The ACT Government will establish a Canberra Economic Recovery Advisory Group (CERAG) to assist the implementation of the ACT’s Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan.
Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said the advisory group would bring together economists, public policy experts, industry representatives, community sector partners and unions to provide advice to the government on the implementation a target of 250,000 local jobs by 2025.
“When our city faced the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT Government listened to expert advice, we stood up and dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to support workers, households and businesses while we expanded the capacity in our health system,” said Mr Barr.
“The Government wants to hear directly from small and medium businesses as we enter the next stage of our targeted response to the this crisis.”
He said the Government would be running an expression of interest process for two small business owners to joint the Canberra Economic Recovery Advisory Group, opening on Monday 31 August.
“We know the pandemic is not over, and there is more work to do,” the Chief Minister said.
“We will keep working every day to protect the health and livelihoods of our community.
“The group will be tasked with providing advice to the Government on how delivering targeted support to those that need it most. It is planned for the CERAG to meet for the first time in the week commencing 7 September.”
He said other priorities for the group would be to identify areas of regulatory reform that would stimulate economic activity.