Support for business

This page outlines the support available to:

Does your business supply automotive products and services to car manufacturers?

Automotive manufacturing in Victoria is changing and your business can access support from the Victorian Government to help you plan your future and assist your workforce.

There are a range of programs and initiatives you can apply for, so discover what opportunities are available for you.

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)

The $5 million Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (ASCTP) 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.

Find out more or apply for this program

Visit: Business Victoria
Phone: 132 215

Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT)

The $43.1 million Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) program assists 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.

The LIFT program aims to encourage investment in these regions to help create new sustainable jobs and economic activity.

Find out more or apply for this program

Visit: Business Victoria
Phone: 132 215

I am a business owner wanting to hire an ex-automotive industry worker

There are a number of incentives for business owners to employ retrenched automotive workers: 

  • Back to Work Scheme
    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 by visiting the State Revenue Office website or calling 132 161.    
  • Employing automotive workers as apprentices or trainees
    More information is available at the Apprenticeship Employment Network website and the Australian Apprenticeship website.

Page last updated: 22 May 2017