Employment

Employment


Our Vision

All Tasmanians are given access to and the opportunity for meaningful and stable work.

We are already beginning to achieve this by:

  • Committing to a true partnership between Government, community and business, and facilitating the conversations and sharing the decision making on innovative solutions, we can be sure that our state is united and working together to ensure meaningful employment for all

 

Employment


Labor


Policy

A Minister for Economic Growth and Regional Development intended to assist communities to grow regional economies and create new jobs


Rating
Rating Justification

While lacking in detail, there is a clear need for regional community support and assistance. Appointing a Minister may support area-based equity, and future community resilience and growth.

Liberal


Policy

More Jobs for Regional Tasmania will boost jobs and investment in regional Tasmania by providing payroll tax relief for three years to businesses that relocate to Tasmania, and establish their operations in regional areas.


Rating
Rating Justification

While assisting interstate businesses to relocate to regional areas in Tasmania would support much-needed regional development, payroll tax relief is not necessarily the optimal incentive or policy lever. More detail is required.

Tax


Labor


Policy

Keeping taxes low to support enterprise – works with industry to support young people, long term unemployed and retrenched workers into full time work through targeted payroll tax relief for new jobs.


Rating
Rating Justification

This could be an equitable policy that uses targeted support to ensure tax relief is given to specific workers, though there are clear challenges in implementation. This policy is focused on future investment through supporting job security for specific cohorts.

Liberal


Policy

Payroll Tax Cuts to Boost Jobs – cut medium and small business payroll tax to encourage them to employ more people. Around 650 more jobs expected.


Rating
Rating Justification

Evidence does not support the premise that small business payroll tax relief is an efficient jobs-creation spending measure. Detailed modelling would be required to support the assertion that 650 jobs would be made available through this policy, including alternative spending measures.

Apprentices and trainees


Labor


Policy

Labor has pledged to match the apprentice and trainee incentives rolled out by the Hodgman Government, as payroll tax rebates and direct payments to small businesses.

Additionally, targets will be set for Tasmanian Government departments to take on apprentices and trainees.


Rating
Rating Justification

Encouraging apprenticeships and traineeships is equitable and future-oriented, and have strong outcomes if targeted at appropriate skill levels. The broader policy aim is evidence-based, equitable, and supportive of a strong future for Tasmanians.

Whether payroll tax rebates and direct grants to small businesses are the optimal means of encouraging apprenticeships and traineeships is beyond the scope of this analysis.

Liberal


Policy

The Liberals will extend their payroll tax rebates and small business grant programmes to support apprenticeships and traineeships through FY 2019-20 and 20-21. These extensions are claimed to support up to 4000 extra trainees and apprentices at a cost of $14.4m.


Rating
Rating Justification

Encouraging apprenticeships and traineeships is equitable and future-oriented, and have strong outcomes if targeted at appropriate skill levels. The broader policy aim is evidence-based, equitable, and supportive of a strong future for Tasmanians.

Whether payroll tax rebates and direct grants to small businesses are the optimal means of encouraging apprenticeships and traineeships is beyond the scope of this analysis.

Innovation


Labor


Policy

Labor open-access data policy, with “information from across all departments” to be publicly accessible.

Projected applications include “such as real time scheduling for public transport, accurate drinking water information for regional communities and open data to enhance product development and innovation in the tourism industry.”

Open data is suggested to encourage innovation and create jobs in Tasmania.


Rating
Rating Justification

This policy is future-focused; however, the sharing of data needs to be complemented by careful legal safeguards and respect for privacy.