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.

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


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.

Tasmania has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Youth  unemployment is 14.3%, and it is harder for young people to find a job in Tasmania than in any other state. 3800 fewer people have full time jobs than at the last election.

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 with the qualifications they need to find jobs in our fastest growing industries.

How much will the policy cost?

The policy will cost $10 million in its first year. 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.

Find out more about Labor’s Plans to Put People First.