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Labor working with industry to grow Tasmania’s ICT sector

  • Labor’s Industry Advisory Council focusing on supporting Tasmania’s ICT organisations
  • Education a key challenge for the sector moving forward
  • Tasmania rated amongst the lowest nation-wide in digital readiness and literacy


Labor is focused on working with industry to ensure that Tasmania’s world-class ICT sector can continue its growth, while ensuring that every Tasmanian has access to improve and develop ICT skills relevant to future employment and education needs.

Labor’s Innovation, Information and Communication Technologies Industry Advisory Council (IAC) met for the first time in Hobart today.  The industry led IAC, chaired by Joel Harris of TasmaNet, identified education as a key challenge for the sector moving forward.

Shadow Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Michelle O’Byrne, said the industry employed more than 3,700 Tasmanians and with the right support from Government, more growth is possible.

“We know that the state is not prepared to meet the employment demand in this industry and that our young people are not being adequately equipped with the skills for the jobs of the future,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Our IAC is about identifying the best ways that we can support ICT organisations to deliver those skills and growth in a way that allows Tasmania to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the digital economy.”


* As part of our commitment to Put People First, Labor is working with stakeholders across the state’s key economic sectors with our IACs to create more full time jobs in Tasmania.


Michelle O’Byrne MP
Deputy Labor Leader