The Tasmanian Government is seeking to kick-start the construction industry by bringing forward government expenditure to stimulate investment in the private sector, strengthen and underpin the economy, and create jobs.

The package of measures covers housing, roads and irrigation, essential services and community infrastructure.

“An additional $7 million will be provided to develop the $14 million Trades and Water Centre of Excellence,” according to the Government.

“This will skill and train Tasmanians for local jobs in the construction and civil contracting industries, including water and sewerage. The Centre will have its own Industry-based Board, to ensure operations and training align with the skill needs of employers.”

You can read the Tasmanian Government’s media release here.

Among Tasmanian government initiatives to stimulate housing construction are the the Tasmanian HomeBuilder Grant and the Tasmanian First Home-Owner Grant.  The Tasmanian First Home-Owner Grant is not available in addition to the Tasmanian HomeBuilder Grant.

The Commonwealth Government has also announced HomeBuilder grants. These are available for some home renovations and construction. Income and price caps apply. You can find more information here.

In some cases people may be eligible for both the Tasmanian and Commonwealth HomeBuilder grants.