2019 Federal Election Priorities

We need government to reduce poverty and inequality in our society so that everyone can live a fulfilling life.

This election is an opportunity for political leaders to show that they will do this by committing to:

    1. Income support to get through tough times.
    2. Real help to find employment.
    3. A secure, affordable home for everybody.
    4. Quality health and community services for all in need.


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2022/23 Budget Consultation Timeline

The due date for written submissions to the Department of Treasury and Finance relating to the 2022/23 State Budget has been confirmed as Friday 10 December 2021.

TasCOSS Board Nominations 2021

TasCOSS is on the look out for passionate and skilled individuals to join our board. 

*Now Hiring!* Community Services Industry Workforce Project Support Officer

Want to help shape the future of the Tasmanian community services industry workforce? TasCOSS is looking for a talented support officer to assist with administrative and project support functions related to the implementation of the Industry Plan.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: New Deloitte report supports call for household energy efficiency upgrades

New analysis by Deloitte Access Economics confirms that investing in energy efficiency upgrades to low income homes will save on household energy bills, deliver vital health benefits, generate tens of thousands of jobs and add billions of dollars to our national economy.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Conference to bring Tasmania’s vital community services industry together

TasCOSS is proud to announce an engaging line-up of speakers for its upcoming State Conference, featuring writer, speaker and appearance activist, Carly Findlay OAM and futurist and business advisor, Bernard Salt AM.

*Now Hiring!* Community Services Industry Workforce Project Manager

Want to help shape the future of the Tasmanian community services industry workforce? TasCOSS is looking for a talented project manager to drive change and help bring the ten-year Industry Plan vision to life.

Regional Telecommunications Review 2021 — Issues Paper

Tasmania’s ADII score and the PESRAC Final Report findings provide a strong argument for the need to improve Tasmania’s digital infrastructure network. They also point to the need to invest in digital skills and for measures that increase digital affordability.

COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: Starting a Conversation with Staff

If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations within your organisation. To this end, we’ve jotted down some ideas to start a conversation with your staff below.

FAQs for Employers: Mandatory Vaccinations for Workers in Health Care Settings

Please note: the following responses were provided to TasCOSS by the Department of Health.  Are COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for community service workers who are providing social supports in a community-based setting (not a traditional medical or health service)? Examples of services can include mental health counselling, sexual assault and family violence support, child and family support, youth work and alcohol and other

Workplaces (Protection of Business and Workers) Bill 2021

TasCOSS does not support the Workplaces (Protection of Business and Workers) Bill 2021 or the proposed amendments contained within the Bill.

OPCAT Implementation Bill 2021

TasCOSS does not support establishing the Custodial Inspector as a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) and we urge the Tasmanian Government to consider alternative models that incorporate the expertise of civil society organisations.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Landmark Industry Plan maps path forward for community services in Tasmania

In an important milestone, The Tasmanian Government and the community services industry have released a ten-year Community Services Industry Plan (2021-2031) to guide industry development, recruit and train our growing workforce and to futureproof the delivery of much-needed services to Tasmanians in need.

State Budget summary (Seven Tasmania News, 26/08/21)

State Budget summary (WIN News Tasmania, 27/08/21)

Budget demonstrates commitment to doing things differently (Mercury Talking Point, 28/08/21)

Adrienne Picone says the latest Gutwein State Budget has plenty of green shoots, but any real judgment of its effectiveness will be in the months and years ahead.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: 2021/22 State Budget

There are significant initiatives in this budget that will benefit Tasmanians who are experiencing disadvantage in our community, however as important as these dollars are, we need to ensure this funding is making a real and lasting difference to the lives of Tasmanians struggling to get by day-to-day.

Take Me To Your Board S01E09: Roles and Responsibilities

Every single member of a board needs to have a deep understanding of the responsibilities of their role for the organisation to run effectively. In this episode, Bridget and Cameron enlist the help of one of the state’s most experienced board members and the Director of Environment, Development and Community at Kingborough Council, Dr Katrena Stephenson, to look at the Australia Post Cartier watch saga and discuss the expectations all new and aspiring board members should be aware of before deciding to take a seat at the table.

Gaming Control Amendment (Future Gaming Market) Bill 2021

The Gaming Control Amendment (Future Gaming Market) Bill 2021 represents a unique opportunity to enact sound public policy in relation to gaming in Tasmania. In particular, it represents an opportunity to review to what degree the gaming market model benefits the Tasmanian economy and society and to what degree it is consistent with a ‘health-in-all policies’ approach to public policy.

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Consistent Waiting Periods for New Migrants) Bill 2021

TasCOSS opposes the Bill because it denies basic support to single parents, carers, new parents and children, without which many would have no income at all. It imperils the financial security of thousands in the middle of a pandemic which continues to affect people’s ability to put a roof over their heads and food on the table.