Businesses urged to take advantage of jobs boost Wed 12 December 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Local businesses have been encouraged to take full advantage of the Tasmanian Jobs Package during a Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry lunch today. The Premier, Lara Giddings, used the event to reaffirm her Government's commitment to responsible financial management and creating jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians. "The Revised Estimates Report confirms that we are on track to meet all of our fiscal targets, including coming out of net debt by 2013-14 a full year ahead of the original forecast," Ms Giddings said. "We are doing this while also making a modest, targeted investment to boost confidence and create jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians. "In partnership with businesses, the Tasmanian Jobs Package will create over 3300 jobs and stimulate $375 million in private investment. "I would encourage businesses to take advantage of assistance like the payroll tax incentive scheme, which provides a payroll tax exemption for every new job created over the next 18 months. "We have also put an additional $2.5 million into the Tasmanian Government Innovation and Investment fund to provide grants of up to $250,000 to help businesses expand and diversify their operations." During the lunch Ms Giddings spoke about the importance of confidence and not letting doom and gloom become a self-fulfilling prophecy. "Business people know that it doesn't make sense to talk their own business down and that's why you will never hear me talking Tasmania down. "I have a positive agenda for our state which is all about jobs, people and opportunities." Ms Giddings said she was encouraged by the latest business confidence survey which showed confidence in Tasmania is improving while WA, South Australia, Victoria and NSW slide backwards. "Tasmania recorded a solid increase in business conditions, up 7 to +2 points compared to -16 in Queensland, -6 in South Australia and -4 in Victoria. "The survey is further evidence that the Tasmanian economy is beginning to turn the corner," she said.