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Labor’s free TAFE plan will help fill crucial jobs in aged care and disability services across Tasmania

  • Up to 5,000 aged care and disability workers needed to meet shortfall in Tasmanian workforce
  • Labor’s $40 million free TAFE plan will help address acute skills shortage
  • Gutwein Government ignoring urgent community need for workers in sector

A future Labor Government’s free TAFE plan will help plug serious gaps in important community care sectors, including aged care and disability services where trained staff are desperately needed.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said while the National Disability Scheme estimated Tasmania had a shortfall of 5,000 trained staff in disability and aged care, the Gutwein Government was doing nothing to address the shortage of skilled workers now and into the future.

“Disability and aged care support services are crying out for more trained workers to help fill the gaps but the single biggest obstacle is finding potential employees with the right skills,” Ms White said.

“The government doesn’t have a plan to address the skills shortage or create jobs in these important sectors. 

“Labor’s free TAFE plan will help fill gaps in key areas where we know there are chronic skill shortages including aged care and disability services, as well as building and construction, tourism, hospitality and agriculture.

“It’s not only important for those sectors but for Tasmanians who want to get a foot in the door to the right job.”

Labor’s free TAFE policy, fully costed at $40 million for the first four years, will support 20,000 Tasmanians to get the skills to get a job and will also reduce costs for the aged care and disability sectors and for businesses looking to upskill existing staff or take on trainees or apprentices.

“Our fully-costed Jobs Plan will deliver jobs for 35,000 Tasmanians, improve our health and care systems and ensure our children get the skills they need for the future.”

Rebecca White MP  
Labor Leader