A new industry strategy aims to boost manufacturing in Victoria by creating highly skilled jobs and helping businesses grow.
Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined manufacturers in Dandenong to unveil Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future.
The strategy, backed by $12 million in new funding and initiatives, builds on the state government’s programs to support manufacturing businesses and create new jobs.
The statement sets out four key actions including:
- Creating manufacturing jobs of the future;
- Helping small to medium businesses grow, innovate and capture new market opportunities;
- Strengthening the local supply chain;
- Taking Victorian companies to the world and finding export opportunities;
- New initiatives that will help manufacturers develop new products, improve training and skills, increase competitiveness and support export growth.
The government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, led by Ross Pilling, developed the strategy which features input from businesses, industry associations, unions and research organisations.
“Manufacturing is one of Victoria’s great strengths,” Pilling said. “We have worked closely with industry to develop this strategy and ensure the sector is primed for future growth.”
The $18 million Future Industries Manufacturing Program has already supported more than 30 projects to create around 250 new jobs.
Manufacturing employs more than 283,000 Victorians. In 2016, manufacturing experienced the fastest employment growth of any industry in Victoria with around 40,000 new jobs created.
“Victoria is the home of manufacturing,” Noonan said. “This strategy is all about creating jobs of the future, growing businesses and taking Victorian innovation to the world.
“We look forward to rolling out the initiatives in this statement to drive a new era for the industry.”