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Advice and resources for Tasmanian businesses

All the information and services you need to help you start, run and grow your business in Tasmania.

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Grants and funding

Find grants or funding opportunities for your business or industry.

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Policies and strategies for growth

Policies and strategies designed to grow the economy for all Tasmanians.

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The Department of State Growth produces a variety of free corporate and industry publications.

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State Roads

Tasmania’s road network is managed to connect communities and enable the safe, reliable and efficient transport of people and goods.

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Vehicle registration and licensing

Information about registering or transferring vehicle(s) and holding a driver licence in Tasmania

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More COVID-19 testing clinics

Increased COVID-19 testing is now available with new mobile clinics operating around the state.

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Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding

Applications are now open for a share of a $50 million package of support measures to help activate renewable hydrogen industry development in Tasmania.

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Draft Renewable Energy Action Plan released for comment

A draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan outlining the vision and actions to develop renewable energy generation in Tasmania over the coming 20 years has been release for public comment.

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Supporting Tasmania's forestry workers

A series of new videos from the forestry sector focus on the challenges of working from home, going to work during restrictions, job security and mental health and wellbeing.

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Mineral exploration grants now open

Applications are now open for funding under the Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative to assist current, new and emerging mineral explorers expand operations in Tasmania.

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Buy Something Tasmanian online marketplace

The new Buy Something Tasmanian internet marketplace helps customers find the best products and services local businesses have on offer, and you can search and purchase from your phone, tablet or computer at home.

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PPE register to support local businesses

A PPE supply register has been set up to assist Tasmanian businesses needing Personal Protective Equipment in order to continue operating safety.

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Keeping essential taxi services operating

To ensure our taxi industry can continue transporting Tasmanians to vital health appointments and to access other essential services during COVID-19, registration support is now available.

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Waiving payroll tax on JobKeeper payments

To support Tasmanian businesses through the challenges of coronavirus, payroll tax on JobKeeper payments made by employers of Tasmanians will be waived.

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Support to boost staff skills and training

The new $1.5 million Train Now Fund will subsidise training for existing workers and sole traders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Skills Matching Service operational

The new Rapid Response Skills Matching Service to match displaced workers and to businesses who need new, work-ready employees is now operational.

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Supporting Tasmanian artists

More than $110,000 has recently been awarded through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

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Trade sales in the NW

Hardware, trade and agricultural supply stores in the north west are permitted to sell directly to businesses that need specific products related to their line of work.

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New pathway for learner drivers

L1 licence holders can now progress to an L2 licence without completing the L2 Practical Driving Assessment.

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Supporting Tassie businesses to succeed online

The Digital Ready for Business program is ready to help more businesses rapidly transition to online and digital models of commerce, promotion and customer engagement.

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Cashless bus fares and fare amnesty extended

Current arrangements for cashless buses and the bus fare amnesty have been extended to Sunday 31 May 2020.

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Easier driver’s licence renewals

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the need to minimise person-to-person contact, we have introduced remote driver’s licence renewals.

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Support for Tasmanians who have lost their job

Individuals who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 will be able to access immediate support to connect to work or training to help find a new job or retrain for a new career.

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Business vehicle registration relief

To support significantly impacted Tasmanian small businesses, business vehicle registration savings and deferrals are now available.

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Supporting our creative arts

We recognise the significant impact the unfolding COVID-19 situation is having on Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries, with funding available to support our artists, screen practitioners and arts organisations.

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Using buses during COVID-19

Practical measures on public transport to ensure that people who need to travel and bus drivers are kept as safe as possible.

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Driver assessments suspended

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, and with due consideration of the wellbeing of both our staff and clients, all government-delivered driver assessments have been suspended.

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Public transport continuing

Public transport is very important to the functioning of our community and economy and is not affected by the advice against holding large gatherings.

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