Varley Group

NSW/ACT Youth Conference invites Varley Group as guest speaker in support of improving current job support systems


Represented by Human Resource Manager, Jan Dobbie, Varley Group took an inspirational interest in the NSW/ACT Youth Conference organized by the Australian Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business Wednesday, 3rd April.


As an invited guest, Jan took the opportunity to speak about key actions that Varley Group undertakes to assist young people make successful transitions from school to the adult  world of employment.


Varley Group prides itself as a company that effectively demonstrates a track record working with various youth careers programs like VET, Port Stephens P-Tech, PaTH, RDA Hunter STEMships and short training programs for unemployed people within the Hunter, Sydney and Ballarat areas.  These programs have proven to be vital in the identifying passionate and committed young people for hiring as apprentices and trainees.


Varley believes we all have responsibilities to showcase what our work is, what career opportunities are available within our organisation and industry.  “Helping others ignite their passion and ultimately for making a society that provides economic and social benefit for all.’ States Jan Dobbie.


The conference brought together stakeholders in supporting young unemployed people to identify how to improve the current support system. The event shared many inspirational stories and case studies combined with an open mind to structuring future service models in order to skill and prepare our youth for careers and work.

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.



We are looking for a high achiever who has an Engineering Degree and solid experience leading a complex team…we have a newly created position for a (national) Engineering Manager who will oversee and optimize engineering outputs at several locations. Key results will include DIFOT, adherence to quality and other processes, and of course the Varley Group hallmark of innovation!


While the position will be based at the Tomago Headquarters, regular travel will be required including but not limited to:

  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

This position will manage a number of engineers, designers and draftspersons ensuring both efficiency and effectiveness of processes geared towards operational excellence (both design and manufacturing phases).


There will be some requirement to directly interface with customers / potential customers and also to liaise with manufacturing and other managers. The position reports to the CEO of Varley Vehicles.

To be given serious consideration for this position, it is essential that your application highlights the following:


1. Your ability and success with planning and managing all aspects of engineering performance against budget, process / quality requirements and customer expectations.

2. Track record of diligence with regard to labour forecasting and control to deliver work to spec / standards on time.

3. History of properly communicating with, developing and otherwise managing a cross functional team located at various sites.

4. Strong commitment to both quality and continuous improvement systems in engineering.

5. Substantial experience in a senior engineering role within an Australian manufacturing business.

6. Genuine understanding and practical application of appropriate metrics to drive superior performance in engineering.

7. Prior experience (and success) in implementing and managing organisational change.


Applicants called for interview will be required to attend in person with 48 hours’ notice. For any further details,  or call 02 4964 0400.

To apply, please call 02 4964 0400 or complete the Application Form 2018 and email it (together with a copy of your resume) to

Varleys' Marketing Analyst Wins University of Newcastle Faculty Medal

Varley Group Marketing Analyst, Daniel Pilipczyk

Varley Group Marketing Analyst, Daniel Pilipczyk

A huge congratulations is extended to our Marketing Analyst, Daniel Pilipczyk for winning the Faculty Medal within the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle. The award will be formally presented in July at a graduation ceremony.

Daniel joined Varley in December 2016 as a Marketing Research Assistant and has since secured permanent part-time work with the Varley Group while he studies towards his PhD in economics.

The Varley Group commend Daniel on his efforts and wish him all the best in continuing his studies.

‘The Heart Bus’

If you happened to tune in to Australian Story on ABC last night, you will have seen the wonderful story of Dr Gomes and the Heart of Australia mobile cardiology clinic – affectionately known as ‘The Heart Bus’:

Varley Group proudly manufactured this appliance at our Queensland facility between February and October 2014, utilising on average more than a dozen skilled employees at a time from design through to manufacture. The vehicle is a large divisibl load semi-trailer requiring expert planning by all parties involved to ensure the compliant and functional installation of sensitive medical equipment, power generation facilities, hygiene amenities, disabled accessibility and features common to standard medical facilities such as waiting areas, consult rooms and reception areas.

The vast size of the trailer was also a momentous challenge to overcome; legally the largest trailer appliance allowed to be built for use on Australian roads, significant engineering skill and dexterity was poured into the project. Varley worked diligently to develop a concept that satisfied all compliance limitations, yet still suited the vehicle’s ultimate purpose of acting as a fully-functional examination clinic on wheels.

The design and production of the trailer was such a success that, not only are Heart of Australia and Dr Gomes utilising the appliance with such momentous achievement, but the innovative concept is also being translated across to additional mobile service vehicle designs including libraries and other health facilities.

Time lapse footage of Varley’s construction of the momentous appliance can also be viewed on our YouTube channel here:

We offer our congratulations to all involved with the project and their well-deserved recognition by Australian Story and the ABC. We are proud to have been part of such a remarkable achievement.