Local Queensland workers building the ambulances saving lives


Growing local jobs with a Queensland workforce was the topic of conversation when Member for  Bancroft, Chris Whiting, inspected Varley Vehicles ambulance assembly line with its CEO Blaine Scarr on Thursday.


Varley Vehicles has completed about $5 million worth of work for the Queensland Ambulance Service this year, creating 30 jobs locally at its Narangba factory and another 30 Queensland jobs through the supply chain.


It is looking to expand these local operations when the Queensland Ambulance Service announces the results of a tender in the new year to complete $3 million worth of upcoming ambulance builds.

Varley Vehicles is one of four companies looking to capture some of this work.


Mr Scarr said the ambulance production line at Varley Vehicles was a real example of the Queensland Government and Mr Whiting’s commitment to a local build, with local workers and making use of the local supply chain.


“When you see a Queensland ambulance or a fire truck go driving by, know that it was engineered locally by workers from Queensland,” Mr Scarr said.


“Without the Queensland Ambulance Service’s investment in the Queensland manufacturing industry and more importantly in Varley Vehicles local operations, 30 direct Varley jobs, and another 30 local jobs downstream in the supply chain, would've been lost to the region.


“Creating local jobs and supporting high skilled manufacturing is a central plank of what our government does. Well done to Varley for having such faith in our local community, and in Queensland.” Said Mr Whiting.


About Varley Vehicles

Headquartered in Narangba, Varley Vehicles is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the specialised vehicles, aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

Varley's turnkey solutions approach

There was a recent piece on Varley Group by David Barrat in Business In Focus, which gives reader a comprehensive view of Australian business. 

A division of the Varley Group, an Australian owned and operated business formed more than 128 years ago, Varley Specialised Vehicles possesses a wealth of knowledge, experience, and resources to complete each client’s project, big or small, on time and to specification.

The Varley Group was formed by George Henry Varley in 1886 as a small plumbing and boiler making business serving the industrial maintenance and ship repair sectors. Over the past century Varley has grown significantly to incorporate a diverse portfolio of products and services for a broad range of market sectors. Today, Varley operates on an international scale, providing engineering, design, production, and support for a number of products for clients in defence and aerospace, ship repair, specialised vehicles, rail services, power services, and electrical vehicles.

Speaking with Engineer, Karlo Giebeler, it is clear that Varley’s roots as a family business continue to shape the direction the company takes and the way in which it strives to build authentic relationships with clients to facilitate the design process. “Varley is a family owned business and the company employs 500 people working across manufacturing and other divisions,” says Karlo, who suggests that it is the people who make up Varley, and the support of management, which has driven the company’s continued growth and success providing world-class products for a diverse range of industrial clients. “It’s about the knowledge the people possess on the shop floor, right up to the top.”

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Whatever we can put on wheels, we will do it.
— Karlo Giebeler, Varley Engineer