Realise the potential for local jobs throughout this plan!
As we build a transport system that works for everyone, we know this needs to be built and run by Victorians, creating local jobs. We need our fellow Victorians at the heart of this plan to make it happen.
We will fail to achieve the vision through the people’s plan, if we fail to think about the hard-working people building and running the system.
This is everyone from manufacturers, transport workers, construction workers, maintenance crew, technicians, tradespeople, station attendants, and more. The job potential is huge. And ongoing. While some jobs are created for building the initial infrastructure, many more will be required to maintain the service, provide upgrades and increase capacity as the city’s requirements change.
Minimum local content quotas are a good start to creating incentives for business and industry to grow their share of manufacturing and construction of vehicles for public transport services and the new technologies to power and manage them and contribute to the Victorian economies.
Check out these examples of how Victorian business are already taking initiatives forward:
- Manufacturing High Capacity Metro Trains: 65 new trains already being built here in Victoria. Resulting in more than 1,100 highly skilled local jobs. Divided between the Newport manufacturing facility (operational 2018-23) in Melbourne’s west and dozens of component suppliers across the state: power systems in Morwell; heating, ventilation and air conditioning in Melbourne’s west; and seats, handrails and interior fitting in Melbourne’s south-east.
Train maintenance depot: creating 400 jobs at the peak of construction and 100 long-term rail maintenance jobs.
- Electrification of rail lines is needed to allow faster, more frequent rail services that are quieter, less polluting, more energy efficient and cheaper to run. Upgrades to the line between Melton and Deer Park created 400 construction jobs, let’s get the rest of the network upgraded.
- Building new public transport infrastructure generates a range of jobs. The first Melbourne Metro project is predicted to create 7,000 jobs alone. These include construction, engineering, truck drivers and trade-based skills; as well as communications teams, lawyers, ICT works and architects. Upon completion of the project, train drivers, track workers, and more will be employed long term to keep the infrastructure running. The jobs created during construction could be continued in other new public transport infrastructure projects, such as building Melbourne Metro 2.
Mernda Rail Extension is creating 1,200 direct jobs during construction. But infrastructure projects that involve local businesses and industries creates further indirect jobs in the area – for the Mernda Rail Extension this is estimated at 1,800. It will result in 70 ongoing jobs to run and manage the service.
- In Australia growing cities are expanding public transport with light rail networks. Light rail infrastructure separates tram vehicles from traffic, ensuring more reliable travel times. Canberra’s 12-km Light Rail Stage 1 project is creating 3,500 direct and indirect jobs over the 3-year construction period. After construction, there will be increased demand for new shopping hubs, local businesses and construction of residential areas, due to accessibility of public transport. It is expected this will create 5000 additional jobs by 2047 along the development corridor. Reports found the Gold Coast Stage 1 Light rail created over 700 local jobs, while Stage 2 created 1600 new direct and indirect jobs. Both had quotas for locally sourcing workers.
Construction of new tram stock to meet increased patronage growth in Melbourne. 500 local workers are building 20 new vehicles, and supporting the transition of ex-automotive workers.
- Electric bus manufacturing has commenced in Australia. Based in Avalon, Victoria, with goals to be one of Australia’s manufacturers of 100 per cent locally made EVs. The production facility will initially employ 500 people, building vehicles and eventually self-charging battery technology.
At a time when our jobs future is rapidly shifting, now is the moment to set Victoria up for secure and rewarding jobs to benefit our state in the long term. We cannot rely on population growth to power the economy through construction forever. We need to invest in advanced manufacturing to keep skilled workers in jobs and invest in new technologies to create the jobs not yet imagined in keeping our transport capable of meeting future demands. We can demonstrate the leadership needed to create local jobs, supporting the transition to new technology and developing a talented generation to tackle the problems of the 21st Century.
Building rolling stock for transport systems using Victorian technology and labour.
Increasing diversity and participation in the Victorian economy.
A Victorian integrated transport system built sustainably, equitably for a thriving city.
We seek a continuation of, and an increase in, local content quotas for industry to create a pipeline of work to grow the system .
Prioritise retraining and upskilling incentives for the VET system to create a skilled workforce for these emerging industries