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.

What’s the issue?

Too many Tasmanians are in some form of insecure work.

Too many Tasmanians are also underemployed.

According to the ABS, around 22,000 Tasmanians want more hours from their employer.

Our participation rate remains unacceptably low, which means many people have simply given up looking for work.

Who’s Labor talking to?

Labor has engaged closely with unions who work tirelessly to represent the interests of working people. We also enjoy a good relationship with employer groups. We will continue to develop policies that support the creation of safe, secure, well paid jobs in the lead up to the next election.

Workplace Relations

Tackling insecure work requires a joint strategy between State and Federal Governments to plan for the future of work, support full time, permanent job creation and crack down on the deliberate underpayment of worker’s wages and superannuation.

  • 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.
  • Labor’s guarantee to retain public assets will keep jobs in Tasmania while growing employment opportunities through better procurement practices and investment in major infrastructure projects.
  • Labor will conduct an Inquiry into Labour Hire Practices, Trade Licencing and Wage Theft in the Tasmania.
  • Labor will introduce presumptive Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder legislation for frontline first responders.
  • Labor will conduct detailed consultation with industry and unions to inform the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws.
  • Labor is committed to the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme for community services, aged and disability care, contract cleaning and contract security.

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.

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