Jobs boost for Victoria's aviation industry

Published: 25 October 2021

Jumbo jet flying in the airVictoria’s aviation industry is set to welcome the arrival of new jobs in aircraft maintenance and engineering as the sector begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and travel takes off again.

Australia’s largest independent aerospace composites manufacturer, Quickstep Holdings Limited is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Tullamarine, recently acquiring the capabilities from Boeing Australia.

Supported by Victorian Government, Quickstep’s $3.94 million investment will expand the facility and create 63 full-time jobs over the next three years. The move will strengthen local capabilities and skilled jobs, allowing domestic airline operators to carry out aviation maintenance that had previously moved offshore.

Quickstep is also gearing up to expand its offerings with upgrades to the facilities, equipment and business processes, and provide industry leading aircraft structures and MRO capabilities for both local airlines and airlines across the Asia Pacific region.

Victoria’s aviation sector employs around 6,700 people and contributes approximately $1.7 billion to the annual economy and will be an important component of the state’s economic recovery.

The Victorian Government is backing industry-led economic growth through the Manufacturing Industry and Development Fund that is supporting Victorian manufacturers to expand their operations and implement new technologies – driving innovation and creating local jobs across the state.

For information on the Manufacturing Industry and Development Fund, visit the Business Victoria website.