Posted on 05. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

The Premier, John Brumby, today vowed to keep the jobs coming, pledging to create 300,000 new Victorian jobs over the next five years.

Launching a new $20 million commitment to securing jobs in the manufacturing industry, Mr Brumby said Labor was determined to deliver disciplined budgets and the right economic policies to keep the jobs coming to Victoria.

“Labor will keep the jobs coming to Victoria,” Mr Brumby said.

“Victoria is the nation’s job engine room, creating more than 100,000 jobs in the last financial year. More than 60 per cent of all jobs created in Australia last year were here in Victoria.

“This did not happen by accident. It happened because Labor delivered the right economic policies to see the State through the global financial crisis and keep the jobs coming.

“We are keeping the Budget strong. Our AAA credit rating is secure and there are Budget surpluses locked in for the next four years.

“Together, Victorians and our Government rose to the challenge of the global recession, as we rolled out the biggest building program in the State’s history – $11.5 billion in new roads, rail, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure for the community. 

“With an uncertain global economy, it is more important than ever that we keep the jobs coming to Victoria.”

Mr Brumby launched the $20 million jobs policy, Looking to the Future: Securing Victorian Manufacturing Jobs, to back a sector worth $29.5 billion to Victoria’s economy.

“More and more businesses are setting up in Victoria,” he said.

“There are new opportunities – such as those presented by climate change – that I am determined to seize to keep the jobs coming to Victoria.

“This comes on top of the $203 million in payroll tax cuts the Treasurer and I announced this week – tax cuts firmly aimed at generating more jobs.

“It also builds on the $194.3 million package for two new technical education centres, 20 cutting-edge trade classrooms at secondary schools and more spots for senior students to study hands-on subjects.” 

A future Brumby Labor Government will:

  • Invest $6 million to help Victorian manufacturers become more globally competitive by boosting the Competitive Business Fund;
  • Provide $5.7 million to establish a new research centre, Victorian Electrification, Capability, Technology and Research Centre (VECTOR) to position Victoria as a global leader in electric vehicles;
  • Extend the Industry Capability Network with $8.3 million to ensure local manufacturers take full advantage of Victorian Government infrastructure projects;
  • Amend the Victorian Industry Participation Policy to include firms with up to 500 employees to make it even easier for Victorian small to medium businesses to win government work;
  • Lead the development of a national manufacturing strategy to grow exports, strengthen local supply chains and secure manufacturing jobs in Victoria and Australia; and
  • Revamp the Victorian Industry Manufacturing Council to focus more strongly on innovation.


The Looking to the Future: Securing Victorian Manufacturing Jobs strategy builds on the Government’s Building Our Industries for the Future strategy released in 2008.

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