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Green Jobs

The choice between protecting jobs or the environment is a false one. Green jobs allow us to do both.

A green job (sometimes also called a clean energy job or climate safe) is a job that helps us address the environmental challenges we face. As we make the shift to low carbon economies, green jobs are expected to boom. For instance, the CSIRO predicts that 2.7 million new jobs will be created in Australia by 2025 if we aim to become carbon neutral by 2050. Many will be green jobs.

Globally, governments are realising that green stimulus packages can help us avoid job losses from recession and address major environmental problems at the same time. The US has set a target to create 5 million new green jobs, while the UK is aiming to create 1 million new green jobs.

We already have lots of green jobs in Victoria. For example, 700 people are employed in the solar water heating industry. Around 6000 people are employed in rail manufacturing. And 6500 people are employed in recycling in Victoria.

In 2009, we held a jobs summit with our friends from the Brotherhood of St Laurence to explore the opportunities for Victoria to lead the way in green jobs.

Read more about it
Watch key speakers talk about the exciting possibilities
One million green jobs are out there

Download some of the presentation papers below

Mark Wakeham, Campaigns Director, Environment Victoria
Erwin Jackson, Director, Policy and Research, the Climate Institute
Julius Roe, National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Michael Horn, Senior Manager, Research & Policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Paul Murfitt, Moreland Energy Foundation
Professor William Mitchell, Director, Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle
Sally Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, National Employment Services Association
Tim Piper, Director-Victoria, Australian Industry Group


We released a major report - Victoria: The Green Jobs State - that showed that we can create 26,000 new jobs for Victorians in just five years across just five industries. It's totally true

It's just good business

Globally, our economies are in the doldrums. Stories of recession, jobs losses and failed businesses have been told all too frequently. And Australia's economy hasn't been immune.

Meanwhile, the world's scientists are growing more and more alarmed at the extent of the climate crisis. They're calling for urgent and wide-spread action to reduce our emissions.

Sounds like a double whammy of bad news, doesn't it?

Amidst all this doom and gloom, however, a new global understanding is emerging - we can renew our economies and address the environmental challenges we face. And we can do it at the same time.

It's now clear that the choice between protecting jobs and protecting the environment is a false one. Green jobs - that help our environment - can do both.

more resources

Green Gold Rush: How Ambitious Environmental Policy Can Make Australia a Leader in the Global Race for Green Jobs, ACF and ACTU study. Check it out

2009 Statement of Government Intentions, Victorian Government. Read it

Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, United Nations Environment Program. Download it

Growing the Green Collar Economy: Skills and Labour Challenges in Reducing Our Greenhouse Emissions and National Environmental Footprint. CSIRO. Get into it

Victoria's Greenhouse Opportunity Set: New Growth Prospects in a Carbon Constrained World, Allen Consulting Group. Open it up

Green Jobs and Green Skills, Sharan Burrow Speech, 4 March 2009. Listen to it

Grab the latest buzz on green jobs below.


Australian cleantech industry nears $30bn – bigger than car making

18 March 2013
Giles Parkinson, Renew Economy

The Australian cleantech sector boasts revenue of $29 billion a year and employs 53,000 people, making it larger than...


Island wind farm to produce power for Victoria

28 November 2012
The World Today ABC


ELEANOR HALL: Tasmania's King Island is famous for its cheese and beef but it's also set to become the site of...


SA windfall after Vic turbine change

25 July 2012
Cimara Pearce, Weekly Times

SOUTH Australia's wind farm industry is cashing in on Victoria's strict planning guidelines.

More than $5 billion of capital investment in the wind industry was pumped...


Climate, land, biodiversity face biggest cuts

Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Adam Morton, The Age

Spending on environmental programs will be cut by $130.6 million next financial year - the biggest reduction for any department.

The cuts to the Department of...


Budget continues Baillieu Government’s record of environmental failure

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Environment Victoria has described today State budget as “deeply disappointing” and said it continues the Baillieu Government’s record of...


Coalition urged to increase home energy ratings

Monday, April 9 2012
Tom Arup, The Age

Environment and welfare groups have questioned a lack of progress by the Baillieu government on its election promise to...


Carbon target scrapped

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Josh Gordon and Tom Arup, The Age

A plan to cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent over the next decade is set to be dumped by the Baillieu government on the basis that it would merely...


New poll finds Victorians want clean energy action. Is Premier Baillieu listening?

Friday, 9 March 2012

A new survey of attitudes on the environment has found that most Victorians believe the state government has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse pollution....


State fudges carbon figures

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Adam Morton, The Age

The Baillieu government's credibility on climate change has been undermined after economic modelling that it commissioned contradicted its own claims that Victoria would be...


Green Jobs plan a welcome investment for our future

Friday, 30 April 2010

Environment Victoria welcomed the state government’s Green Jobs Action Plan released by Premier Brumby today.

The Plan, in development for the past year, will create new green jobs...


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Green Jobs Summit Presentation - Kelly O'Shanassy Kelly O'Shanassy, CEO of the state's peak not-for-profit environment group, Environment Victoria, speaks at a ground-breaking summit examining Victoria's potential to become a world leader in green jobs.   Share  
Green Jobs Summit - Wayne Kayler-Thomson Wayne Kayler-Thomson from the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, speaks at a ground-breaking summit examining Victoria's potential to become a world leader in green jobs. 

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