TasCOSS News

Tasmania’s fastest growing industry sector
Sunday 22 January 2017

The State Government’s Workforce Development Grant funding will assist Tasmania’s community services sector to maintain its high quality and agility according to TasCOSS CEO Kym Goodes.


“More than 10,000 Tasmanians work in the community services sector, accounting for nearly 4% of the State’s total workforce,” Ms Goodes said.[1]


“This grant funding will result in a comprehensive workforce development plan that will help our sector maintain and grow its skills.


“Although community service workers often fly under the radar in our towns and cities, we are everywhere—working to enrich the lives of Tasmanians who need us.


“Across Australia, the health and community services sector is experiencing the fastest growth of any industry; the same is true in Tasmania.


“Importantly today’s funding announcement will assist our sector to continue to develop and create real job opportunities for Tasmanians.”


Ms Goodes said the community services sector was especially attractive to young people.


“Our sector’s compassionate and flexible approach to business—the way our Members generate profits through social enterprises that are fed back into helping every day Tasmanians—provides meaningful work to young Tasmanians with a wide variety of skills and training.”


[1] UNSW State of the Sector Report 2016.