Tim Ayres hosts panels on heavy industry and trade


Representatives of 15 heavyweights Industry organizations will come together on Tuesday morning at a roundtable hosted by Deputy Minister of Manufacturing and Trade Tim Ayres as part of the Jobs and Skills Summit consultation process.

Discussions at the heavy industry roundtable will focus on increasing productivity by ensuring Australia has the right mix of skills, as well as how to raise wages in the sector. The 90-minute roundtable will be moderated by Professor Roy Green, President of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub (ARMHub).

The organizations participating in the roundtable have been determined with input from the Department of Industry, the office of Industry Minister Ed Husic and other stakeholders with whom Senator Ayres has engaged throughout his tenure. mandate in Parliament. Organizations were selected from a wide range of industries and to include major employers.

Two unions will be present alongside organizations from the defence, mining, aviation and real estate sectors, among others. Several multinational companies with large Australian operations will also be present.

In the afternoon, Senator Ayres will join Trade Minister Don Farrell to convene a separate Trade Roundtable.

Representatives of the following organizations will be present:

  • Alstom
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • Australian contractors
  • australian steel institute
  • Australian Workers Union
  • BAE systems
  • Boeing Australia
  • Brickworks
  • CEA Technologies
  • CSR
  • Pivot Incitec
  • Lend-Lease
  • Raytheon
  • Rio Tinto
  • Thales

Senator Ayres said the roundtable was crucial in developing plans to provide good jobs and the skills needed by Australian industry.

“The government has clear plans, through the National Reconstruction Fund, to rebuild Australia’s sovereign capacity by investing in areas of national interest such as rail, construction and defence,” the government said. Senator Ayres.

“Workers and skills are at the heart of it all, and today’s discussions bring together some of our country’s largest employers in these critical sectors.

“For existing heavy industry, large users of gas and electricity, energy price and supply issues are at the heart of today’s concerns, but the focus of the Jobs and Skills Summit is to ensure that Australians have the skills needed for the jobs of the future, and that industry creates quality, secure, well-paying jobs and increases national productivity.

“Our industrial future depends on national cooperation, energy efficiency and sustainability, reducing energy costs and emissions, but above all on increasing productivity, the right mix of skills and the salary increase.

Last week, Minister Husic hosted five roundtables as part of the Jobs and Skills Summit consultation process. These focused on digital and technology skills, science and commercialization, advanced manufacturing, industrial unions and artificial intelligence. The summit itself will be held on September 1 and 2.

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