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Friday, November 18, 2005

Another Important Strategy to Create More Jobs -

Another Important Strategy to Create More Jobs - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Tasmanian Government has convened a group of business and employment industry leaders to advise on policies that will help sustain Tasmania?s current employment growth.

Speaking today at the Tasmanian Employment Advisory Group?s inaugural meeting, Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said the group will also provide effective working partnerships between government and industry bodies.

?With low unemployment and 42 consecutive months of jobs growth, Tasmania is facing new employment issues brought on by a strong economy,? Ms Giddings said.

?From an employer?s perspective we are now faced with a skills shortage, like the rest of Australia, and we need to look at issues such as how best to attract and retain staff.

?From a worker?s perspective, we have to find ways we can help those Tasmanians who have been out of the workforce for a long time and are now looking for work.

Ms Giddings said that recent figures showing long-term unemployment has fallen by 27.2 per cent over the past year are welcome, but there is still more work to do.

?The Tasmanian Employment Advisory Group will help us stay on the front foot to maintain our current strong jobs growth.

The group will advise the Tasmanian Government on labour and employment issues in policy and strategy planning and implementation at both state and national levels.

The Advisory Group will be chaired by Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) Director Mat Rowell.

The members of the advisory group are:

Chair, Mat Rowell, Director, TasCOSS

Simon Cocker, Secretary, Unions Tasmania

Jenni Jarvis, Tasmanian Development Board

Rob Gavin, formerly of the Salvation Army?s Employment Plus

Michael Kent, President, TCCI (to be confirmed)

Dr Roscoe Taylor, Director, Public Health, DHHS

Michael Stevens, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education

Greg Johannes, Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Development

Ms Giddings thanked all the participants for agreeing to be part of this important group.


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