Media Release

16 July 2015

Ondarchie: Figures out today show job losses in Ballarat

Thursday 16 July 2015


Figures out today show job losses in Ballarat

Official figures show that Ballarat has lost 4,300 full-time jobs since Daniel Andrews came to office.

Australian Bureau of Statistic data released today reveals the number of people in full-time jobs in Ballarat has fallen from 46,800 in December 2014 to 42,500 in June 2015.

Shadow Minister for Jobs Craig Ondarchie said the figures make a mockery of Daniel Andrews’ claim that every job is worth fighting for.

“Daniel Andrews promised to fight for every Victorian job, but since the election we’re hearing excuse after excuse for job losses in this area,” Mr Ondarchie said.

“He promised to create 100,000 full-time jobs within two years of coming to office across Victoria, but all we have seen are sharp falls in full-time employment.

“Ballarat has been short-changed by a city-centric Premier.

“The figures confirm again why Daniel Andrews should support the Coalition plan to relocate the VicRoads head office to Ballarat.

“At a time when we need to be creating jobs in Ballarat, only 2.9 per cent of Daniel Andrews’ major infrastructure funding is being spent in regional Victoria.

“Under Daniel Andrews the growth of regional Victoria is on-hold and his promise of new jobs is all talk and no action.”