Arts and Sport

Arts and Creative Industries

Labor believe that the arts are instrumental in reflecting who we are as individuals and as a community. As such it is important that everyone has access to the arts.

Labor recognises that the arts contribute to the physical health and mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals.

At a broader level, the arts and our creative industries are significant employers, supporting 5000 jobs in Tasmania and contributes $127 million to our economy, as well as being a drawcard for our tourism sector and creating flow-on benefits other areas of the economy.

Creative Kids Vouchers – Creative Kids will provide vouchers of up to $100 to encourage eligible school-aged children to take part in creative and cultural activities.

Participation in creative activities can have a profound effect on a child’s development, however many families can afford to meet the associated costs. 

The Creative Kids voucher will help families meet the cost of participation and tuition in performing arts, visual arts, coding, languages, literature, music and other creative and cultural activities. This provides kids with a great opportunity to find their passion, and also supports investment in our arts and creative industries.

Princess Theatre and Earl Arts upgrade – Labor will invest $2.5 million in upgrades at the iconic Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre in Launceston to improve accessibility and safety and enhance the venues flexibility.

Reimagined Events Fund – Labor’s Reimagined Events Fund will support events and festivals to adapt to the changed and challenging environment brought about by the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This might mean operating events across multiple smaller sites, running smaller, more premium events, or adapting the operation of festivals to ensure social distancing requirements can be adhered to. The fund will provide $5 million through a competitive process.

Backing our Events – Continued uncertainty has led to many events being cancelled or scaled back. Labor will give confidence to our events sector, from the Symphony Under the Stars to Festivale and Agfest by offering to underwrite insurance costs of up to $10,000 so these important events can proceed. Each year, tens of thousands of people attend these events, which inject millions into our economy. With the confidence of the underwriting scheme, event organisers can plan with confidence.

Small Grants – Labor will invest $200,000 in a small grants program to support gig artists. The program will provide small grants of up to $2000 will include equipment hire or upgrades, lessons, workshops, and studio hire.

Enhancing the Screen Innovation Fund – An additional $3 million to Screen Tasmania’s Screen Innovation Fund to further promote Tasmania as a destination of choice for film and production.

Live Performance Reactivation Program – Invest an extra $1 million for the Live Performance Reactivation Program to deliver new large-scale professional live performance productions. This will help artists and theatre venues to get back up and running.

Arts Recovery Fund – Provide $500,000 in extra support to arts organisations to help its ongoing recovery from the pandemic.


Labor knows how important the racing industry is to Tasmania’s economy, and in particular to the economies of many of our regional communities.

Labor also knows how unfairly the industry has been treated over the past year, and how the 5,000 Tasmanians who participate in the industry have been taken for granted.

Labor will always back our racing industry.

Review of TasRacing and the Office of Racing Integrity – Labor will conduct an external independent review into the governance, roles and operations of both TasRacing and the Office of Racing Integrity. 

We will consult and communicate with race clubs and associations to determine terms of reference for the review and ensure a person with the relevant skills and knowledge is appointed to conduct it.

The purpose of the inquiry is to identify the appropriate governance model for the Tasmanian racing industry that would achieve the objective of promoting the interests of horse and greyhound racing in Tasmania through a partnership with the Government by adopting policies that supports industry self-determination with the goal of creating and sustaining a vibrant and financially sound racing industry for the long-term.

We are confident that with a proper and thorough review of the current spending by TasRacing, that a significant amount of money can be diverted from expenditure on administration and other budget lines to further increase stakes money. This will play a critical role in increasing employment growth, participant expenditure and community confidence within this sector.

A better deal from the Point of Consumption Tax – We believe industry funding should be designed in a way that will increase participation and ownership.

Labor will cap State Government revenues from the Point of Consumption Tax at $7 million per year, and will provide 100% of revenues above this back to the industry.

Labor anticipates this will result in revenues to the industry of approximately $8 million per year.

We will provide transparency about the amount earned from this new income so that proper and fair discussion can take place about future growth in funding stakes money from the tax.

Labor will ensure stakes increase by 20% over the next four years.

By giving the industry a better deal from the Point of Consumption Tax and reinvesting savings found in TasRacing, Labor will deliver a 20% increase in stakes money over the next four years, with 5% delivered each year.

This will support strong growth across all our racing codes into the future.

Labor will back our breeders – The breeding industry is a major part of the industry and produces significant economic benefits for Tasmania.

Breeders spend over $10 million per year producing foals, and the Tasmanian Magic Millions sale injects $3.5 million into the Tasmanian economy.

Labor will invest an additional $1.6 million into the TasBred scheme over the next four years.

Labor will work with the industry to secure the scheme into the future, and we will work towards our shared goal of including a TasBred bonus on every maiden race in Tasmania by 2026.

Labor will work closely with the Harness Breeding Industry to grow the current Tasbred scheme to a similar level of the Thoroughbred Tasbred scheme.

And we will work to increase the scale of the horse breeding industry – both thoroughbred and harness racing – by treating the breeding of all segments as an agricultural pursuit. This will encourage new investment both from within and outside Tasmania.

Labor will actually deliver real training courses for the racing industry – The Liberals say they’ll reintroduce training courses for the racing industry, after their shameful neglect of TAFE saw these courses cut.

But they can’t deliver their promise, because their plan is to turn TAFE into a Government Business Enterprise.

Just like when Peter Gutwein said he couldn’t interfere with Hydro to save 50 workers from being sacked, he will have no power to tell his privatised TAFE what courses to offer.

In contrast, Labor will rebuild TAFE from the ground up after years of Liberal neglect. We will establish a $4.6 million Regional Delivery Fund to provide more training in regional areas. We will make TAFE free in areas of skill shortages and we will always keep TAFE in public hands.

Labor is the only party that can genuinely deliver a reintroduction of racing industry training courses that support Apprenticeships, traisneehsips and careers across the industry.

Ensure Tasmania has the highest animal welfare standards – It is extremely important to fund an appropriate level of animal welfare in all three racing codes.

We will continue the Off the Track programs for horses and conduct a review of the current operating model of the Greyhound Adoption Program so retired racing animals find suitable whole of life homes.

Support racing clubs and invest in racing infrastructure – Racing provides a high level of public entertainment and we will support clubs in creating an atmosphere at their events that is customer focused and will attract not only local, but also inter-state and overseas racing enthusiasts and we will directly assist race clubs to return to financial viability.

We support the replacement of pacing and greyhound tracks in the North West of the State, because of the future closure of the Devonport Agricultural and Pastoral Society facility.  We do not believe a tri-code facility should be built at Spreyton. Planning and building a new complex for pacing and greyhounds will be closely monitored to ensure the industry gets a purpose built facility that suits their needs but is also cost effective.

We will also invest $3 million in the Devonport Racing Club, Longford Racecourse and Brighton Training Centre.


Labor believes all Tasmanians deserve to participate in sport and enjoy the benefits it brings.

Community sport is critical to delivering healthy, acting and better-connected communities. That is why a majority Labor Government will invest in sporting clubs and programs right across Tasmania.

$10 million for women’s sporting facilities – Tasmanian women deserve to have access to the same quality sporting facilities as men, which is why a majority Labor Government will match the Liberals’ commitment and invest $10 million to improve women’s sporting facilities state-wide as part of the Improving the Playing Field grants.  

$1 million for a Super Netball team – Netball is an incredibly popular sport in our state and both players and supporters are right in feeling that they have been left out of the discussion when it comes to participation in national leagues. Tasmania deserves a team in the Suncorp Super Netball league and a majority Labor Government will provide $1 million per annum for a Tasmanian Super Netball team.   

$1 million for a Tasmanian WNBL side – Tasmanian women deserve the same opportunity for a pathway to elite basketball as men. This is why a majority Labor Government will provide $1 million in funding for a Tasmanian WNBL side over three years. Labor will also honour existing funding arrangements and commitments, so Tasmanians can rest easy knowing that with a majority Labor Government basketball will receive the same funding as what is currently being delivered.

$500,000 for RecLink – Labor believes that all Tasmanians deserve to participate in sport, regardless of their background. That is why a majority Labor Government will deliver $500,000 over three years to RecLink to help them continue their work supporting at risk and disadvantaged Tasmanians to enjoy sporting activities.

$400,000 for Safer Clubs – People deserve to be and feel safe at sporting clubs. That’s why a majority Labor Government will provide $200,000 a year over two years to fund a ‘Safer Clubs’ campaign, which will help make community clubs safer for women participants and volunteers.

Significant upgrades for sporting facilities across the state –  Sporting clubs and facilities are at the heart of communities across Tasmania, and are vital to delivering healthy, active and better-connected communities. That is why a majority Labor Government will invest in clubs and sporting facilities across the state, recognising the role that these clubs play in local communities. A majority Labor Government will invest:

  • $2 million in a partnership with the Kingborough Council and Cricket Tasmania to upgrade the Kingborough Sporting Precinct.
  • $2 million for women’s changerooms at the Latrobe Football Club.
  • $1 million for hockey pitch replacements at Tasmania’s two major hockey centres, the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in Newtown and the Northern Hockey Centre in St Leonards.
  • $1.5 million to upgrade the Burnie Basketball Centre.
  • $975,000 for Stage One of the New Torn Sports Precinct Masterplan Redevelopment.
  • $250,000 to provide Netball Tasmania with a clear facility needs analysis assessment.
  • $70,000 for the Wivenhoe changerooms and clubrooms.