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Department of State Growth

Work with Tasmanian businesses and industry to support growth and job creation

The Tasmanian Government is committed to growing Tasmania and its economy. Government has set a number of targets with respect to growing our state, including reducing Tasmania’s unemployment rate to the national average, increasing Tasmania’s population to 650 000 by 2050 and securing 1.5 million visitors per year by 2020.

The Tasmanian Government has identified key reforms and major initiatives to drive economic growth in food and agriculture, tourism, advanced manufacturing, forestry and mining, as well as other sectors of our economy. Government is also positioning to take advantage of the projected growth in the service, knowledge and information sectors of the economy.

The Department of State Growth has an important role in enabling growth and facilitating job creation. Working closely with the Coordinator-General, we act as ambassadors for the state, assist to attract new investment to Tasmania and facilitate development. We also work with both traditional and emerging industries to leverage their competitive strengths and develop targeted action plans and strategies to drive growth. This includes supporting science and research as sectors, as enablers for growth, innovation and improved productivity and to underpin decision making.

In pursuing economic development, the department supports the Tasmanian Development Board to actively assess and manage requests for financial and business assistance.

We are also committed to supporting small businesses (with less than 20 employees) and deliver a number of targeted programs to assist businesses to develop and create jobs. We also assist businesses to grow domestic and international trade through brand and market development.

A skilled labour force underpins Tasmania’s economy and drives productivity. The department strategically plans and invests in workforce skills to help Tasmanian businesses and industry be more productive, to innovate and to position for strategic growth.

Our priorities

  • Support job creation, including through implementing the Business, Jobs and Population Attraction package to encourage businesses to move to Tasmania or recruit employees.
  • Facilitate significant projects across Tasmania, including through the $17 million Regional Revival Fund initiative.
  • Support small business growth, through implementing targeted programs and information services.
  • Engage with significant businesses to assist them to access finance and create or retain jobs.
  • Actively support the Coordinator-General in attracting new investment to Tasmania and facilitating development.
  • Build Tasmania’s international relationships, including through active engagement with China and other key trade and investment partners, including India.
  • Assist businesses to grow domestic and international trade through brand and market development.
  • Develop targeted action plans and strategies to drive growth in key sectors and across the economy, including developing an Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan.
  • Work with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment to grow the value of the agricultural sector in Tasmania tenfold to $10 billion per year by 2050.
  • Enhance Tasmania’s position as a gateway to the Antarctic and launch the Antarctic Gateway Strategy.
  • Optimise science and research economic opportunities and support the provision of science and research as enablers for growth, innovation and improved productivity.
  • Position Tasmania to secure an increased share of the national defence spend, through development of Our Fair Share of Defence Spending Strategy and facilitating Tasmanian tenders for major defence contracts.
  • Promote opportunities for mineral exploration and sustainable mining investment in Tasmania.
  • Work with Forestry Tasmania and the industry to transition the forestry sector to a sustainable, private industry-led, future.
  • Restore energy as a competitive advantage for the state, by implementing the Tasmanian Energy Strategy.
  • Build a skilled workforce that meets the needs of employers and positions industry for strategic growth, through implementation of the Investing in Skills for Growth Strategy.
  • Ensure that government’s investment in training and workforce development directly supports the economy and grow the capability of the state’s training providers to respond to industry demand and deliver quality outcomes.
  • Work closely with the Planning Reform Taskforce and other Tasmanian Government departments to ensure the single statewide planning scheme being developed for Tasmania facilitates and encourages economic growth.
  • Work with business and industry to understand barriers to growth and pursue opportunities to reduce red tape, in collaboration with the Office of the Coordinator-General and the Regulation Reduction Coordinator.