The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) Final Report makes a wide range of recommendations that could help ensure thousands of Tasmanians have the support and opportunities they need to live a good life after COVID-19. Key to delivering on this promise will be its timely implementation and a commitment to provide the resourcing needed for the proposed recommendations.
We particularly welcome a focus on:
- Local jobs networks which can help support more Tasmanians into jobs. We believe the community services industry has a key role to play here as the largest and fastest growing industry in the state.
- Investment in mental health service, particularly for young Tasmanians.
- Improving Tasmania’s digital infrastructure and the call for KPIs to improve Tasmania’s digital inclusion outcomes. We believe the next State Government should aim to not just to close the digital divide within Tasmania, but to be at or above the national average when it comes to digital inclusion scores in the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) by 2025. We provided recommendations on how this could be achieved in our submission to the Our Digital Future Strategy.
- Place-based recovery and community leadership. We believe each community should be empowered to identify their own recovery priority objectives.
- Development of a food security strategy to ensure everyone has access to the nutritious food they need.
We do however believe the report was a missed opportunity to recommend greater investment in affordable housing, which would not only provide more Tasmanians the homes they desperately need but also generate much-needed jobs and an economic stimulus.
What do you think of the recommendations? We’d love to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call on (03) 6231 0755 to discuss.