Constituency Question regarding PortHaul

CIMG0337My constituency question is to the Minister for Employment. The Andrews government has pledged to create 100 000 full-time jobs in its first two years of office. The Treasurer’s much-lauded Back to Work scheme has only delivered 164 new jobs to Victoria in 12 months. Hardly any of these are in regional Victoria.

There is a business in Portland needing to fill 56 jobs immediately, and it is asking for help. Porthaul, a bulk transport business with over 100 employees, has contracts to fill and is seeking government assistance.

What is the government doing to assist Porthaul in filling these positions in order to provide employment opportunities for the people of the South-West Coast electorate?

Answer from The Hon. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Employment on 9/2/2016

I can advise the Honourable Member that Regional Development Victoria (RDV) has been working closely with Porthaul, and I understand that the recruitment issues faced by the company have been resolved.

I am advised that Porthaul has been able to obtain all of the required drivers through in-house training and external recruitment.

Furthermore, I am advised that with harvest operations beginning in the coming weeks, new job vacancies will become available. RDV will be meeting with Porthaul during this period to offer assistance with the recruitment process.