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Grant available to help boost Tasmania’s population

Peter Gutwein, Minister for State Growth


Yesterday the Hodgman Liberal Government launched the You in a Year campaign to encourage that population growth and today we are announcing the Population Small Grants program to leverage off it.

After years of population stagnation, Tasmania’s population is now growing at the fastest rate in six years.

We want to build on that momentum and continue to push to meet our ambitious target of 650,000 Tasmanians by 2050.

The program is aimed at key industry associations who have identified skills shortages such as for engineers, construction workers or for hospitality workers like chefs and grants of up to $50,000 are available to assist in running industry focussed campaigns through trade shows, advertising and promotional events.  A total of $400,000 will be awarded in 2018.

The Government is determined to see our population increase to 650,000 by 2050 to support economic growth, job creation and build strong and diverse communities.

Funding is available for projects that build on and are linked to Tasmania’s three-pronged population strategy: supporting job creation and workforce development, supporting interstate and overseas migration, and building and promoting Tasmania’s liveability and lifestyle.

Projects could include initiatives that:

  • help business or industry recruit skilled staff;
  • retain local talent in the State; and
  • improve Tasmania's liveability.

The Hodgman Government wants Tasmania to be the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family and attracting more people to the State will help grow our economy, attract more investment and create more jobs for Tasmanians.

For more information and to apply visit:

Applications close 5pm, Friday, February 23, 2018.