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Labor support for Tasmanian veterans

  • Labor understands veterans need support transitioning to civilian life
  • Labor will help RSL Tas set up a Health and Wellbeing Centre in Huonville
  • Labor will provide support for veterans to find jobs, new opportunities

A Majority Labor Government will support Tasmania’s veterans and ex-service community as they transition to civilian life.

Shadow Veteran Affairs Minister Jo Siejka said opening up opportunities for training and employment and providing physical and mental health support are priorities for Labor.

“The contributions of our ex-service community and veterans are without question,” Ms Siejka said.

“But we know there is a high rate of unemployment among veterans, with a need for better support and opportunities.

“That’s why a Labor Government will commit to developing an online support and information resource that veterans can access to help identify their career and employment options, and their transferable skills.

“This connects to Labor’s Jobs Plan and our identified Jobs Hubs, Free TAFE policy and Apprenticeships for Over 35s commitments.”

Labor will also collect data on the number of veteran applicants for Tasmanian public sector jobs, with the aim of having 100 veterans employed in public sector positions as they become available.

“Importantly, we also know that our veterans need support with mental and physical health, and advocacy in meeting their needs.

“That’s why a Labor government will resource RSL Tas with a building to establish a Health and Wellbeing Centre for Veterans in Huonville.

“Labor values the contribution made by our ex-service community and veterans and we are working to support them.”

Jo Siejka MLC 
Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs