Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — Last Thursday I had the pleasure in opening the 2017 Melbourne West Jobs Fair, held at the Sunshine Convention Centre at the Victoria University Sunshine campus. It was an initiative of the state government in conjunction with the federal government and Toyota as part of the automotive workers transition plan. As we all know, Toyota is due to shut its doors in October this year, and Holden as well.

There were a number of workshop topics, including improving job search and interview techniques and improving cover letters for résumés. A number of job providers were present, like the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Victoria Police, Apprenticeship Support Victoria, Careers in Local Government, and many other companies who were there offering jobs. Eighteen hundred jobs were advertised at that event, 60‑plus employers were there advertising, 3058 people actually came through the doors, 2570 résumés were collected and there were 1384 visits to the booths.

I just want to take the opportunity to thank all the participants, and I want to thank all of the staff of both the state and federal governments who actually put the event together to assist these workers in transitioning from the automotive industry to new jobs. I wish them well and thank Minister Noonan for his great work in that field as well.

7 September 2017