Government reaffirms support for displaced Toyota employees – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Business,

The federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting workers affected by the cessation of Toyota’s automotive manufacturing operations in Melbourne.

Acting Industry Minister Michaelia Cash said preparations for the plant’s closure had been 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,” she said.

Senator 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,” she 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.”

She said 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.”

Senator 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.”

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