Statement On The Closure Of Ford

Ford factories in Geelong and Broadmeadows will close their doors for the last time today, marking the end of 90 years of manufacturing in Victoria.

This will be a very sad and difficult day for workers – many who have spent their entire working lives at Ford.

Our thoughts are with them, their families and the many others in Ford’s supply chain who will also be affected by the closure.

Labor Governments have always supported automotive manufacturing in Victoria and we are doing all we can to help workers, businesses, and communities through this very difficult period.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $46.5 million of targeted assistance, including programs and training for auto workers, businesses and local communities hardest hit.

It is absolutely paramount that all levels of government work together to help workers and businesses during this difficult transition.

The experience of Ford employees will provide a valuable benchmark for all other workers such as those at Holden, Toyota and supply chain companies as they make a similar transition.

Workers have always been at the heart of Ford and they leave behind a proud legacy that has shaped Victoria’s world class manufacturing industry, which today employs 274,000 people across the state.

The automotive industry also continues to grow across a range of sectors including design and engineering, parts and accessories, aftermarket, and retail, service and repair.

Ford will continue to employ approximately 1,500 people in Victoria and will retain its Asia-Pacific Product Development Centre and parts warehouse at Broadmeadows, its Research and Development Centre at Geelong, and its proving ground at Lara.

Ford’s legacy will be felt in the years and decades to come as Victoria enters a new manufacturing chapter.

All retrenched workers can access career services and support via our Skills and Jobs Centres on 134 389.