Automotive Supplier Diversification Program

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 15:13 :28 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Automotive Transformation a question regarding the Automotive Supplier Diversification Program.

Leave granted.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: The minister recently outlined how approved changes to the Automotive Workers in Transition Program will now enable spouses and partners of registered workers to register for the program, as well as labour-hire personnel, access career to advice and mentoring, training and other support services. The minister recently stated to this chamber, ‘We are increasing our efforts and also increasing how we capture people and make sure they are involved’. My questions are:

1.How is the government ensuring that it captures the newly eligible candidates and make sure that they are aware and become involved in the program?

2.Will the government be tracking the participation and employment outcomes of the newly eligible candidates?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy) ( 15:14 :30 ): I thank the honourable member for his question. I can remember some weeks ago seeing some information on some of the ways that this has been communicated. I don’t have that with me, but I know that it won’t take too long to come back with a response

I will undertake to do that swiftly and bring back a response in terms of the new ways, not just for the changes but also I know the Automotive Transformation Taskforce is constantly endeavouring to make sure they communicate in the most efficient and effective way possible. I will bring back an answer that encapsulates different changes in the way they are doing that and I will also bring back an answer in response to ways that that data is being used to track what is happening and also to predict, possibly, what is needed in the future.

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