A BAKER'S dozen of proposals will inform the government's new jobs strategy as Premier Lara Giddings prepares to launch a new procurement strategy targeted at local firms.
Thirteen recommendations have been confirmed from the Jobs Forum hosted by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Launceston earlier this month in response to the state's worsening unemployment problem.
Among the proposals are familiar issues like planning and local government reform, freight costs and red and green tape; and new ideas, including the creation of a business advisory group to inform government and an aged care trial.
Ms Giddings said the state's 8.4 per cent unemployment rate warranted an "emergency approach ... usually reserved for emergencies like bushfires".
The government will launch a new "buy local" policy next week, which will include a new procurement structure to advantage local firms, advice to government agencies on value of money purchasing, and access for business to senior Treasury officials.
Liberal leader Will Hodgman said the forum was an endorsement of opposition policies, claiming specific plans for nine of the 13 recommendations and urging the Premier to swallow her pride and implement their economic plan.
"It's called the Liberals Plan for a Brighter Future, and it is ready to go," Mr Hodgman said.
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey welcomed both the government and opposition's responses, saying it was not about partisan politics.
"We're really happy with both responses and hopeful this will have a real impact," Mr Bailey said.
Jobs Forum attendees have agreed to meet again in November to assess government actions.