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 MEDIA RELEASE: Welcome relief with electricity costs for households

The announcement by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (TER) that household electricity prices will fall by 7.11% next month couldn’t come soon enough for Tasmanians grappling with mounting cost of living pressures.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: COSS directors call for national action to raise the age of criminal responsibility

The Council of Social Services (COSS) directors jointly call on Commonwealth, state and territory governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age.

Grocery Unit Pricing Code Review

Effective unit pricing is a consumer protection measure that is vital to the many thousands of Tasmanians who have low numeracy and/or literacy and live in poverty or on inadequate incomes.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Winter chill prompts calls to improve household energy efficiency and lower power bills

With the winter chill well and truly blanketing the state, TasCOSS is calling on the State Government to improve energy affordability for Tasmanians and provide increased support for households to lower their electricity bills.

Access Support for your Energy Costs

With the end of June fast approaching, it is a timely reminder to households that electricity disconnections can recommence as a further tranche of COVID-19 protections are removed.

The Value of a Safe, Warm and Stable Home — Adrienne’s enews Message (10 June 2021)

With winter upon us, the significance of a safe, warm and stable home to lay your head at night really hits home, writes TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone.

Goanna Report for TasCOSS on Tasmanian Residential Electricity Prices

TasCOSS commissioned a report to compare Tasmania’s residential electricity prices with those elsewhere on the mainland. This report and previous research confirm that investing in household energy efficiency will improve energy affordability and reduce power bills for Tasmanians.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Job Ready Fund to provide Tasmanian job seekers with practical support to enter the workforce

Today’s announcement by the State Government to partner with Searson Buck to provide Tasmanians with the essential tools and accreditation they need in order to gain meaningful, secure employment will be of great benefit to job seekers looking for a way into the workforce.

TasCOSS Submissions on Climate Change

While all Australians are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, the impacts of climate change are and will be felt inequitably and will drive social inequality in the future. Mitigating future climate change and adaptation to ongoing climate changes are therefore social justice issues, particularly for young Tasmanians.

TasCOSS MEDIA RESPONSE: 2021/22 Federal Budget Initial Analysis

This budget provides welcome recognition that the health and wellbeing of our population underpins a healthy economy, not the other way round.

Rodney Greene, Organisation (North/North-West)

TasCOSS Board Member

2021 State Election Joint Statement on Poker Machines in Tasmania

Poker machines are designed to be addictive and are recognised as a potentially dangerous product. Figures show Tasmanians lose around $500,000 to poker machines each and every day.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Funding to address community services skills shortage welcomed

The commitment by the Tasmanian Liberal Party, if elected, to partner with the community services industry to address the current skills shortage and create 4,000 new jobs by 2024 to meet rising community demand has been welcomed by TasCOSS.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Securing the future of vital community service organisations

TasCOSS is pleased to see the Tasmanian Liberal Party’s funding commitment for some community services peak organisations which will support the delivery of core services and a number of important initiatives.

2021 State Election Joint Statement on Energy Affordability

Energy is an essential service. It is critical to individual, family and community health and wellbeing, as well as to overall economic activity. All Tasmanians, regardless of their means, have the right to reliable, safe and affordable energy.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmania’s community services peaks call for urgent action on jobs

Tasmania’s community services industry peak bodies are calling for a commitment from all political leaders to partner with the industry to deliver the 4,000 new jobs needed to address increasing community demand by 2024.

Tasmanian Community Services Industry Joint Statement of 2021 State Election Priorities

As the peak bodies representing Tasmania’s community services industry, our vision is for all Tasmanians to have the opportunity to contribute to rebuilding their communities as resilient, healthy, safe and economically vibrant places to live.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Groups join forces to call for closure of Tasmania’s digital divide

The Tasmanian digital inclusion alliance have joined forces to urge all political leaders to commit to policies and actions that improve digital access, affordability and ability to ensure no Tasmanian is left offline.

2021 State Election Joint Statement on Digital Inclusion

Digital inclusion is about making sure everyone can make full use of digital technologies so they can enjoy the social and economic benefits it provides.

2021/2022 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement: Household Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Energy is an essential service — one that is fundamental to community, family, individual health and wellbeing and overall economic activity.