Sector-wide Planning

The community services sector is subject to constant change driven by a range of imperatives including legislation, contractual arrangements, competition and increasing demand for services. Some of the emerging trends that will impact significantly on the operations and sustainability of community sector organisations are:

• Consumer-directed care and individualised budgeting changes the focus from grant-based organisational funding models to client-led service purchasing.

• The move towards collaborative and integrated service delivery, demands cross-sector partnerships to achieve outcomes for our communities. 

• Increased service demand coupled with increased core running costs and compliance requirements strain the resources of many community service organisations.

• Cross-community sector workforce skills challenges.

TasCOSS takes a lead in ensuring our sector has both the strategic plans to anticipate and address these trends, as well as leading the skill development and networks to ensure our sector is meeting these changes effectively.

Joined Up Human Services update Dec 2014 ›

Tasmanian Community Services Industry Plan 2009-12 ›

Tasmanian Community Sector Workforce Development Plan 2012-15 ›

Victorian Sector Reform Project 2014 ›


Workforce Development Plan 

The Tasmanian Community Services Sector Workforce Development Plan 2012-15 was developed by TasCOSS and the Tasmanian Community Services Peaks Network, with funding from Skills Tasmania. A Workforce Development Round Table has been formed to meet priority areas identified in the Plan,  to consult with its stakeholders and members, develop priorities that respond to issues affecting sector workforce development, and provide a central reference for external stakeholders such a training providers and training funders.

Workforce Development Round Table members:

Leigh Delaney – TasCOSS (Chair)
Dale Rahmanovic -  TasCOSS
Craig Trenham – National Disability Service
Lynne Maher – Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council
Karen Austen – Tasmanian Association of Community Houses
Pattie Chugg – Shelter Tasmania
Sue Leitch – COTA Tasmania
Jo Siejka – Youth Network Of Tasmania
Jill Maxwell - Volunteering Tasmania
Debra Lewis, COTA Tasmania
Russell Stevens - Mental Health Council Tasmania

For more information on the Workforce Development Plan, contact Dale Rahmanovic, TasCOSS Sector Development Unit, at or phone (03) 6231 0755.