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Automotive Workers in Transition Program

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 15:21 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Automotive Transformation a question relating to employment data.

Leave granted.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: On 20 September, the minister tabled an answer to my question without notice regarding the employment outcomes of those who have participated in the Automotive Workers in Transition Program. The minister’s answer stated that data on the numbers of workers successfully employed will be collected as this information becomes available. I ask the minister whether the government will also be collecting data on what percentage of those workers have gained full-time alternative employment and what percentage have only been able to gain part-time alternative employment? Are you collecting full-time and part-time employment statistics?

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) ( 15:21 ): I thank the honourable member for his question and his interest in automotive transformation, which marks a very different view to many of his colleagues in these matters that affect our workers in the north, as has been demonstrated over the last 15 minutes in this chamber.

I can provide an update to the honourable member on current statistics for the Automotive Workers in Transition Program. I am pleased to be able to advise the honourable member that the most recent statistics I have are program activities and outcomes to 6 October 2016 and those statistics are that 2,942 individuals have attended information sessions, resulting in 1,123 registrations, is what I am advised, that 690 individuals have been supported to access career advice and transition services, and there have been 266 activities for training tickets and/or licences approved.

In relation to statistics that are kept on the breakdown of various types of employment that are gained, I don’t think we have that data available, but if there is an answer that I can bring back, I will bring back that answer for the honourable member.

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