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Department of State Growth

Tasmania's population growth strategy

The Tasmanian Government has set a target to grow the population to 650,000 people by 2050 to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the standard of living for all Tasmanians.

The Population Growth Strategy outlines the Tasmanian Government's approach to growing our population in a balanced and sustainable way over the long term. It identifies 50 actions in three key areas:

  • Job creation and workforce development: we will facilitate job creation and identify current and future employment opportunities to inform investment in education and training, and migration attraction strategies.
  • Migration: we will actively pursue and facilitate overseas and interstate migration to Tasmania and encourage Tasmanians living elsewhere to come home.
  • Liveability: we will build and promote Tasmania's liveability and foster a culture which is vibrant, inclusive, respectful and supportive.

The actions in the Population Growth Strategy build on the Tasmanian Government's existing investment in initiatives to grow jobs and the economy.

The Population Growth Strategy can be viewed here (12MB PDF).

An optimised, smaller file-size version of the Population Growth Strategy can be viewed here (2MB PDF)

The 2016 Annual Update on the Population Growth Strategy can be viewed here.

Tasmania's population growth strategy

The Population Growth Strategy Small Grants Fund 2017-18

The Population Growth Strategy Small Grants Fund is a one off initiative to help businesses and not-for-profit organisations bring their ideas to life to attract more people to Tasmania.

Funding is available for eligible projects, initiatives, events and/or services that support the Population Growth Strategy’s three key pillars, including, but not limited to:

  • programs, campaigns, or expos to help business or industry recruit skilled staff;
  • initiatives to help retain local talent in the state or support local employment outcomes for international students;
  • projects to help improve the liveability of Tasmania's communities; and
  • employment programs or social enterprises designed to promote positive outcomes for Tasmania's migrant communities.

A total of $400 000 in funding is available to applicants in grants of up to $50 000 to be paid during the 2018 calendar year.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday, 23 February 2018.


Full details in relation to eligibility criteria are contained within the Fund Guidelines (PDF). Please read the Guidelines in full before commencing an application.

Contact details

For further information contact:

Telephone: (03) 6166 3212



Click here to start an application.

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