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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Assistance with Energy Costs

Cost of living pressures are set to further challenge Tasmanian households from 1 July 2022, with electricity prices increasing by almost 12%. So, it’s timely to remind you there is support available to assist households with energy costs and to contact your energy provider if you need help paying or managing your bill.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Auditor-General highlights the Tasmanian Government’s fragmented approach to digital inclusion is failing

The latest Report of the Auditor-General highlights a glaring lack of action on closing the digital divide, despite continued warnings from TasCOSS, community groups and industry that Tasmania must lift off the bottom of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) by improving our digital access, affordability and skills.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmanians stung with electricity price hike when they can least afford it

The announcement of an 11.88% increase to electricity prices next month is a further blow to Tasmanian electricity customers, with household budgets already under pressure from rising prices and falling real wages.

TasCOSS MEDIA RESPONSE: Fair Work Commission minimum wage increase

TasCOSS welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s $40 (5.2%) increase to national minimum wage and 4.6% increase to modern award minimum wages.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Government confirms higher electricity costs for 130,000 Aurora Energy customers

Today’s Legislative Council Estimates Committee hearing has revealed the Tasmanian Government’s decision to maintain the $40 aurora+ product fee will impose higher electricity charges on 130,000 Tasmanian households and small businesses.

Talking Point: ‘Heart’ of the budget is sadly missing (Mercury, 28/05/22)

This week’s budget offered nothing to make the basics more affordable for those on low incomes, writes Adrienne Picone.

2022/23 State Budget — Responses from our Industry

Read the network of community services industry peaks budget responses.

TasCOSS MEDIA RESPONSE: 2022/23 State Budget

For a government that is committed to leading with heart, and for all the talk on addressing cost of living pressures, there was nothing new in the budget which will have an impact on making the basics more affordable for Tasmanians on low incomes.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Advocacy groups join forces to call for increased dental funding

Prominent Tasmanian advocacy groups have joined forces with the Australian Dental Association to call on the next federal government to increase long-term funding for the oral health system, with many Tasmanians waiting years or going without dental care due to high costs and limited accessibility. 

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmanian community services stand up in support of trans and gender diverse people

Ahead of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May 2022), the Tasmanian community services industry is sending a strong message of support and voicing its pride in the diversity of its employees and service users.

Reducing energy costs will provide a warm glow in winter (Mercury Talking Point, 30/05/22)

The federal and state governments can take important steps to reduce the cost of energy for struggling Tasmanian households, writes Adrienne Picone.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Rental affordability snapshot highlights rental crisis in Tasmania

Anglicare’s 2022 Rental Affordability Snapshot for Tasmania has highlighted the depth of the rental crisis the state is facing, releasing figures showing Tasmanians on low incomes have little hope of securing a private rental.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Consumer and business advocates call for fairer electricity prices

Advocacy groups say more than $20 million in electricity charges could be saved, providing relief for Tasmanians struggling to pay high energy bills in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

MEDIA RELEASE: TasCOSS unveils 2022 Federal Election Tasmania Package

TasCOSS today released its 2022 Federal Election Tasmania Package (PDF, 3.28MB), which focusses on key policies and programs to combat rising cost of living pressures and provide much needed relief to Tasmanian families.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: 2022/23 Federal Budget Initial Analysis

This Federal Budget appears focused on temporary measures that put money into voters’ pockets between now and the election, rather than addressing the structural issues that create cost of living pressures on households. 

Federal Budget 2022/23 — Responses from our Industry

See below for responses from: National Shelter Mental Health Council of Tasmania Youth Network of Tasmania National Disability Services National Shelter The 2022/23 federal budget continues to ignore the needs of low-income and vulnerable Australians and again fails to invest in social and affordable housing. We are concerned that the only focus in this budget is on measures that provide

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Temporary cost of living relief welcome, but long-term strategy required

TasCOSS laud the Tasmanian Government’s decision to make public transport free for five weeks and provide relief to community service organisations at the bowser, yet warn such temporary initiatives must be accompanied by a long-term strategy to reduce the cost of living pressures facing Tasmanians families.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Commonwealth urged to stump up funding for oral health

TasCOSS are calling for the Commonwealth to provide increased, long-term funding for the oral health system with many Tasmanians currently going without care due to accessibility and cost.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Call for Tasmanians to contribute to innovative project to promote the voices of lived experience

An innovative new partnership is calling on Tasmanians to have their say on the creation of a lived experience platform, which aims to create paid opportunities for Tasmanians living on low incomes to make their voices heard.

Response to Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 

TasCOSS welcomes the development of a National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (2022-32). While TasCOSS and our members support various aspects of the Plan, in particular the principles underpinning it, we believe there are further priorities for action.