Tasmania needs to boost advanced manufacturing sector

COVID has shown Tasmanians the importance of a domestic manufacturing sector, and with high unemployment rates, there is no better time for the Tasmanian Government to support Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing sector, says Labor Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MP.

“Supporting advanced manufacturing will create more jobs, strengthen our economy and allow Tasmania to become a global leader,” says Brian Mitchell MP.

“Advanced manufacturing can support and anchor thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the state, not to mention the money into R&D. It makes strategic sense, we boost our economy and increase productivity, we put Tasmanians in skilled jobs and we protect our interests.”

The report A fair share for Australian Manufacturing (Australia Institute) says $180 billion per year in manufacturing output and more than 400,000 jobs can be created through advanced manufacturing. Tasmania cannot afford to miss out on these opportunities.

 "We should be incentivising start-ups, we need to bring companies here through incentives and support mechanisms and we need a strong TAFE network to get people skilled up for the jobs of the future.

“There are extraordinary opportunities in renewable and bio-energy generation, construction and materials, robotics, agri-tech and transportation.

“The Government needs to act and act now to ensure Tasmania is not left behind.”