Live and work in Tasmania
Tasmania is a remarkably liveable place – offering rewarding career opportunities, an inspiring lifestyle and vibrant, welcoming communities. Balancing work, family life and recreation is easier in small cities with affordable housing, great schools and short commute times.
Just imagine living and working in a place where your kids can safely enjoy the outdoors, where you can surf in the morning and hike in the afternoon, and where arts, sport and culture flourish.
With a world class urban environment, mild climate, an innovative business community and open spaces within easy reach, Tasmania is a place where you can really live and work.
Find out more about living, working and pursuing business in Tasmania at Make it Tasmania. As well as providing information to help you make the move, Make it Tasmania is your link to Tasmania to experience our lifestyle, unique places, culture, fabulous food, affordable housing, jobs and business opportunities.
In addition to lifestyle and natural beauty, one of Tasmania’s biggest drawcards is the quality, range and affordability of housing and property. Tasmanian house prices are generally lower, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of median incomes, than most mainland capital cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne. Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, offers some of the most affordable capital city housing in Australia.
The local economy may be strong enough to ensure long-term competitive returns but anyone moving to Tasmania can still find a great place to live – often with water views - and on a good sized block surrounded by the natural resources that are hard to get in some urban centres.
For further information on house prices in Tasmania visit these websites:
To find job advertisements you can click on Tasmania’s major newspapers which all feature employment sections: The Mercury (southern Tasmania), The Examiner (northern Tasmania) and The Advocate (north-western Tasmania).
The majority of vacancies advertised in The Mercury are automatically advertised at Careerone. For The Examiner and The Advocate, go to: MyCareer.
For vacancies within the Tasmanian Government visit Jobs and Careers with the Tasmanian Government.
For advice on employment opportunities, comparative salaries and assistance in marketing yourself to prospective employers visit the Yellow Pages website Recruitment agencies.
Employment Rights and Conditions
Migrant workers and visa holders have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman can give you information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations.
Their website has information translated into different languages and a Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) where you can calculate pay rates, shift calculations, leave, and notice and redundancy entitlements. Keep track of the number of hours you've worked with their Record my hours app, available in multiple languages.
There is also a help for Visa holders and migrants page, with information about pay and conditions for visa holders, and about the types of visa protections that can apply for employees who work with the Fair Work Ombudsman as part of an investigation process.
Under the Tasmanian education system, students may attend pre-school or kindergarten prior to primary school. Compulsory education begins at the age of five years. This means that a child who is at least five years of age by 1 January in any year must be enrolled at a school or provided with approved home education.
Government Schools – visit the Department of Education website
Independent Schools – visit the Independent Schools Tasmania website
Home education - visit the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council website
Young people are required to participate in education and training until they have completed year 12, gained a Certificate III vocational qualification, or turned 17 years old.
Students in both government and independent schools complete the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) in years 11 and 12, which provides them with a Tertiary Entrance Score.
There is one university in Tasmania and it has campuses statewide. It is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world – visit the University of Tasmania website.
Tasmania also has a range of Vocational Education Training (VET) options – visit the TasTAFE website.