Tasmanians who do not own or operate a vehicle due to age, disability, ill health, financial constraints or inclination face significant difficulties getting where they need to go, whether to medical appointments, shops, employment, educational opportunities, or simply to enjoy social contact. TasCOSS advocates for the development of a well-coordinated, integrated and innovative passenger transport sector, encompassing for-profit and not-for-profit providers (buses, taxis, community sector transport) as well as active transport options (walking, cycling) and emerging transport networks (carpooling, car-sharing).

Facts and figures

  • As of 2010, 25.9% of Tasmanians in the lowest quintile of income could not easily get to the places they needed to go—up from 22.5% in 2006.
  • For adults describing themselves as unemployed, this figure rose to 33.5%. 
  •  For people with self-described health status of ‘poor’ the figure was 39.6%.
  •  For Housing Tasmania renters, the figure was a staggering 41.6%, with 46.2% lacking access to a vehicle. 


For more information about this policy area, contact Wynne Russell on (03) 6231 0755 or,au