Supply chain welcomes automotive transition plan

Melbourne, 8 December – The automotive supply chain’s peak body has welcomed the Andrews
Government’s launch of a $46.5 million plan to support Victoria’s automotive industry.

The Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan includes assistance for business, workers and
communities which will be affected by the closure of Ford, Holden and Toyota’s manufacturing plants.

VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, said he was glad to see automotive supply chain businesses feature in the plan.
“We are pleased to see a multifaceted approach to address this issue,” Gwilym said.

A local industry fund of $33 million was announced, aiming to create jobs in communities impacted by the
end of passenger vehicle manufacturing in Melbourne’s north, south-east and west, and the Geelong region.

The plan also includes $5 million of assistance for the automotive supply chain in Victoria, with tailored
support to help suppliers continue operations. Eligible automotive suppliers will be able to access specialist
business advisers to help implement strategies to improve their business performance and transition into
new markets.

“Many of these businesses have some tough times ahead once the factories close down, but many others are
looking at these closures as an opportunity, and we’re glad to see the Victorian Government supports that,”
Gwilym said.

Gwilym said many automotive supply chain businesses had moved to supply other automotive
manufacturing operations, while others had moved to entirely different sectors, such as medical technology,
food manufacturing and construction.

“With assistance to keep businesses operating where viable, the outcome for the community is far greater
than seeing a business close and jobs lost,” he said.

Gwilym welcomed the announcement of incentive payments of up to $7,000 for businesses employing
retrenched automotive workers, with further incentives of up to $4,000 available for training workers hired
under the scheme.

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, said the program would provide targeted assistance across the state.
“We are supporting Victorian auto workers, businesses and affected communities by creating jobs and
building skills,” he said.

The Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers, the automotive supply chain’s peak body, was
recently incorporated into the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce.

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VACC Executive Director, Geoff Gwilym, says the plan is a great example of industry and government collaboration