Tasmania's Economic Priorities

RDA Tasmania recently produced a briefing paper for the purpose of identifying what the Committee believe to be the key areas that require investment to support economic growth in Tasmania

As an island state, Tasmania innovates through necessity. Innovation will continue to drive our economic growth and competiveness, as will the need to ensure we can move our products to market efficiently.

Investment Priorities

The five investment priorities are:

1. Investment in the University of Tasmania’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facility in Hobart, and North and North West Campus expansion in Launceston and Burnie;

2. Long term commitment to the expanded Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme;

3. Commonwealth investment in local innovation including Hobart’s role as an international Antarctica gateway; defence manufacturing and services; and science and research institutions;

4. Investment in the Hobart to Burnie freight corridor and key tourism routes and infrastructure;

5. Commitment to Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List for Tasmania.

RDA Programme Chair’s Reference Group

Senator Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development, recently hosted a meeting of the RDA Programme Chair’s Reference Group. The group includes a representative of the RDA Committees of each state and territory.  RDA Tasmania Committee Chairman, Mr Tom Black represented the RDA Tasmania Committee.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Australian Government to receive the top issues for each jurisdiction and/or any good news stories they might like to share.  Mr Tom Black tabled the briefing paper featuring the issues and priorities for Tasmania. 

The paper is available on our website here