MEDIA RESPONSE: Tasmanian Liberal’s Local Jobs For Local People policy announcement

30 March 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal’s election commitment to establish additional local job hubs and expand the Northern Employment and Youth Connectors pilot for existing job hubs is a welcome step towards improving job outcomes in our state.

TasCOSS CEO Ms Adrienne Picone said in partnership with the State Government, TasCOSS and the TCCI played an important role in the establishment of the initial local job hubs in the Derwent Valley, the south-east, Break O’Day municipality and the west coast.

“We have seen this model work well in Tasmanian communities and we welcome the expansion of local job hubs into Tasmanian communities most in need,” Ms Picone said.

“Consistent, community based, holistic initiatives which link communities and industry to support accessible training and employment opportunities are the best way to support local people into meaningful, secure employment.

“Our ability to unlock the potential that sits within our population will determine the success of our COVID-19 recovery.”

Ms Picone said when Tasmanians have access to a reliable and adequate income, they are much healthier and happier, which is why this election campaign TasCOSS will be focussing on solutions which breakdown barriers to employment and support Tasmanians into work.

“An investment in job seekers is dollar for dollar the best investment a government can make right now — the dividend is local people into local jobs,” she said.

“For every job available in Tasmania today there are 14 job seekers — twice the national average — which points clearly to the need to do more to support out of work Tasmanians through employment initiatives and training pathways across Tasmania.

“If we take the opportunity now to tackle the systems and breakdown barriers preventing participation, we will get more Tasmanians into work, in particular our young people, and afford them the opportunity to live a good life and have economic independence.

“Now is the time to invest in our young people so we don’t see another generation locked out of employment opportunities, particularly in our regional communities.”
 
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For more information or to arrange an interview with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone:

  • Lucinda Szczypior, 0438 280 486 or via email.