employment service providers, local communities and all levels of government to help promote local employment opportunities for retrenched automotive workers.”

“While there have been over 320,000 jobs created in the past 12 months, the Australian economy continues to transition, resulting in the emergence of new industries and changes within some traditional sectors.”

“Fortunately, we have had time to prepare for this transition and we have made the appropriate investments and pursued an economic agenda that is delivering strong growth and job creation.”

Please refer to the additional information below on Government assistance being provided to Australian automotive workers.

The Government’s “Changing Lanes” website has information to help retrenched automotive workers find new employment opportunities: www.whatsnext.employment.gov.au/changing-lanes

To learn more about jobactive or to find a local jobactive provider visit: http://www.jobactive.gov.au/

For more information on government support services, workers in Victoria can call the Skills and Jobs Centre on 13 43 89.

Media contact: Minister Cash's office 02 6277 7320



Skills and Training Initiative for Holden and Toyota workers

  • Specific support for automotive workers includes the $30 million Skills and Training Initiative, funded by Holden and Toyota and overseen by the Department of Education and Training.
  • The initiative has offered tailored support, including financial education; health and wellbeing services; information on jobs in demand; career, transition and training advice; skills assessments and skills recognition training and general skilling (digital literacy); business start-up advice and job search support.
  • To date, 3,983 workers out of an estimated 5,000 workers have received career advice, and 2,291 have commenced training for jobs in demand. These are in growth sectors such as transport and logistics, construction and professional services such as IT.
  • The Skills and Training Initiative complements state government programs for eligible supply chain workers.
  • Of the Holden workers who have left the business so far, around 75 per cent have successfully moved into new employment or have decided to retire.
  • Holden’s Transition Centres and Toyota’s DRIVE program centres will remain open after the closures in October to deliver employment services to workers.

jobactive Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Programme (AISAP)

  • The $66.89 million AISAP provides automotive workers with immediate access to intensive employment services through jobactive. The jobactive providers have access to extra funds for spending on licenses, tickets, training and other costs to help automotive workers gain and keep employment.
  • AISAP has helped 809 workers since July 2014, with 761 job placements achieved into sectors such as manufacturing, transport and logistics, construction and professional services.

Automotive Diversification Programme

  • A $20 million investment to assist automotive supply chain firms capable of diversifying to enter new markets.

Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme

  • A $90 million investment to accelerate private sector investment in high value non-automotive manufacturing sectors in Victoria and South Australia.

Advanced Manufacturing Fund

  • Delivering over $100 million to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing, helping automotive related businesses diversify.