Release type: Joint Media Release


Launceston's entrepreneurs to benefit from dedicated facilitator


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment
Minister for Women
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia
The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Member for Hume
Senator David Bushby
Chief Government Whip in the Senate
Senator for Tasmania

Budding entrepreneurs in the Launceston area received a significant boost today with the Turnbull Government announcing Ms Talitha Devadass as the new Entrepreneurship Facilitator for Launceston.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said that, as a local resident of Launceston, Ms Devadass would provide valuable knowledge to young residents looking to start their own business.

"Self-employment and entrepreneurship are fantastic options for young people who are unemployed. Entrepreneurship Facilitators will work on the ground to help support young people to develop their ideas into a business,” Minister Cash said.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, and Tasmanian Senator David Bushby were in Launceston today to welcome the announcement of Ms Devadass to the role.

"Ms Devadass has extensive practical experience as a facilitator working with young people. This new position will greatly assist in building networks with schools, colleges and business advisory services,” Senator Bushby said.

"Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a unique opportunity to connect young people with existing local services and programs and provide one-on-one support to overcome barriers preventing them from commencing their own business.

"Entrepreneurship Facilitators give young Australians the chance to consider self-employment as a real option. Talitha is a proven innovator, with strong regional and community knowledge of start-up business development.

"Research shows that many young job seekers have promising business ideas, but lack the capacity and support to develop these ideas into a successful business.”

Assistant Minister Taylor welcomed this important milestone for local start-ups as a key contribution to a coordinated effort to deliver local jobs and growth.

"Initiatives that focus on education, employment and investment, including apprenticeship targets and youth employment, are critical for Launceston. This will be a strong focus for the Launceston City Deal, through which all levels of government are partnering to deliver shared solutions,” Minister Taylor said.

Entrepreneurship Facilitators have been appointed in three regions with high youth unemployment and low uptake of self-employment by youth: Cairns, Hunter Valley and Launceston (encompassing North-East Tasmania).

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Facilitators, visit