Posted on 06. Aug, 2010 in Greening Victoria

An Automotive Australia 2020 Roadmap outlining long-term opportunities for the nation’s automotive industry has been released today.

Federal Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr and Victorian Industry and Trade Minister, Jacinta Allan, said the Roadmap could set the path for the future growth of the Australian automotive industry.

The roadmap outlines four long-term opportunities for Australian industry, all of which build on the industry’s existing capabilities:

  • Vehicle electrification;
  • Gaseous fuels;
  • Light-weighting; and
  • Advanced data and communication systems.

 “The Gillard Labor Government believes in a strong and secure economy and today’s announcement is part of our economic plan to move Australia forward,” Senator Carr said.

 “Australia has a proud history in automotive manufacturing and it is important the industry continues to modernise and adapt to meet today’s challenges.

“Innovation is the key to putting the industry on an economically and environmentally sustainable footing. That is why we are supporting the industry through initiatives like the $6 billion New Car Plan for a Greener Future.”

The roadmap was developed using input from over 160 organisations, including from across industry, universities, research organisations and government.

The report is accompanied by three interim reports outlining technology needs, capabilities and identified opportunities for the Australian automotive industry. It also builds on the Victorian Automotive Manufacturing Action Plan.

Victorian Industry Minister Jacinta Allan said Victoria was the heartland of the nation’s automotive industry with about 30,000 workers and exports of almost $3 billion.

“The car industry had a tough time last year, but thanks to Brumby Government support for projects like Altona’s Toyota Hybrid Camry and the $50 million Industry Transition Fund, the industry is on a more competitive and sustainable footing,’’ Ms Allan said.

“The Brumby Government is also working with the car companies and suppliers through the $6.7 million Victorian Automotive Manufacturing Action Plan to meet future challenges.

“This includes our C21 Challenge partnership with Toyota to support Tier 2 and 3 supplier, programs to encourage the rapid uptake of new technologies and technology evaluation – and our $350,000 support for the roadmap.”

Senator Carr said the roadmap would guide industry development.

“We look forward to receiving feedback from industry, unions and other stakeholders on how we can achieve these goals together,’’ Senator Carr said.

The Automotive Industry Innovation Council will carefully consider the roadmap and advise the Federal and State Governments on how the industry will take the report forward and how existing government support can be used to facilitate its implementation.               

Tony Abbott will cut support to Australia’s automotive industry by slashing $278 million from the Green Car Innovation Fund. He also opposed Federal Labor’s stimulus package which protected around 200,000 jobs.

The Federal Election offers a choice between a better plan for a stronger economy or no plan and high risk to our economy

A Gillard Labor Government will create even more jobs – cutting tax for all business, investing in the skills of our workforce and critical infrastructure, including national broadband.

In contrast, Tony Abbott will increase tax on the thousands of companies that employ half of the Australian workforce, and cut investment in skills and infrastructure, which means less job security and more pressure on interest rates.     


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