Following the months-long negotiations between global telecom giant Vodafone and the Tasmanian state government, the telecom operator will shift 750 call centre jobs from Mumbai to Kingston, in the outskirts of Hobart in southern Tasmania.
Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings and economic development minister David O'Byrne welcomed Vodafone's decision and said that the creation of 750 jobs at Vodafone's Kingston call centre is a massive vote of confidence in Tasmania's future.
"This is one of the biggest jobs announcements in Tasmania's history," Giddings said.
The state government will contribute $850,000 for infrastructure upgrades to house new employees and will waive payroll tax for all new employees in line with the government policy.
Additionally, the federal government will provide $4 million to secure Vodafone's investment in Tasmania which has Australia's highest unemployment rate.
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard who was in Tasmania, said the government funding will help with the cost of transition from Vodafone's offshore operations.