Support for business

Through its Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP), the Victorian Government is committed to improving opportunities for local suppliers to create more new jobs and grow the economy.

Local Jobs First – VIPP ensures that small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) are given a full and fair opportunity to compete for government contracts, such as hospitals, schools and road projects, while still achieving value for money, competitiveness and transparency. 

Depending on the size of the project and the expected levels for new and retained full-time equivalent employment, there may be job opportunities created directly as a result of the contract or in the project supply chain with subcontractors or suppliers.

Victorian Government projects 

Employing ex-automotive workers

There are a significant number of Victorian Government projects commencing in 2017. When commencing your project, consider employing ex-auto workers. Many Victorian automotive supply chain workers will be retrenched during 2017 due to the closure of car manufacturing in Victoria, and they will soon be available for new jobs. These workers are highly skilled and can add value to your business. 

These workers have a range of skills developed through working in the automotive supply chain and cover a wide range of occupations, including:

  • machine operators and assembly workers,
  • technicians and trades workers,
  • sales and administrative staff, and
  • professionals, including engineers, accountants and managers.

These workers are highly skilled, and have extensive experience in practices such as lean manufacturing, just-in-time and quality systems. More than half of the workers have over 10 years' length of service with their current employer.

Consider automotive workers to support your Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy obligations, or if you (or your suppliers) are simply looking for experienced workers for your project.

Incentives for employing automotive workers

There are a range of financial incentives in place for employing retrenched automotive workers. For example, 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. There are also incentives for offering an apprenticeship or traineeship position to an automotive worker. For more information visit

Skills and Jobs Centres can connect you with automotive supply chain workers.

Phone: 134 389

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Page last updated: 12 April 2017