The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has launched its 2022 state election manifesto, ‘Fully Charged: The automotive industry’s policy priorities for the next Victorian state government’.
The document calls for the implementation of 27 recommendations it said will make a difference to the state’s 19,000 automotive businesses, 110,000 industry workers, and 4.5 million motorists.
“Automotive is in the midst of unprecedented change,” said Geoff Gwilym, CEO of the VACC. “VACC stands ready to work with the next Victorian government to assist the industry to navigate this challenging transition to an electric vehicle fleet.”
According to the chamber, the critical labour shortages across all sectors of the industry is the most urgent issue to be addressed. Further, the VACC wants the next state government to:
- Create a comprehensive zero and low-emissions vehicle (ZLEV) strategy
- Instigate a three-year apprentice wage subsidy programme for employers
- Introduce a three-year apprentice mentoring programme to improve retention rates
- Invest in sustainable waste recycling and renewable energy facilities
- Raise Victoria’s payroll tax threshold to $1.2 million per year
- Implement an annual roadworthy requirement for vehicles aged eight years and over.
The VACC said that while there is more to do, if the next Victorian government puts these policies in place it will shore up an $11 billion sector.
“The automotive industry is a fundamental component of a well-functioning economy, and it is at a critical juncture. With the emergence of ZLEVs and a long-standing skills shortage, industry and government must work together to keep Victoria on track,” Gwilym said.
The Victorian state election is scheduled to be held on 26 November 2022.