Media Release

27 May 2022

Janet Cribbes, CEO, Tradeswomen Australia said more than 160 workplaces in Victoria’s Automotive Industry, representing 3000 employees, are well advanced in an industry-first program designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of small and medium automotive businesses through diversity and inclusion.
Janet Cribbes in a red top on a white background, smiling
CEO of Tradeswomen Australia, Janet Cribbes

Ms Cribbes said the Tradeswomen Australia Workplace Diversity Project, successfully launched at Kangan Institute Docklands in 2021 by Ms Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Safety, was an important step for the Automotive industry.

Ms Cribbes welcomed the progress and extensive involvement of the Autosports Group Victoria across a number of divisions of the prestigious company.

Dom Manago, Service Manager at Doncaster BMW said Autosports Group Victoria is dedicated to supporting the Workplace Diversity Project that supports businesses to create environments to embrace diversity and inclusion through recruitment, employee support, and workplace practices.

Dom Manago
Service Manager Doncaster BMW

Sophie Prendergast, Autosports Group Human Resources Manager (VIC) said the introduction and implementation of the Workplace Diversity Project has had strong support from all of the Autosports Dealer Principals and Service Managers.

The regular toolbox meetings provided a valuable opportunity to involve staff discussions and keep staff up to date on relevant issues or new projects, Ms Prendergast said.

Group of women mechanics grouped around the engine of a car
From left:
Sophie Prendergast, Autosports Group Human Resources Manager (VIC), Scarlett Roberts, apprentice technician, Emily Milano, service advisor, and Hannah Carboon, parts apprentice at Doncaster BMW.

Autosports Group Victorian businesses participating in the program are:

  • Doncaster BMW
  • Bundoora BMW
  • Melbourne BMW
  • Bundoora BMW Bodyshop
  • Melbourne BMW Bodyshop
  • Brighton Jaguar Land Rover



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