Call For Submissions For Inquiry Into Australia’s Human Services

Tasmania's federal Labor MPs have called on the Turnbull government to relocate more Tax Office and Human Services Department jobs to the state, but only after consultation with existing public service employees.

In a submission to an inquiry considering plans for government decentralisation, opposition MPs Ross Hart, Justine Keay, Julie Collins and Brian Mitchell said the Human Services Department should increase its presence in Tasmania and the ATO could broaden its workload in the north-west city of Burnie.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Labor MP for Bass Ross Hart.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Labor MP for Bass Ross Hart.  Photo: Neil Richardson

The group - which includes representatives of the marginal seats of Bass, Braddon and Lyons - said a boost in jobs in Burnie would require additional office space in the central business district and help improve the local unemployment rate.

Currently about 2.3 per cent of federal public service jobs are based in Tasmania, lower than every jurisdiction except for the Northern Territory at 1.4 per cent.

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