2021/2022 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement: Local People into Local Jobs

The community services industry is the largest employer and the fastest growing industry in Tasmania and at present, the industry requires an additional 4,000 jobs by 2024 just to meet escalating community need.

The industry has a dual role: it supports Tasmanians to participate in their communities and the economy and it contributes to the overall economic wellbeing of the state.

Social assistance jobs are integral to our state’s economy and the need for action to meet demand continues to rise. Community services industry workers make up 4% of the total workforce in northern Tasmania, 3.6% in the north-west and 3.6% in the south. The need for an expanded workforce therefore presents a timely opportunity to help address recent job losses due to COVID-19 and the state’s longer-standing levels of unemployment.

This Budget Priorities Statement is a crucial building block for the industry’s overall sustainability into the next decade. Moreover, the need for an expanded workforce presents a timely opportunity to help address recent job losses due to COVID-19 and the state’s longer-standing levels of unemployment.

Right now, there is a significant opportunity to attract, recruit and train local people to fill the projected job openings. Without investment, the industry cannot expand its workforce to meet escalating demand.

The time is right to:

  • Coordinate a boost in training capacity within the industry,
  • Align training provision with the emerging regulatory environment,
  • Promote the many, varied and meaningful occupations and careers currently available and those emerging,
  • Recruit local people, including young people, into local jobs and training; and
  • Strengthen governance and efficiency.