The global economic crisis has not significantly affected Tasmania’s unemployment rate which remains amongst the lowest in the nation. The realities of Tasmania’s ageing population have not changed and there are now more people leaving the workforce than entering it, creating significant skills gaps. A continued focus on lifting the participation rate through ensuring all Tasmanians have the opportunity to participate and contribute to society remains essential. Increasing opportunities for all Tasmanians to benefit from economic growth and fully participate in society is central to this Strategy.
“Increasing Opportunity means solving Tasmania’s literacy problems; it means increasing participation, retention and achievement for disadvantaged people; and it means transition and retention support for young people. Joined up government services will be critical to getting maximum benefits for the whole community.”
John Hooper (pictured right),