Labor continues to focus on regional development, trade, and jobs

Tasmanian Labor
  • Labor’s fourth Employment, Regional Development and
    Trade IAC a success
  • IAC members actively contribute to informing Labor’s
    policy development
  • Labor has
    united with industry leaders for the fourth Employment, Regional Development
    and Trade Industry Advisory Council held in Launceston this week.

    The Council is made up of a cross section of representatives
    including training organisations, the University of Tasmania, small business,
    industry, local government, and regional economic development bodies.

    Minister for Regional Development and Small Business, Anita Dow, said the
    meeting was again a success and provided an opportunity to look closely at
    demographic changes across Tasmania, changes in key industry sectors, and the
    mismatch between skills and training and current and future employment
    opportunities in Tasmania.

    contribution from IAC members is informing Labor’s policy development and
    providing valuable insights into how to address barriers to employment in
    Tasmania,” Ms Dow said.

    important role of Local Government in the coordination and success of local
    employment programs was discussed at length.

    “The IAC meeting also discussed our changing economy and the
    challenge we face in that economic growth is no longer leading to full time job
    creation in Tasmania.

    “There is a need to address the decline in mid-skill jobs
    and acknowledge the increase in part time and casual jobs and underemployment.
    Our traditional areas of growth are changing and there is a need to take a
    different approach to education and training and more importantly pathways to
    employment particularly across regional Tasmania.

    “Labor is committed to working with educators, industry, local government and the community to identify short, medium and long term policies to support the growth of Tasmania’s employment, regional development and trade sectors. Our free TAFE policy is but one example of this.”

    Anita Dow MP

    Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Small Business

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