The Andrews Labor Government's $266 million transition package for the
Latrobe Valley is helping to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and grow
The Worker Transition Service connects
workers and their families to the right services; to give them the skills,
training, information and personal support they need to take up new employment
opportunities, start their own business, move into retirement or adjust to a
significant change in life circumstances.
All employees of
Hazelwood, including contractors, supply chain employees and their family
members, and employees of the Carter Holt Harvey Mill in Morwell can access the
Worker Transition Service through the Latrobe Valley
The Worker Transition Service has engaged with
729 clients affiliated to Hazelwood. An additional 135 workers from Carter Holt
Harvey's Morwell mill are registered with the
Employment information is collected on a voluntary
basis through the Worker Transition Service. I understand that of those Worker
Transition Service clients that have found employment:
- 306 are employed in full-time roles;
- 35 are
employed in part-time roles; and,
- 307 are employed in casual roles.
Of those registered with Worker Transition Service,
185 former Hazelwood workers and 34 Carter Holt Harvey employees are identified
as currently looking for work.
The Latrobe Valley Authority
estimates that approximately 100 Hazelwood workers opted to retire when French
company, Engie, closed the power station and mine.
the Worker Transfer Scheme, the Government funds the participating employers
for each worker that they employ. This funding partly offsets the cost of the
voluntary early retirement scheme. The participating employers fund the balance
of the costs associated with the early retirement scheme. Therefore, any
expansion of the Worker Transfer Scheme with additional participating employers
will require that employer to agree to fund their existing employees' voluntary
early retirement packages.
We remain committed to
identifying and supporting business growth and new jobs in the Latrobe Valley.
Already, the Andrews Labor Government has helped create more than 2,000 new
jobs in the Latrobe Valley.
Minister for Regional Development