Results of the West Coast Region Jobs Consultation

West Coast community members spoke with people in the region and gathered information for this consultation through:

  • One-on-one interviews
  • Casual site visits
  • Community group discussions
  • School group discussions

The following details were captured:

Work Status

Of the 88 people spoken with:

  • 22 were looking for work
  • 20 were not currently looking for work (of these some were caring for children, retired, support workers etc.)
  • 40 were students
  • 6 were employers


A stand out theme across the whole region was the opportunity to access vacant buildings across the community for various developments and initiatives – co-working spaces, social enterprise exploration, community activity, arts spaces, training facilities, job readiness experiences, etc.


The lack of localised training opportunities means that local people can’t gain the skills required for positions available, meaning that skilled positions are often given to people outside of the region.

Sustainability of employment was also raised as a major barrier, with seasonal and casualisation of roles not providing secure and stable job opportunities locally.

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Community Innovation & Investment Project (CIIP)

The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) is a collaborative approach between TasCOSS, Tasmanian communities, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and the State Government. A partnership enabling community voice and community change across four Tasmanian communities: Derwent Valley, South East, Break O’Day and West Coast.

Results of the Break O’Day Region Jobs Consultation

A common theme was the need to find sustainable industries for the winter months and to have training opportunities with local job outcomes attached.

Results of the South East Region Jobs Survey

A common theme was the need to support alternative work models for professionals and to foster creative means of employment.

Results of the Derwent Valley Jobs Survey

A common theme that arose was the need to support the next generation to succeed and prosper in the Derwent Valley.

South East Region Jobs Survey: We Need Your Local Knowledge

We want to help you build a community with strong employment opportunities, to do that we need your input because local people know the south east region best.

Jobs Action: Valuing the People of Tasmania’s West Coast

We have no doubt the people of the West Coast have ideas with the potential to enhance the resilience and vitality of their region and its communities.

Addressing Inequality through Community Capacity Building

By connecting with these communities, facilitating conversations and sharing in the decision-making, we are working together to reduce employment inequality and disadvantage in our State.

The Co-Design Method & CIIP

The co-design model is designed to engage and involve communities during the development and decision making process and this sits at the heart of this Project.