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Premier's Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council

Cross-sector workshops

The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (the Council) was established to provide recommendations about how the government, the community and the private sector can collectively contribute to Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.

The Council’s Interim Report examined immediate and short term recovery approaches. The Council has commenced the final phase of its work, which will lead to its Final Report to Government in the first quarter of 2021.

Cross-Sector Workshops

The final phase is looking at Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 over the medium to longer term. The Council intends to provide actionable advice in the form of strategies that can deliver outcomes in the next 2-5 years. The strategies will aim to help Tasmanians build their own future as we emerge from COVID-19.

COVID-19 has dramatically changed our world and impacted everyone across our State. The situation remains uncertain - right now, no one can predict how the virus, vaccines, treatment and other factors will play out. Acknowledging this, the Council is seeking to understand the potential consequences, constraint and opportunities that might arise for Tasmania if the virus and associated factors take different paths - for example, ’what if’ an effective vaccine is distributed quickly in Australia and globally, or ‘what if’ an effective vaccine takes a relatively long time to develop and distribute? We are not attempting to predict the future, just exploring what strategies might work in different hypothetical states of the world.

With this in mind, the Council is holding a series of interactive ‘what if’ workshops, based around broad topics to examine a range of issues. We are seeking to understand the risks and challenges that Tasmania may face into the future, how to capitalise on opportunities and to position our State as best we can in an uncertain world.

The Council has developed two potential future scenarios to get Tasmanians thinking. The scenarios are stories of how COVID-19 might play out over the next three years for use as a tool for creative thinking. They are not predictions, or expected outcomes.

The scenarios are being used as part of a process to gather ideas from Tasmanians about potential economic and social recovery strategies in the context of a very uncertain future.

This process involves nine workshops across the State to:

  • facilitate creative thinking around potential consequences and constraints of COVID‑19 over the next 3 years; and
  • facilitate creative thinking around potential recovery opportunities that could be implemented and delivered within the next 5 years.

Workshop Participation

Peak bodies and networks were approached and asked to suggest people to participate in the workshop. They were asked to nominate people that have relevant expertise and knowledge, are creative thinkers, and do not normally have the ear of government.

View the organisations we approached for each workshop.

Nine workshops have been organised across the state and the participants of those workshops have been selected to form ‘clusters of interest’ around particular sectors and industries.

Key Purpose of workshops

The participants were informed that the key purpose of the workshop was to:

  • identify potential recovery opportunities that could be implemented and delivered within the next 5 years by governments, businesses and the community - noting that recovery is in all of our hands, not just a responsibility of governments
  • the five key themes being explored throughout this consultation process are:
    1. economic activity/investment and jobs
    2. skills, education and job readiness
    3. access to the basics
    4. mental and physical help
    5. community/social connectedness.

Workshop Methodology

Two scenarios were used as a tool to facilitate some creative thinking around the potential consequences, constraints, and opportunities associated with the scenarios. This methodology has been designed by the University of Tasmania, and used by the Western Australia Government and by Emergency Management Australia for COVID-19 recovery.

The workshops were held over a three hour period. Participants were provided with information pack and access to an introductory webinar prior to the workshop to enable a rapid creative thinking process to be undertaken.

Click here to view the introductory webinar.

Click here to view the information pack (PDF).

Workshop Outputs

The outcomes of the workshops will be made publicly available shortly after the conclusion of the final cross-sector workshop.

These outcomes will also be used in a number of regional workshops, which have been designed to gain input and feedback and an understanding of the regional perspective when considering potential strategies for addressing COVID‑19 impacts.