Today will see South Australia and Victoria unite at the Council of Australian Governments in an attempt to get Federal and State governments in Australia to use a majority of Australian-made vehicles in their fleet, opposed to foreign imports.
The vehicle manufacturing states are co-authoring an agenda item on Government fleet vehicle procurement policy.
The move comes after Holden announced they were downsizing operations in both South Australia and Victoria.
Premier Jay Weatherill said he and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine aim to encourage all governments to set a target that the majority of their respective fleets are Australian-made.
“The car manufacturing industry remains economically important to Australia’s future. The Australian automotive industry directly employs about 48,500 people and another four to six people are employed in supporting industries for every direct automotive job, ” Mr Weatherill said.
“All governments – Federal and State – need to play a part in investing in the longevity of the automotive sector.”
Mr Weatherill revealed that of the total Government passenger vehicle fleet in South Australia, approximately 5000 vehicles, 99 per cent were Australian-made and 74 per cent of those are Holden vehicles.
The South Australian Government passenger vehicle order bank for future purchases is 100 per cent Australian-made.
“The South Australian, Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have consistently been very strong supporters of the Australian vehicle manufacturers over many years and this is demonstrated by the high content of Australian-made passenger vehicles currently in their fleets,” Mr Weatherill said.
“I will be seeking consideration from all Australian Governments to adopt South Australian, Victorian and Commonwealth Government policies regarding procurement of Government fleet vehicles to focus on domestically-built product.”
COAG is being held in Canberra today.