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Small business will receive huge boost from Labor for recovery

  • Labor will provide more training for small business operators and staff through free TAFE delivery
  • Labor will establish a free Small Business Legal Service
  • Cutting the cost of doing business and delivering a record plan for tourism and hospitality

A Majority Labor Government will help small business rebound from the COVID pandemic with a comprehensive package designed to get more Tasmanians into jobs and keep industry and the economy thriving.

Shadow Minister for Small Business Anita Dow said a Labor Government will invest $18 million over four years to help improve access to training and legal support and cutting the cost of doing business, in addition to providing more training through TAFE and creating vibrant regional business precincts with a main streets revitalisation package.

“It’s imperative as Tasmania moves forward after the pandemic that small business is given every opportunity and every support from government to rebuild and rebound,” Ms Dow said.

“Small business is the lifeblood of the Tasmanian economy. Huge sacrifices had to be made during the pandemic but now is the time to focus on rebuilding and recovery.

“Creating more Tasmanian jobs – and keeping Tasmanians in jobs – through small business is vital to our economy.

“Labor’s $18 million package will help businesses get the training they need, provide legal support for common business issues and help businesses meet the costs of compliance.

“A main street revitalisation fund will reinvigorate town centres in regional areas – with Perth already earmarked for the fund – and will increase community pride and attract people to shop and spend, resulting in increased confidence for small business and jobs growth.

“Labor is committed to getting small business back on track and getting Tasmanians back to work.”

Anita Dow MP
Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Small Business