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STEM Excellence Awards 2020

29 Jul 2020

Nominations are now open for Tasmanians who have excelled in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in 2020.

Fare amnesty is ending

01 Jul 2020

The fare amnesty that is currently in place for bus services across the state will end on Sunday 5 July 2020.

Support for skilled visa holders

04 Jun 2020

The Temporary Visa Holder Skilled Employee Assistance Program will provide payments to around 500 of the state’s skilled visa holders in most need and of most importance to Tasmania’s economy, who have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Driver assessments recommence

04 Jun 2020

Driver assessments are progressively restarting. Government driver assessors will prioritise the assessments that were put on hold before new bookings are accepted.

More COVID-19 testing clinics

27 May 2020

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

Mineral exploration grants now open

20 May 2020

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

Supporting Tasmania's forestry workers

20 May 2020

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.

PPE register to support local businesses

06 May 2020

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

Keeping essential taxi services operating

30 Apr 2020

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.

Waiving payroll tax on JobKeeper payments

30 Apr 2020

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

Support to boost staff skills and training

30 Apr 2020

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

COVIDSafe app now available

29 Apr 2020

The Australian Government’s new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe, is now available to help identify and alert people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Small business support update

29 Apr 2020

An update on Tasmanian Government support for small business during the COVID-19 situation and the associated trading restrictions.

Protecting Tasmanian water, gas and electricity customers

29 Apr 2020

Aurora Energy, Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks and TasWater are supporting customers throughout the COVID-19 situation.

Support for Temporary Visa holders

22 Apr 2020

Support is now available for temporary visa holders in Tasmania who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place to protect Tasmanians, with payments of $250 per individual or up to $1000 per family available.

Mobile Black Spot Program enhancing services in regional Tasmania

22 Apr 2020

Eleven regional areas across Tasmania will benefit from new and expanded telecommunications services.

Supporting learner drivers

22 Apr 2020

We have removed the requirement for the L2 Driving Assessment so new and current L1 licence holders can continue to learn and progress towards a full licence during this difficult time.

Supporting Tasmanian artists

21 Apr 2020

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

Trade sales in the NW

21 Apr 2020

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.

New pathway for learner drivers

17 Apr 2020

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

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