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Economic Development Plan priorities for businesses in Tasmania

In formulating the Economic Development Plan, the government conducted extensive consultation to understand the challenges and needs of Tasmanian businesses, including small businesses. This occurred through two forums in December 2010 and May 2011, and targeted one-on-one meetings with peak bodies, industry associations, regional organisations and State and Australian Government agencies. A discussion paper was issued in December 2010 and stakeholders invited to make written submissions. Over 30 submissions were received.

Tasmania’s small business community provided significant input in identifying opportunities and constraints through a series of focus groups, an industry forum, and one-on-one meetings. In addition, a review of existing small business data and an examination of small business policy and program initiatives in other Australian jurisdictions and overseas has been conducted. The results of this latter work are contained in the Small Business Strategy document.

The consultation process identified the following priorities for business in relation to this goal:

  • improved infrastructure  
  • access to skilled, quality staff1
  • the cost and time for businesses to apply and comply with government regulations, including Tasmania’s planning system
  • the need for strong management and business skills
  • access to interstate and overseas markets
  • access to finance and capital
  • improved communications between business and government.

The diversity of Tasmania’s businesses, in terms of size and sector, and challenges, requires a range of initiatives to support and grow businesses. These initiatives are:

1 For further information, see the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tasmanian Survey of Business Expectations, available at:


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