Local business, training organisations and community groups from Casey discussed strategies to keep Victorians in work at a forum in Berwick last week.

State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said ideas discussed at the forum, which was held at the Berwick campus of Chisholm TAFE, would contribute to Labor’s work in developing a jobs and investment plan for Victoria.

“Nothing is more important to families in Casey than having a job,” she said

“Yet under the Baillieu Government, Victoria’s unemployment rate has increased to 5.3 per cent, and infrastructure investment fell by 6.8 per cent in Victoria in 2011, compared to growth of 30 per cent nationwide,”

“The Baillieu Government has no jobs plan for Victorians because they just don’t care,”

“With the Baillieu Government asleep at the wheel, Labor is working with business and the community to do what’s needed – develop a jobs plan,” she said.

Participants at the forum discussed issues including investment attraction, skills and training, infrastructure and major projects.

Ms Graley said forum participants were concerned by the Baillieu Government’s massive cuts to TAFE funding.

“Mr Baillieu’s cruel and callous $300 million cut to TAFE is a devastating blow to young people in our community, setting them up to join the already record high youth unemployment rate,” she said

“We have been told the cuts will cause massive fee increases and campus closures, limiting opportunities for young people to gain the skills for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Shadow Treasurer Tim Holding said Labor will deliver a strong plan to attract jobs and investment to Victoria.

“A job provides dignity, a sense of purpose, a productive contribution to the community and an income to support a family,” he said.

“Labor will do the hard yards to keep Victorians in work.”

The Opposition has written to more than 240 organisations, seeking their views to help shape the jobs and investment plan, as well as holding a series of forums across the State.

Ms Graley encouraged the community, business groups, unions and other organisations to have their say by visiting