Anglicare Australia today launched its Flagship ‘State of the Family Report’ at Australian Parliament House.

Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There’ calls on the South Australian Government to leverage the state’s assets and provide social and economic infrastructure to help our workforce adjust to life after car manufacturing.

Here in South Australia our economy has been experiencing a significant period of transition, as the state has been forced to move away from a manufacturing to a services focus.

The end of car manufacturing in South Australia has led to huge job losses in some of the state’s most vulnerable areas, most notably Northern Adelaide.

Kate McGarry Senior Manager Community Services at AnglicareSA said that the end of the Australian car industry has left South Australia in need of significant restructuring.

‘The prospect of the Holden closure in Adelaide’s north presents a grim outcome for the manufacturing sector in South Australia. If the closure of the Mitsubishi plant at Tonsley (in Adelaide’s South) is to be any indication of the post-Holden future of South Australia’s economy, the picture is not encouraging.’

‘1,200 people lost their jobs and only one third of them were able to obtain adequate, alternative employment. This was after the cessation of only one major manufacturer. What we now face is the end of an entire industry,’ she said.

The loss of automotive manufacturing jobs in northern Adelaide alone is estimated to be around 6,871, while South Australia is looking at a total job loss of 23,900.

Job losses on this scale will have massive economic and social implications and the state is in desperate need of a targeted response to this potential crisis. And as Kate McGarry highlights, many highly-skilled workers will soon be finding themselves out of work and we need to make sure that they have viable options when it comes to finding new employment.

“It is not just the 24,000 people losing their jobs who are directly affected, it is their children too who find little hope in future job availability. We are looking at generations of potentially economically disadvantaged people, and a further increase in the gap between the rich and the poor,’ she said.

You can read the full national report here: ‘Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There?