Public sector jobs won’t be lost during VicRoads joint venture, treasurer says

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday March 5, 2021

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas and Victorian Minister for Roads Ben Carroll discussing the VicRoads decision
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas and Victorian Minister for Roads Ben Carroll. (AAP Image/Luis Ascui)

Current VicRoads employees won’t lose their jobs when the state government moves to privatise part of the agency, according to treasurer Tim Pallas.

Pallas on Friday announced that the state government has made an in-principle decision to progress a joint venture model for registration, licensing and custom plates.

“A detailed scoping study has identified a joint venture partnership as the best way to develop modern registration and licensing services while ensuring the government retains control of pricing, road access and safety,” he said in a statement.

The joint venture will not lead to job cuts, Pallas noted, with VicRoads staff, their representatives, and VicRoads industry partners to receive updates on any developments.

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Pallas said “stringent parameters and principles” would guide the development of a joint venture proposal, to protect workers’ rights and entitlements.

“We are focused on delivering a better customer service experience for motorists, and protecting jobs for VicRoads workers,” he said.

“VicRoads employees provide an incredibly important service for the Victorian community, and we will ensure these workers and their entitlements are protected throughout this process.”

The government expects to begin engagement with the private sector later this year.

It hopes the privatisation will enable it to create more modern, digital services, such as a new interactive program to apply for a learner permit that is set to launch next month.

The government will retain ownership of motorists’ data and maintain safeguards to protect their privacy, and customer service centres will continue to operate.

VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria were rolled into the state Department of Transport in 2019.

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