A More Competitive Manufacturing Industry

The Victorian Government's manufacturing strategy will strengthen Victoria's manufacturing industry to secure jobs and grow business investment.

This strategy is underpinned by expanded grass roots engagement with Victorian manufacturers

The Department's business engagement model is a significant step-up in the scale and effectiveness of the government's relationship with industry. More than 80 specialist business development officers will work directly with businesses in the major manufacturing suburbs of Melbourne and in regional Victoria

The new strategy will simplify and provide easier access to support for business by reducing the number of programs supporting manufacturing from 32 to five. This is in line with the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) Inquiry into a more competitive Victorian manufacturing industry, which called for a consolidated set of programs that encourage more high performing manufacturing firms across all manufacturing industries.

This more tightly-targeted suite of measures will focus on achieving demonstrable gains in productivity, in building collaborative relationships, in generating innovation, and in ensuring manufacturers have the skills they need to compete.

The strategy will also ensure there are more opportunities for local businesses to compete for government contracts and will strengthen the Victorian Industry Participation Program. The strategy sets five priority areas to lift the productivity and competitiveness of Victoria's manufacturing sector:

1. A world-class specialist manufacturing service
Manufacturing Solutions Victoria (MSV) will support manufacturers in identifying practical solutions to drive productivity and deliver greater flexibility to respond to individual business needs.

2. Productivity and innovation networks
Manufacturers will be supported to strengthen existing co-operation between business and also with research institutions to facilitate supply chain integration and partnership to support innovation and technology diffusion.

3. Investing in technology
Manufacturers will be supported to introduce leading-edge technology to drive high growth potential.

4. Support for small manufacturers
Manufacturers will be able to access specialised workshops to ensure small business manufacturers can stay up-to-speed on latest trends in areas such as lean manufacturing, access to information on government tenders, and commercialisation.

5. Niche and specialist skills
Manufacturers will be supported with a systematic and structured approach to identifying and addressing priority specialist skill needs for key trades and other occupations critical for the future manufacturing workforce.

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