Release type: Media Release


New project officer to help Mitsubishi workers

Joint Media Release with Hon Paul Caica, Minister for Employment, Training & Further Education

Mitsubishi workers who are to be made redundant from the closure of the Tonsley Park plant will receive better training and employment services co-ordinated through a newly established project officer.

The Federal Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, and the South Australian Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, Paul Caica, today announced the creation of the position during a visit to the Tonsley Park plant.

Mr O’Connor and Mr Caica also announced the formation of a new steering committee comprising representatives from Australian and South Australian governments, Mitsubishi and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union to oversee the implementation of the Labour Adjustment Package.

The Australian and South Australian governments announced a $50 million package to support workers and the region affected by the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s decision to close the Tonsley Park vehicle assembly plant.

Mr O’Connor said the project officer would ensure workers understand and can access the range of training and employment services that have been made available from the State and Commonwealth.

"During this time of transition it’s important that workers are fully informed about the services that they can access," Mr O’Connor said.

"This position has been jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments to provide one-on-one assistance, mentoring and follow-up."

Mr Caica said the project officer would have responsibility for ensuring every worker is contacted, followed up and understood how to access the range of training and employment services.

"The project officer will report to the steering committee that will also identify any ways the Labour Adjustment Package can operate better, and ensure workers have an opportunity to improve their skills and find quality employment quickly," Mr Caica said.

"It is vital that affected workers not only have access to a range of training and employment services but also know how to access the right services for them."

Mr O’Connor also urged qualified providers to submit a proposal for funding under the Industry Specific Training element of the Government’s Labour Adjustment Package.

Application details will be available from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in the next week.

The Australian and South Australian governments are also working with Mitsubishi to host a two-day Jobs Expo at the plant on Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7.

The Expo will give employers which require additional skilled staff a chance to promote their businesses to workers.