In September 2017, the Victorian Government finalised the purchase of the Heyfield Timber Mill. Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) continues under the ownership of the Victorian Government and a shareholder group made up of members of ASH management.
Below you will find answers to a number of questions you may have, as an employee of Australian Sustainable Hardwoods, following the purchase of the mill.
Information for workers
Who is my employer?
Employees at the Heyfield Mill are employed by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH). Following the recently established business partnership with the Victorian Government, ASH continues as a proprietary limited company under ownership of a new company HAH (Heyfield ASH Holding Pty Ltd (HAH)). The mill operates as a private company with an independent board.
Am I a member of the Victorian Public Service?
No. You are employed by Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), which is under ownership of HAH (Heyfield ASH Holding Pty Ltd). While the Victorian Government is a 49% shareholder in HAH, the company is not a statutory authority but a company as defined by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Is my job secure or will there be future redundancies?
The intention of the Victorian Government purchase was to secure valuable Gippsland jobs and skills and ensure the Heyfield mill can continue to contribute to the local economy, providing local employment and producing world-class materials into the future.
The Victorian Government believes the mill is a viable business. As with all companies however, the continuation of the company, and the security of employees depends on the success of the company in the market.
If redundancies occur, you will have access to the agreed entitlements for ASH employees, as well as assistance through the worker transition services of the Latrobe Valley Authority.
Decisions on redundancies will be made by the board of management of ASH.
Where can I find out more?
Employees from the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) Heyfield mill should refer to current management for more information.