The Australian Greens have launched a Tasmanian Youth Employment Survey today, coinciding with National Youth Week, asking young Tasmanians what type of employment and career opportunities they want to see in Tasmania in the future.
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated Tasmanian politicians spent much of their time and energy debating the state’s economic future, but how many had actually asked young people directly about their preferred future employment and career paths?
“If we are serious about planning to build new industries for the next 20-50 years in Tasmania, shouldn’t we be listening?
“This issue is particularly acute for Tasmania, where youth often leave the island for better economic and social opportunities.
“Our survey hopes to address questions such as: what type of industries do we need to build in Tasmania to keep our youth engaged and hopeful about their employment future, and is employment a quantity or quality issue for our young people?
“The voice of Tasmania's young people is often ignored at all levels of government, and our long term economic development planning needs to start with taking into account what young people actually want.
“The survey will ask a number of questions on a range of issues, and will build primary sample data using various collection techniques.
"The Greens have a long and proud history of standing up for Australia's young people and we hope this survey will play a useful role in the party's Tasmanian economic policy development in the future."