Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

Automotive manufacturing in Victoria is changing

Find out how the Victorian Government is helping support automotive supply chain workers and businesses affected by the closure of major car manufacturing in Victoria.

Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government is helping affected automotive supply chain businesses, workers and communities plan their next steps as Victoria's automotive industry changes.

A range of programs and initiatives have been developed as part of the $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan including:

  • the $5 million Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to help businesses identify and capture new opportunities in other markets
  • the $33 million Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) program to support communities affected by the departure of Ford, Holden and Toyota manufacturing operations
  • the $8.4 million South-East Automotive Transition (SEAT) Skills Program to strengthen skills, training and job search support for workers in Melbourne's South-East.

The plan responds to the changes taking place in Victoria's automotive industry, at a time when the Victorian Government is embracing new and growing industries that will help our state remain competitive at home and overseas. The automotive industry itself will continue to grow in a range of sectors including design and engineering, parts and accessories, aftermarket, and retail, service and repair.

Victoria also has a strong manufacturing industry with many opportunities for automotive supply chain companies and workers wanting to move into new areas.

Sectors such as construction, transport and logistics, food and beverage, warehousing, and health and aged care services are growing and have many options for those looking for new jobs or business ideas.

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What support is available for automotive supply chain workers?

The Victorian Government is helping automotive workers find new jobs by providing free support services and subsidised training to improve their chances of finding new work.

Training and jobs advice

Automotive workers have valuable skills and experience that can help them find a new job in other areas of the automotive and manufacturing industry or in another industry.

Skills and Job Centres have been established in TAFEs across Victoria to provide automotive workers with advice on employment opportunities, retraining options or help to search and apply for new jobs.

Find out more by visiting the Department of Education and Training or call the Jobs and Skills Centre on 134 389.

South-East Automotive Transition (SEAT) Skills program

Around half of Victoria's automotive industry workers live in Melbourne's south-east so the Victorian Government has provided an extra $8.4 million as part of the South-East Automotive Transition (SEAT) Skills program to ensure workers in this area can access support services to help them find a new job.

Find out more by visiting the Department of Education and Training or call the Jobs and Skills Centre on 134 389.

Encouraging employers to hire automotive workers

Under the Back to Work Scheme, businesses hiring a retrenched automotive worker can receive a one-off payment of up to $7000, with an additional $4000 if the business provides accredited training to their new employee.

Automotive workers and businesses can find out more about the Back to Work Scheme by visiting the State Revenue Office or call 13 12 61.

There are also further incentives for businesses to employ automotive workers as apprentices or trainees. More information is available at the Apprenticeship Employment Network and Australian Apprenticeships websites.

What support is available for automotive supply chain businesses and affected communities?

Automotive supply chain businesses have critical manufacturing capabilities and skills that are important to maintaining Victoria's strong manufacturing industry.

Programs to assist automotive businesses have also been designed to support economic development in the communities most affected by the closure of the major car manufacturing in Victoria.

Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (ASCTP)

To support automotive businesses to plan for their future, the Victorian Government established the $5 million Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (ASCTP). This program provides assistance of up to $71,000 to help businesses develop and implement a Business Transition Plan, which is designed to identify new opportunities and transition into new markets.

To find out more or apply for this program, visit Business Victoria or call 13 22 15.

ASCTP Fact sheet

Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT)

The Victorian Government established the $33 million Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) program to assist businesses retain or expand their workforce in the areas most affected by the closure of car manufacturing, including Melbourne's north, west, south-east, and Geelong. LIFT aims to encourage investment in these regions to help create new sustainable jobs and economic activity.

To find out more or apply for this program, visit Business Victoria or call 13 22 15.

LIFT Fact sheets

Page last updated: 16 September 2016