Addressing Inequality through Community Capacity Building

Many Tasmanian jobseekers find it difficult to connect with meaningful and stable employment while at the same time a range of growing industries are looking for staff but are not always able to fill positions.

The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) combines community consultation with contemporary and emerging public policy research and evidence to find solutions to local issues such as economic participation by working with those who know their communities best; the people who live there.

Local people understand their communities and what will make a difference, but they don’t always have the resources to create the change they want and need.

The CIIP accesses ‘Emerging Voices’ training, helping community members to unlock their individual capacity to create and achieve the changes they need and desire. The CIIP framework encourages creative thinking and design of community based solutions to employment barriers within communities. This program is focused on building community capacity to take advantage of employment opportunities and outcomes, using a co-design framework to deliver an innovative and collaborative approach to facilitate social change.

The project has begun in the communities of South East Tasmania and the Derwent Valley and will soon take its initial steps to begin work with Tasmania’s East Coast and West Coast communities.

Project regions are selected based on population size and demographic, geographical isolation, persistently higher levels of unemployment, employment opportunities and employee demand and transport options.

By connecting with these communities, facilitating conversations and sharing in the decision-making, we are working together to reduce employment inequality and disadvantage in our State.

The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) is a new collaborative approach between TasCOSS, Tasmanian communities, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPaC) and Department of State Growth (DSG). It is a partnership designed to support community voice and community change.


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Results of the West Coast Region Jobs Consultation

A stand out theme across the whole region was the opportunity to access vacant buildings across the community for various developments and initiatives.

Results of the Break O’Day Region Jobs Consultation

A common theme was the need to find sustainable industries for the winter months and to have training opportunities with local job outcomes attached.

Results of the South East Region Jobs Survey

A common theme was the need to support alternative work models for professionals and to foster creative means of employment.

Results of the Derwent Valley Jobs Survey

A common theme that arose was the need to support the next generation to succeed and prosper in the Derwent Valley.

South East Region Jobs Survey: We Need Your Local Knowledge

We want to help you build a community with strong employment opportunities, to do that we need your input because local people know the south east region best.

Jobs Action: Valuing the People of Tasmania’s West Coast

We have no doubt the people of the West Coast have ideas with the potential to enhance the resilience and vitality of their region and its communities.

The Co-Design Method & CIIP

The co-design model is designed to engage and involve communities during the development and decision making process and this sits at the heart of this Project.

Emerging Voices & CIIP: Empowering Local Change Makers

Emerging Voices helps each and every one of us realise the power of our voice in our community and how we as individuals can shape Tasmania.