Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and Victorian Minister
for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher today released the Mornington
Peninsula and Phillip Island Tourism Employment Plan addressing regional skills
and labour needs.
"The jobs of over 929,000 Australians are linked to tourism and for every
dollar spent on tourism, it generates an additional 90 cents across our economy.
That is more than what is generated from mining and resources, education and
retail," Mr Robb said.
"Australia is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the demand from the
emerging middle classes of Asia who are seeking clean, green food produce, wine
and natural landscape tourism experiences – which Victoria is renowned for. It
is vitally important we grow our tourism and hospitality workforce to meet this
demand," Mr Robb said.
Ms Asher said the plan was an important part of supporting regional Victorian
"Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula are among the top destinations
for both domestic and international visitors to Victoria, and the Tourism
Employment Plan will help build a sustainable tourism and hospitality workforce
for the region’s future," Ms Asher said.
The Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tourism Employment Plan comprises
11 individual initiatives. These include tailored training programs along with a
Regional Program Guide which outlines a range of government and industry
programs and tools available to assist businesses and prospective employees
address local labour and skills issues.
Member for Nepean Martin Dixon, Member for Mornington David Morris, Member
for Hastings Neale Burgess and Member for Bass Ken Smith all welcomed the
Tourism Employment Plan and the Program Guide.
The Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island Tourism Employment Plan was
developed in collaboration with the region’s tourism and hospitality
stakeholders including business owners, the regional tourism boards, local
government, Tourism Victoria and Austrade.
This constitutes a partnership, Tourism 2020, between the Australian state
and territory governments expected to increase Australia’s share of overnight
tourism spend to between $115 billion and $140 billion by 2020.
Further information about the Tourism Employment Plan and other Tourism 2020
labour and skills initiatives is at
- Trade Minister's Office: (02) 6277 7420
- DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555