The State Government is preparing to move 100 DPIPWE jobs to North and North-West Tasmania and to employ more AgriGrowth and Biosecurity staff in these areas.
Two new AgriGrowth Liaison Officers will provide support to primary producers who need to conduct business directly with the Department.
New Biosecurity Officers on King and Flinders Island will assist in implementing biosecurity plans being developed for both islands, including support for landholders to tackle weeds, pests and other issues affecting agricultural production and local biosecurity priorities.
These new jobs in AgriGrowth and Biosecurity, together with the relocations, are part of the Government’s pledge to stimulate economic growth and innovation in North and North-West Tasmania.
DPIPWE has commenced consultation with staff and unions on the process for relocating jobs.
There will be no forced relocations and the movement of positions will occur through natural staff turnover and an Expression of Interest process for southern-based employees who may volunteer to relocate to Northern Tasmania.
Moving these positions to where they can be best utilised by farmers and agribusiness is a key part of the Tasmanian Government’s AgriFood Plan 2018-23 for growing the value of the agricultural sector to $10 billion by 2050.
(From Tasmanian Government media release - 11 May 2018)