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Investing in Strategic Growth and creating more Tasmanian jobs

12 November 2020

Sarah Courtney MP

Minister for Strategic Growth

2020-21 Budget: Investing in Strategic Growth and creating more Tasmanian jobs

The Tasmanian Government has a Plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania, with the 2020-21 State Budget focused on bolstering confidence and creating jobs.

This Budget includes support for a range of Strategic Growth initiatives which invest in local communities to support resilience and economic and employment growth, as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding of $1.3 million over two years is provided for the Glenorchy Jobs Hub to assist local business owners to meet their workforce demands and help jobseekers into employment.

The Jobs Hub will provide significant opportunities for Glenorchy residents and businesses and the potential to support positive change in the region through this project is really exciting.

The Budget also includes continued funding for the Sorell Jobs Hub, with $950,000 to extend the project for a further two years, ensuring the successful program can continue to deliver services assisting local jobseekers into employment in South East Tasmania.

We are investing $470,000 over the two years to support the Hamlet Employability Program, which provides practical work experience and job readiness training in hospitality to Tasmanians facing multiple barriers accessing education, training and employment.

A total of $420,000 over two years will go towards Workskills Inc.’s Troublesmiths Employment Program, a unique social enterprise-based work experience, coaching and job placement program focused on assisting Tasmanians aged 15 to 24 into long-term employment.

A further $1.4 million is provided in 2020 21 for Strategic Growth Employment Partnerships, under the COVID-19 provision funding, so we can provide support for locally led solutions to employment challenges and regional disadvantage, while supporting recovery.

This is in addition to the ongoing community led projects underway in George Town in Tasmania’s North.

Strategic Growth projects like these are helping to create pathways to employment for more Tasmanians. This is a Budget for our times, creating the jobs and providing the certainty and confidence our community needs.