Jobs for Tasmanians

Labor supports ongoing, rewarding, safe and secure jobs.

Insecure work makes it harder for Tasmanian families to meet rising costs of living. Without job security, people worry about paying bills, buying food and have little chance of not just buying, but also renting, a home.

Labor is committed to addressing casualisation and outsourcing of work.

We would also provide incentives for apprentices and trainees while investing in education and skills that will prepare us for the future of work.

Labor will protect TAFE from the Liberals privatisation agenda.

Workplace Relations

Labor supports ongoing, rewarding, safe and secure jobs.

Insecure work makes it harder for Tasmanian families to meet rising costs of living. Without job security, people worry about paying bills, buying food and have little chance of not just buying, but also renting, a home.

Tasmanian Labor is committed to bringing jobs back into direct employment, rather than relying on contract work and labour hire in the public service, to ensure that people working in these critical roles, such as security in our courts and hospitals, can be employees of the State.

Too many Tasmanians are underemployed.  While employment data on the surface give the impression of improvements, the method of reporting means that workers with as little as one hour of employment in the reference week are defined as employed. According to the ABS, around 25,000 Tasmanians want more hours from their employer.

Exploitation of workers continues to occur in Tasmania, particularly amongst vulnerable groups of workers such as students, young people and migrants and women, involving wage theft, racism and illegal and unsafe working conditions.

Tasmanian Labor has a clear position on privatisation of public assets, institutions and services.  Wherever possible, services should be provided by the State, for the state, and our assets and institutions should remain in State ownership.

Too many Tasmanians are in some form of insecure work.

Too many Tasmanians are underemployed.

Too many Tasmanians are exploited at work.

Tasmanian Labor believes in the importance of permanent, meaningful employment and is committed to taking action to ensure that, wherever possible, all employment directly or indirectly related to the Tasmanian Public Service upholds these principles.

Labor is committed to working with unions, employer representative groups and all levels of government to plan for the future of work, support full time, permanent job creation and crack down on wage theft.

Labour Hire Licensing – Labor will develop a Labour Hire Licensing Scheme to regulate labour hire as a form of employment and ensure that labour hire companies are held to the same standard as all employers in regard to wages and employment conditions. Those that fail in their obligation to their employees will be held to account.

Labour Hire companies will be required to:

  • Apply for a license
  • Meet a suitable person test
  • Demonstrate a history of compliance with industry standards and workplace laws
  • Go on a publicly available register so people can be confident the labour hire firm they are dealing with is legitimate.

Work Health and Safety Legislation – Labor will conduct a review of the Workplace Safety and Workers Compensation legislation in Tasmania with a view to ensuring it is contemporary and relevant (Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 1988). 

Labor is also committed to implementing the recommendations of the Review of the Model WHS Laws conducted by Marie Boland in 2018 and will legislate changes as required to achieve this aim.

Every worker has a right to go to work and return home safely. Tragically, however, loss of life remains an unacceptable feature of workplaces in Tasmania, that is why Labor will develop and introduce Industrial Manslaughter laws.

Portable Long Service Leave – A majority Labor Government will introduce a Portable Long Service Leave scheme for community services, aged and disability care, cleaning and security and other contracting sectors. 

Expanding WorkSafe Capability – Labor will employ 4 additional WorkSafe Inspectors to ensure that WorkSafe Tasmania is better resourced to undertake its core function of workplace safety inspections and enforcement, and will undertake a review of workload distribution to ensure appropriate coverage across the state and across specialist industries.

Young and Migrant Worker’s Centre – Labor will fund a Workers Centre, to engage with young workers and migrant workers, providing education and information on workplace safety, workplace rights including wages and conditions, and industrial instruments and legislation operating in Tasmania.  The Workers Centre will ensure that young workers and migrant workers are informed and educated about their rights and obligations at work.

Worker Memorial Park – Labor will commit $290,000 to fund the completion of the Workers Memorial Park in Launceston at the Elizabeth Gardens, Invermay.  The Park was opened in 2011 following years of work by Guy and Karen Hudson, among others, whose son Matthew was killed at work in 2004.  The Workers Memorial Park will give Tasmanian families a meaningful place to remember their loved ones who didn’t make it home safe from work, as well as provide an opportunity for education and increased awareness of the importance of safety at work.

Gender Equality in the Workplace – While the Prime Minister has committed to most of the recommendations from the Respect at Work review, there are a number of areas that have not been addressed.

Labor will advocate for full implementation of all recommendations and will commit $400,000 to establish a Working Women’s Centre in Tasmania to provide information, advocacy and advice to workers and education and training to employers, prioritising issues related to gender inequality in Tasmanian workplaces.

Labor will develop and introduce a Gender Equality Bill to parliament, to promote and facilitate further gender equality measures and requirements across the Tasmanian public sector.  This will include the establishment of an independent role, such as a Gender Equality Commissioner, to maintain oversight, education and training, and enforcement of gender equality measures in the public sector.

Support Good, Secure Jobs in the Public Service – Labor will establish an Insecure Work Taskforce, including representatives from unions and the public sector, to examine the issue of insecure work in the Tasmanian Public Service, prioritising opportunities to bring work back into the public sector and out of labour hire, temporary contracts and casual employment.

Labor’s guarantee to retain public assets, institutions and services will keep jobs in Tasmania while growing employment opportunities through better procurement practices and investment in major infrastructure projects. Tasmanian Labor has a clear position opposing Peter Gutwein’s misleading plan to privatise TAFE, and committing to legislate to prevent the sale of energy assets without the approval of both houses of Parliament.

Supporting Penalty Rates – Labor supports penalty rates and will work with Federal Labor to ensure that the devastating penalty rate cuts of 2017 for workers in hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food are reversed.

Economic Development and Jobs

Labor has established eight Industry Advisory Councils (IACs) representing key sectors of the Tasmanian economy.

  • Employment, Regional Development and Trade
  • Minerals, Energy and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Innovation and Information and Communication Technologies
  • Primary Industries and Forestry
  • Science, Research and the Antarctic
  • Tourism, Hospitality, Arts, Festivals, Heritage
  • Building, Construction, Transport & Infrastructure
  • Wellbeing, Care and Community Development

Labor will work constructively from opposition, empowering each IAC with direct input into the development of policy that supports economic activity and jobs growth.

We are committed to working with industry and other key stakeholders to develop policies that will make a real difference when implemented in government.

Common priorities already emerging from the IACs include:

  • Supporting small businesses
  • Improving employment opportunities in regional Tasmania
  • Strategic investment in infrastructure
  • Improving the design and delivery of skills and training

Working for Tasmanians to Save TAFE and Create More Apprenticeships

No privatisation

Labor will stop Peter Gutwein’s radical plan to privatise TAFE. Education is our future, and under Labor it will never be for sale.

Labor will make TAFE free

Labor will invest $40 million to provide free TAFE courses in areas of known skill shortages.

This includes construction trades, tourism and hospitality, nursing, and aged and disability care.

This means more jobs for Tasmanians, and more skilled staff for key Tasmanian industries.

Peter Gutwein’s radical privatisation agenda will see student fees increase by 600%.

Labor will rebuild TAFE from the ground up

Labor will invest $17.9 million to rebuild TAFE after 7 years of Liberal cuts.

We will:

  1. Employ 80 new TAFE teachers
  2. Provide 80 paid scholarships to attract teachers from industry
  3. Provide incentives for current teachers to spend time updating their skills
  4. Promote the value of trades and TAFE to students, parents and the public
  5. Establish a TAFE Rescue Taskforce to urgently fix the Liberal damage

Instead of selling TAFE, Labor will rebuild it.

Labor will deliver more training in regional Tasmania

People in regional areas pay the same rates and taxes as people in the cities, and they have every right to expect the same services will be available to them.

Labor will invest $4.6 million in a Regional Delivery Fund, to ensure no student misses out just because of where they live.

Under the Liberals’ radical privatisation agenda, regional campuses will be closed and courses will be cut.

Labor will rebuild TAFE infrastructure

Labor will invest $29 million across the Alanvale, Burnie, Devonport and Clarence campuses to ensure all students have access to high-quality training facilities.

Labor will create 500 apprenticeships for older workers

Apprenticeships give people a chance to build a new career, and give them an income while they learn new skills in a workplace.

But employers can be reluctant to take on adult apprentices because it’s more expensive than taking on a junior.

Labor will provide a $30,000 apprenticeship guarantee for older workers seeking a fresh career start as an apprentice, removing the financial disincentive for employers to take on a mature aged apprentice.

The $15 million program will provide 500 apprenticeship guarantees for workers over 35.

Labor will create Apprenticeships Tasmania

A Labor Government will establish Apprenticeships Tasmania.

Apprenticeships Tasmania will:

  • Support Government contractors to ensure 20% of their workers are apprentices
  • Empower Industry Training Boards to monitor, support and enforce mandated quotas
  • Promote apprenticeships as a career path, link employers and people seeking an apprenticeship, and help to coordinate the delivery of timely regional training

A key first project of Apprenticeships Tasmania will be to establish a centralised online portal where people wanting an apprenticeship can register for a job.

The Liberals have had seven years to address skill shortages and youth unemployment, and they’ve failed.

Free TAFE

More jobs for Tasmanians

Labor will provide free TAFE courses across the building and construction, hospitality, aged care and disability services sectors.

This means jobs for Tasmanians and a boost for our businesses.

It means more apprenticeships and more traineeships. It means it will be easier for businesses to hire qualified staff, and cheaper for tradespeople who take on apprentices. It means elderly Tasmanians will get the level of care they need.

Labor will work with the agricultural sector to introduce the Ag Career
Kickstarter. The Ag Career Kickstarter will provide a subsidised training pathway for workers to gain basic skills that will set them up for a career in agriculture.

Under the Liberals, TAFE is broken and we have lost 2000 apprenticeships.  Labor will stand up for Tasmanian jobs and it is only Labor who stands up for TAFE.

At the same time, building, construction and hospitality businesses simply cannot find the qualified staff they need. They are flying in tradespeople and chefs from the mainland to fill the gap.

With Australia’s oldest population, and highest rate of disability, aged care and disability services face similar problems.

Labor has formed Industry Advisory Councils to hear from businesses, unions and workers in our key sectors about what they need for the future. This policy is one result of this process. Only Labor has a dynamic plan to train people in the industries our economy needs.

Labor will also mandate and enforce that least 20% of labour on government building and construction contracts must be undertaken by apprentices and trainees. This policy will also apply to the civil construction industry. Tasmanians looking for work should get the first chance at an apprenticeship or traineeship.

How many students will benefit?

The policy is expected to provide 5,000 students each year with the qualifications they need to find jobs in our fastest growing industries.

How much will the policy cost?

The policy will cost $40 million over four years. The program will then be evaluated in consultation with industry to determine which courses will be prioritised into the future.

Who will be eligible?

Australian citizens who live in Tasmania. Whether you’re looking for a job, an apprenticeship, or a career change, you will be able to access free training in the building and construction, hospitality, aged care and
disability services sectors.

Support for Small Business

Helping with the cost of Trade Waste

Tasmanian small businesses are the engine room of our economy and employ tens of thousands of people. Many larger businesses are the primary employer and economic driver in local communities.

At the same time, community groups and clubs provide invaluable social and sporting opportunities, making our regions and suburbs stronger, healthier and more connected.

Many of these small businesses and community organisations are facing up-front costs of up to $30,000 to comply with new trade waste requirements,
such as the compulsory installation of grease traps.

This is simply unaffordable for too many of them.

Small businesses have been forced to close and many more are considering walking away because they cannot afford the upfront costs of new equipment.

Community organisations—most of which are run entirely by volunteers and member contributions—have no idea where they’ll get the money from.

The effect on mum and dad businesses is so serious the Chair of TasWater recently wrote to Labor—not the Government—asking for our help to find an urgent solution.

“It is important to note that the expense of complying with environmental regulations also jeopardises the viability of many smaller commercial operations like local bakeries, cafes or hairdressers who, though small, collectively employ just as many people in Tasmania, especially in our regions.” – Letter from TasWater Chair Dr Stephen Gumley

No doubt he wrote to Labor because it has been two years since the Treasurer promised to fix the issue when the State Government took over TasWater. Two years since he said it was having a ‘devastating impact’ and forcing small businesses to close. Two years and no action.

This is why Labor is announcing a policy to provide a $5 million grants program for businesses to upgrade their trade waste infrastructure.

Only Labor will prevent good businesses and jobs being washed down the drain.

Who will be eligible?

Any registered business in Tasmania, including those connected to community groups and clubs. The grants program will be competitive and funding provided based on greatest need.

How much will the grant provide for each business?

The grants will cover up to half the cost of meeting a business’s trade waste requirements.

Working for Tasmanians To Back Local Shipbuilders

No more empty promises

For nine months, Peter Gutwein and the Liberals strung Incat and its workers along with false promises about building the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels in Tasmania.

This cruel local jobs hoax was a terrible insult to the staff at Incat and their families.

Labor will back Incat

Labor will provide a $100 million interest-free loan to Incat while it finds a buyer for its latest vessel. Just as we did in 2001, Labor will back our local shipbuilders.

Labor’s Second Chance Career Program

As Tasmania’s unemployment rate continues to rise during this recession, older workers are at increased risk. Without intervention, many older people who’ve lost their jobs may never gain meaningful employment again.

Apprenticeships can give people a chance to build a new career, and give them an income while they learn new skills in a workplace. But employers can be reluctant to take on adult apprentices because it’s more expensive than taking on a junior.

Labor will provide a $30,000 apprenticeship guarantee for older workers seeking a fresh career start as an apprentice, removing the financial disincentive for employers to take on a mature aged apprentice.

The $15 million program will provide 500 apprenticeship guarantees for workers aged over 35.

Total cost over four years: $15 million

Labor’s Second Chance Career Program is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Tasmanian Jobs and Innovation Fund

Labor will not just sit back and hope the jobs will return, we will partner with businesses to drive innovation and create jobs.

Labor’s Jobs and Innovation Fund will leverage at least two dollars of private investment for every public dollar spent. Experience with similar programs has demonstrated a return of close to $5 of private investment for every public dollar.

The fund will drive innovation in new industries as well as allow traditional industries like forestry, mining, aquaculture, manufacturing and agriculture to continue to grow.

It will enable planned investments to be brought forward, prevent investment being delayed due to current economic conditions, and stimulate innovation and new investment.

Funding will be allocated through competitive grant rounds, and priority will be given to investments that will result in business growth and job creation. It is expected to stimulate at least $220 million of business investment and create 1600 jobs.

Total cost over four years: $55 million

Tasmanian Jobs and Innovation Fund is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Labor’s Plan for Small Business

There is no economic recovery without a small business recovery. 

Labor’s plan will help business operators upskill, provide access to legal support, assist with the cost of red tape compliance, and create vibrant business precincts in regional centres where small businesses can flourish.

Training

Labor will help small business operators upskill in areas such as accounting, business planning, social media and online marketing, and human resources.

Extra support for training will enhance programs offered through Business Enterprise Centres and through face-to-face training in regional areas. 

Legal Support for Small Business

Big business decisions often need expert advice. Labor will fund free legal advice for small business owners and sole traders on a range of common issues, to support growth and ensure resilience. This will support businesses through periods of change, enable innovation and foster job creation. 

Revitalising Main Streets

Reinvigorating town centres in regional areas will attract people to shop and spend, resulting in increased confidence for small business and jobs growth. Labor will match investment in maintenance or upgrade projects that improve the appearance or amenity of shopping, dining and retail precincts. This fund will bring forward investment that may have been delayed due to the uncertain operating environment, and will be open to local government as well as private businesses or property owners.

Cutting the Cost of Doing Business

Labor will help reduce the cost of red tape compliance for small and medium businesses.

We will establish a competitive grant fund to help businesses pay for compliance costs such as trade waste, the provision of disability access under the Disability Discrimination Act and other requirements under the Building Code. The grants will cover up to half of the cost of the required upgrades and will support a diverse range of businesses.

Total cost of Labor Plan for Small Business over four years: $18 million

Labor’s Plan for Small Business is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Extension of Outside School Hours Care

To help parents and families to return to the workforce, increase their hours and/or enrol in training, Labor will increase the availability of before and after school care in government schools in Tasmania.  

Labor will extend Outside Schools Hours Care to ten additional schools in partnership with the local community to make sure services are designed to support children and meet the needs of families.

Funding of $75,000 will be made available to support administration, facility upgrades and equipment at each of the ten locations.

The Extension of Outside School Hours Care is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Creating a Level Playing Field for Women

Industries that primarily employ women have been hard hit by the pandemic. That means women will be disadvantaged as we recover from the COVID-19 recession. 

Labor will invest $250,000 to establish a Treasury-led taskforce to examine the gender barriers in the economy that continue to disadvantage women. 

The taskforce will include representatives of government, industry, unions and the community sector, and will provide advice on what structural reforms are needed. 

Creating a Level Playing Field for Women is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Tasmania First, Buy Local

Every dollar spent by government should be delivering benefits to Tasmanians. That’s why Labor will implement a genuine Tasmania First, Buy Local policy. The Liberal Government doesn’t make a distinction between a Tasmanian owned and operated business and a huge global corporation that’s set up an office in Hobart. 

Under the Liberal’s policy companies like IBM are classified as a Tasmanian.

Labor will fix that, so that more money from government contracts stays in Tasmania. The Buy Local policy will apply to all government businesses, not just departments, to deliver the greatest possible benefit to Tasmanian businesses and Tasmanian workers. 

Tasmania First, Buy Local is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Apprentices on Every Government Project

Young Tasmanians, and workers who are reskilling, need support to get a foot in the door to a good job. Labor’s policy will make sure that at least 20 per cent of workers on government funded projects are apprentices. The requirement will include construction projects, and also large maintenance and civil works projects. The policy will extend to all government departments and businesses, and will be monitored to make sure the target is met.

Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Spending to Support Disability Enterprises

Labor will support all Tasmanians to find a good job by requiring government agencies to spend 2 per cent of their supplies and consumables budgets with Australian Disability Enterprises. 

This will inject $26 million to those businesses and support the creation of 300 jobs across a wide range of industries. 

Labor’s Plan for Jobs is our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Strategic Spending

The State Government has huge buying power and the ability to help build new markets for growth industries such as recycling and IT.

Labor will work with industry to identify where adopting new approaches to government procurement could benefit local industries and incentivise innovation.

For example, innovative road manufacturers can recycle materials such as tyres, plastic bags, plastic packaging, printer cartridges and glass in their asphalt mixes. Using procurement policies to support the growth of industries like these will benefit our environment and help create good new jobs.

Strategic Spending is part of Labor’s Plan for Jobs our fully costed plan that will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians.

Working for Tasmania's Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Tasmania’s manufacturing sector employs nearly 20,000 people in well-paying, highly skilled jobs.

Manufacturing accounts for around 5 per cent of Gross State Product, and is the largest contributor to interstate and international exports. Activity is spread evenly across the State, with around 40% in Hobart and the south, 35% in Launceston and the north, and 25% in the north-west.

While the manufacturing sector and its employees have experienced more than their fair share of uncertainty and disruption over the past two decades, Labor is absolutely committed to ensuring manufacturing has a bright future in Tasmania.

We will support businesses to adopt the latest technologies and expand into new markets.

We will support workers to obtain the skills and training they need.

We will support industry collaboration and we will work with students, parents and the general public to promote the benefits of a career in manufacturing.

Under Labor, the future of Tasmania’s manufacturing sector will be secure.

Labor will deliver a $55 million Jobs and Innovation Fund to help manufacturing businesses grow and thrive

Manufacturing is a highly competitive industry.

The success of Tasmanian manufacturing depends on the ability of our businesses to compete effectively with other businesses all over the world, and to deliver products no other place can.

That’s why Labor will deliver a record $55 million Jobs and Innovation fund, which will support businesses to invest in the new technologies and equipment they need to continually improve and create new jobs.

It is expected the fund will result in more than $220 million of new business investment, and will help to create around 1,600 new jobs.

Tasmania’s manufacturers are among the best in the world at what they do – because they have to be.

Labor’s Jobs and Innovation Fund will help them to stay ahead of the game.

Labor will train the manufacturing workers the industry needs

Labor understands the difficulties skills shortages create for manufacturing businesses, and we want to ensure that anyone who wants to pursue a career in manufacturing is able to obtain the training they need.
That’s why Labor has developed the most comprehensive skills and training package ever taken to a Tasmanian election.
Labor will invest $22.5 million in rebuilding TAFE.
We will:

  • Hire 80 additional teachers with industry experience
  • Offer 80 six month paid scholarships for people to become qualified to teach in their area of expertise
  • Create a Regional Delivery Fund to ensure Tasmanians can access training no matter where they live
  • Ensure training is relevant to industry needs

Labor understands the challenges faced by older Tasmanians who are trying to re-enter the workforce, as well as the benefits older apprentices can bring to a business. We are committed to removing the financial disincentives to hiring older apprentices.

That’s why Labor will invest $15 million to create 500 apprenticeships for people aged over 35.

Labor also understands that businesses need timely access to training, so employees can move into new roles. At the same time, the cost of training can be too high for many people who are looking for work.

That’s why Labor will invest $40 million to make TAFE free in areas of known skill shortages.

Labor’s policy makes clear why the Liberals’ radical privatisation agenda for TAFE is so dangerous.

Instead of cutting courses, we should be offering more training in areas identified by industry.

Instead of closing regional campuses, we should be delivering more training right across Tasmania.

And instead of jacking up fees for students and businesses, we should be making TAFE free.

Only Labor is committed to a strong public provider for skills and training.

Labor will build the capacity of the manufacturing sector

Labor will work to build the capacity of the manufacturing sector.

We will:

  • Fund insight tours to assist with collaboration and knowledge-sharing between manufacturing businesses
  • Extend funding for a Workforce Development Project Manager
  • Implement a comprehensive program of career education in schools, to promote the personal and societal benefits of a career in the manufacturing sector to students, teachers and parents
  • Enhance the diversity of the manufacturing workforce
  • Establish a Manufacturing Industry Advisory Council to advise Government on industry priorities. The Council will includes representatives from the AMWU, TMEC and interested businesses
  • Support the growth of Tasmania’s defence industry capability, including by supporting the defence contract bids of Tasmanian firms
  • Conduct a Manufacturing Capability Assessment to determine which items and goods could be manufactured locally rather than imported

Working for Tasmanians to Grow Trade and Investment

Tasmania’s export sector is an important part of our State’s economy.

We now export more than $5 billion of goods and services, including minerals, manufactured products, education services and tourism.

Tasmania has a reputation for quality and a strong brand that opens doors and gives access to markets right across the world.

Labor will build on this success and support Tasmanian businesses to enter new domestic and international markets.

This will grow our economy and create jobs.

 

Labor will diversify our export markets

More than 40 per cent of Tasmania’s exports go to China. Tasmania’s economy has benefitted from Chinese growth, but there are clear risks associated with becoming too dependent on any single trading partner.

Labor will work constructively and support the maintenance of relationships in existing markets, but we’ll also grow new opportunities for Tasmanian businesses to enter new markets to diversify our trade relations.

 

Labor will establish a $55 million Jobs and Innovation Fund

Global trade is, by its nature, a highly competitive arena.

The success of Tasmanian exporters depends on the ability of our businesses to compete effectively with other businesses all over the world, and to deliver products no other place can.

That’s why Labor will deliver a record $55 million Jobs and Innovation fund, which will support businesses to invest in the new technologies and equipment they need to continually improve and create new jobs.

It is expected the fund will result in more than $220 million of new business investment, and will help to create around 1,600 new jobs.

Tasmania’s exporters are among the best in the world at what they do – because they have to be.

Labor’s Jobs and Innovation Fund will help them to stay ahead of the game.

 

Labor will ensure Tasmania is a competitive place to do business

When it comes to small and medium-sized business, the role of the Tasmanian Government is to ensure Tasmania is an easy and competitive place to run a business.

Sometimes this means knowing when to get out of the way, which is why last November Labor announced our Cutting the Cost of Doing Business policy. The policy will reduce the cost of red tape compliance for small and medium businesses.

But getting out of the way isn’t enough. The Tasmanian Government also needs to ensure businesses have the support they need to thrive. That’s why Labor will:

  • Provide subsidised training for small business owners in areas like accounting, business planning, social media, online marketing and human resources
  • Rebuild TAFE from the ground up, provide more training in regional areas, and make TAFE free in areas of identified skill shortages
  • Establish a Small Business Legal Service where owners and managers can turn for free advice about things such as expanding their business and hiring employees for the first time, entering into contracts with larger businesses, and available dispute resolution processes
  • Back in our tourism, hospitality and events operators with a record package of support

 

Labor will support our local producers

In recent years our primary producers have endured outbreaks of fruit fly, blueberry rust and their Government allowing a vast quantity of potentially disease-ridden potatoes to be dumped in Tasmania.

Labor will fix the mess the Liberals have made of Tasmania’s biosecurity to ensure the integrity of Tasmanian produce and our access to export markets by employing an additional 25 biosecurity officers.

Labor will also establish clear place of origin labelling so our producers can capitalise on our strong brand, and our robust Buy Local policy will give our local businesses a better chance of winning Government contracts.

 

Labor will make the most of our renewable energy advantage to bring jobs to Tasmania

Labor will task the Coordinator General with identifying top listed ASX companies that have committed to reduce their carbon footprints to see whether any will transfer their headquarters or other parts of their operation to Tasmania to take advantage of Tasmania’s renewable energy generation.

Moving to Tasmania will assist these ASX listed companies with their Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) reporting and obligations to the Clean Energy Regulator.

Tasmania provides benefits for listed companies who have to report by helping to reduce their risk profile in their ESG, making them more attractive to investors who want to make ethical investments in climate friendly companies.

Companies who are looking to reduce their CO2 emissions will view Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage as an attractive way for them to offset some of their outputs.

 

Labor will work for better freight and logistics solutions

Labor will work with Tasmanian SMEs to find an effective way to bundle consignments to reduce costs of getting products to market.

We will also do everything we can to ensure the Federal Government continues to provide support through the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.

 

Labor will continue our strong record of trade advocacy

In addition to the USA, Labor will continue the roll-out of ambassadors in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Indonesia, and when it is possible again, Labor will continue to take Tasmania to the world through an extensive program of trade missions.

Labor will also maintain our engagement with the defence industry, by maintaining a Tasmanian Defence Advocate and by backing in Tasmanian bids for defence contracts.

 

Labor will upgrade our northern ports

As an island state, Tasmania’s ‘Sea Highway’ is the most important highway we have.

It supports our major export businesses in mining, forestry and agriculture, and brings high-value drive tourists to Tasmania.

Lack of investment in ports and other key infrastructure is constraining export businesses and putting a handbrake on growth.

Labor’s Sea Highway Plan will increase port capacity to allow for growth in key Tasmanian industries and drive down costs for exporters.

Working for Tasmanians for a Stronger IT Sector

At a time when keeping pace with technological advances is more important than ever, the Liberals have failed to invest in internet, telecommunications and IT.

As a result, many of our regional communities are still plagued by mobile and internet blackspots.

Our Government services are inefficient and wasting public money.

And Tasmania is missing out on the jobs on offer in a growing IT sector.

Labor’s policy will improve mobile and internet coverage, increase the efficiency of public services and help our IT sector to expand and create jobs.

 

Improving our health system by investing in IT upgrades

The peak body for our IT sector has decried the lack of investment in the health sector by the Liberals.

They said ‘antiquated paper-based processes’ are ‘choking delivery of essential services’.

The Liberals are running our hospitals on an information system that is literally held together by paperclips and post-it notes.

This chronic underinvestment is wasting money, increasing bed block and ramping, holding back the delivery of services like telehealth, and ultimately harming patients.

Labor will immediately invest $5 million to ensure patients can book appointments with specialists online, GPs will be able to make electronic referrals to their patients’ local hospitals, and GPs will have electronic access to information about their patients’ treatment in the public health and hospital service.

We will then work with our clinicians, hospital leadership, GPs and nurses to prioritise and fund subsequent rounds of IT upgrades.

 

Labor’s Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Fund

Labor will establish a $5 million Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Fund to improve mobile and internet reception across the State.

The fund will leverage contributions from the Federal Government, local government and industry to build towers and invest in technological solutions to improve connectivity.

Supporting the ICT sector to grow

A Labor Government will provide funding of $250,000 per year for three years to the industry’s peak body TasICT.

This funding will enable them to:

  • Work with the State Government and the local ICT sector to drive better planning, engagement and deliver better value for State Government ICT investments
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a strategic vision to increase digital literacy
  • Support the growth of the ICT sector
  • Advise on industry training needs

 

Supporting start-ups

Labor will fund Start Up Tas, $250,000 per year for three years, to provide strategic advice to enable:

  • Entrepreneurialism and intrepreneurialism across all forms of business, industry and the public sector
  • Strengthen community awareness and appreciation of entrepreneurship and business by showcasing and championing businesses, entrepreneurial talent and their impact
  • Recommend measures to grow Tasmania’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and connect it with networks nationally and internationally given the opportunities offered by the scale of global markets
  • Advocate for the uptake of entrepreneurship education through strengthening communication with the school education system and tertiary education institutions

 

Developing a Digital Strategy

While health is our number one priority, we recognise there is room for improvement across all Government services.

That’s why Labor will develop a Digital Strategy that provides a roadmap to increase the number of government services available digitally.

The Tasmanian Government will move to be a Digital Government under Labor, and remove legacy systems that are weighing down the efficiency of government and wasting public money.

Labor will work with agencies to identify government services most in need of upgrades.

Labor will ensure all government entities develop plans to invest in technology to enhance their services.

And Labor will increase digital literacy and engagement by providing best-practice resources to community organisations and by requiring Government agencies to demonstrate planning for inclusion in digital service delivery and reporting annually against digital inclusion metrics.

 

Online Access Centres

Online Access Centre’s are thriving community hubs in our regions, providing digital access, instruction and educational services.

The Centres largely provided digital services and programs to smaller Tasmanian communities and collectively provided publications and newsletters to more than 300,000 Tasmanians annually.

Labor know that these Centre’s are critical in providing a connection for people living in smaller community, both online and IRL.

A majority Labor Government will provide $10,000 to every Online Access Centres for equipment updates to ensure that they can continue to support our regional communities through this critical work.

Find out how Rebecca White & the Labor Team are Working for Tasmanians.