2019/20 State Budget Briefing

Read TasCOSS’s response and media coverage of the 2019/20 State Budget handed down by the Treasurer on Thursday 23 May.

The annual TasCOSS State Budget Briefing at Hadley’s Orient Hotel was attended by more than 80 Members and supporters. The Honourable Roger Jaensch MP, Minister for Human Services and Minister for Housing, spoke at the event following a presentation from TasCOSS CEO Kym Goodes.


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TasCOSS 2022/23 Budget Priorities Statement: Family/Sexual Violence Policy Development and Sector Coordination

TasCOSS have put in a funding bid for $834,000 over five years to establish a family/sexual violence policy development and sector coordination mechanism for Tasmania.

TasCOSS 2022/23 Budget Priorities Statement: Digital Consumer Reference Group

TasCOSS has proposed the creation of a Digital Consumer Reference Group to represent digital consumers and support the Tasmanian Government to deliver on its plan for digital inclusion.

Religious Discrimination Bill and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill

TasCOSS strongly opposes both the Religious Discrimination Bill and the proposed changes to the Marriage Act and urges the Committee to reject them. Regarding the Bill, we do not believe any amendments could produce an acceptable piece of legislation and urge the Committee to recommend the Australian Government draft a conventional discrimination bill that simply adds the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religious affiliation, belief and practice to an existing federal discrimination law, without allowing discrimination in the name of religion.

COVID-19 FAQs, Policy Templates and Resources

With the Tasmanian border open, information on the COVID-19 case and outbreak management (for business and organisations) has been made available with further resources, including outbreak management plan templates, accessible via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. The updated and simplified COVID-19 safety plan template from WorkSafe Tasmania has also been released, which will help in updating business continuity plans.

TasCOSS Offices Holiday Opening Hours

The TasCOSS offices, located at Level 3, 86 Murray Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000, will close for the holidays at 12noon, Friday 24 December 2021 and reopen on Monday 10 January 2022.

Disability Services Act Review

The disability services landscape is complex and those accessing disability services are some of the most marginalised members of our community. TasCOSS welcomes the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to meaningful reform in this area and encourages the Tasmanian Government to embrace reforms to promote the rights of Tasmanians with a disability.

Tasmanian Sport and Active Recreation Strategy

TasCOSS believe the Tasmanian Sport and Active Recreation Strategy needs to embed principles of access and inclusion to ensure all Tasmanians have meaningful opportunities to participate. We therefore encourage the Tasmanian Government to explore ways of expanding services and initiatives designed for the needs of particular groups, including older Tasmanians, children and youth, women and girls, people with disability and marginalised communities, such as refugees and LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians.

Carer Recognition Legislation Proposal

TasCOSS supports the introduction of legislation which recognises the work of carers, who perform work vital to the healthy functioning of our households, workplaces, communities and our economy.

Jo Flanagan, TasCOSS Life Member

Jo was awarded Life Membership of TasCOSS in 2021.

Kathy Brown, Individual

Individual Member

Ann Hughes, Individual

Individual Member

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmania’s nation-leading anti-discrimination protections under threat

TasCOSS is urging all Tasmanian politicians to stand up and speak out against the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill currently before Parliament, which if passed will override Tasmania’s nation-leading anti-discrimination laws, cause considerable harm and division in the community, and put vulnerable children at risk.

Take Me To Your Board S01E11: Risk Management

Volkswagen, the German vehicle manufacturer, took a huge risk in 2014 and suffered as a consequence. In this episode, Cameron and Bridget look into this scandal from a risk management point of view with the help of special guest Alicia Leis, Partner (Audit, Assurance & Advisory) at WLF Accounting & Advisory.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Governments ignore advice on raising the age, let down Tasmanian families and children

TasCOSS, the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) and Community Legal Centres Tasmania (CLC Tas) are deeply disappointed and concerned by the decision of the Meeting of Attorneys-General to develop a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility to only 12 years old.

The Energy Charter Independent Accountability Panel — Aurora Energy

TasCOSS acknowledges Aurora’s commitment to the Energy Charter and the progress it has made against the principles. The past year has continued to present significant challenges and Aurora’s response to supporting customers and staff through COVID-19 is to be commended.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: TasCOSS Conference 2021 to showcase diverse voices of change

More than 135 leaders, industry experts, practitioners and supporters of the community services industry from across Tasmania will gather at Blundstone Arena Function Centre, Bellerive over the next two days to witness an engaging and thought-provoking line-up of speakers at the TasCOSS Conference.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Band-aid measures to curb pokies harm insufficient

Gaming legislation passed in the House of Assembly late last night is not fit for purpose and will not protect at risk Tasmanians from the harms caused by poker machines.

Take Me To Your Board S01E10: Board Effectiveness

Could the ongoing Theranos saga have been avoided with a more effective board? In this episode, Bridget and Cameron unpack the role AICD Not-for-profit Governance Principle 4: Board Effectiveness played in the case of the the Silicon Valley start-up that wasn’t quite what it seemed. Highly experienced board member and Chair of Spirit Super, Naomi Edwards, helps the team assess how a stronger focus on board effectiveness may have exposed the problems overlooked by the Theranos board and helped to mitigate the damage.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmania continues to be the most digitally disadvantaged state in the nation

The release of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2021 shows Tasmania is still the most digitally disadvantaged state in Australia and not enough is currently being done to bridge the divide.

Family Violence Reforms Bill

TasCOSS supports the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to reducing family violence, acknowledging the significant impact family violence has on individuals and communities in Tasmania.