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Growing jobs in regional Victoria by transforming manufacturing


The Morrison Government is launching a new era of Australian manufacturing, as part of our JobMaker Plan to rebuild the economy, create jobs in regional Victoria and recover from the COVID-19 recession.

The $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy will make Australian manufacturers more competitive, resilient and able to scale-up to take on the world, while ensuring our nation is more secure.

“Our Modern Manufacturing Strategy is exciting news for the local manufacturing businesses and the workers they employ. Importantly, it will create new jobs in regional Victoria both now and into the future,” Senator Henderson said.

Manufacturing is crucial driver of the regional Victorian economy and consists of:

– 467 manufacturing businesses in the Ballarat electorate which employ 5,215 local workers or 7.9% of the total industry workforce.
– 418 manufacturing businesses in the Bendigo electorate which employ 5,810 local workers or 9.2% of the total industry workforce.
– 389 manufacturing businesses in the Corangamite electorate which employ 5,178 local workers or 7.5% of total industry workforce.
– 475 manufacturing businesses in the Corio electorate which employ 5,314 local workers or 8.6% of the total industry workforce.
– 279 manufacturing businesses in the Gorton electorate which employ 8,184 local workers or 10.3% of the total industry workforce.

Senator Henderson said the Government is charting a course to ensure manufacturers right across the country can seize the opportunities to grow into new and emerging local and global markets.

“Manufacturers are central to our economic recovery and they have capabilities that underpin so many other industries and support businesses in regional Victoria right along the supply chain.

“As a Government, we’re determined to play to our strengths and ensure we are strategically investing in areas where we have an edge, such as the Greater Geelong region, Ballarat and Bendigo.”

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said this strategy draws on what we have learned during the COVID-19 crisis, but has also been developed following extensive work with industry before the pandemic.

“Our manufacturers have risen to the challenge to deliver during COVID-19 and now, we’re unlocking their potential to deliver for our future,” Minister Andrews said.

“By playing to our strengths, strategically investing and boosting the role of science and technology in industry, we can open up new markets and take more of our quality products to the world.

“This Strategy sends a clear signal that not only is Australia open for business, but we mean business.”

The centrepiece of the Strategy is the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI), which will see the Government strategically invest in projects that help manufacturers to scale up and create jobs.

The MMI will support projects within six National Manufacturing Priorities;

• Resources technology and critical minerals processing
• Food and beverage
• Medical products
• Recycling and clean energy
• Defence
• Space

Industry will be engaged to help develop tailored road maps for each of the priority sectors.

The Strategy will also address the competitiveness of individual manufacturers in our priority sectors, with a $52.8 million expansion of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund.

“At the last election we announced the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund, which has delivered support for 200 projects across the nation. I’m very pleased we are now expanding it to help more local businesses boost their production,” Senator Henderson said.

“There’s been a real groundswell of support for Australian-made recently because we all know buying Australian made supports local jobs. Our plan to scale up will mean more Australian made products on the shelves and more jobs in our local community.”

The COVID-19 crisis has also highlighted supply chain issues and opportunities. A $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative will support projects that address an identified supply chain vulnerability.

Innovation and Science Australia will be repurposed as Industry Innovation and Science Australia, to provide strong industry advice to Government throughout the implementation of the Strategy.
This strategy builds on the work across Government to improve economic conditions for business, including streamlining regulation, cutting red tape and cutting input costs. A key part of that will be cutting energy costs as outlined in the Gas-fired recovery statement on 15 September 2020.

1 October 2020

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