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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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.

2021/2022 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement: Local People into Local Jobs

The community services industry is the largest employer and the fastest growing industry in Tasmania and at present, the industry requires an additional 4,000 jobs by 2024 just to meet escalating community need.

2021 State Election Priorities — Adrienne’s enews Message (8 April 2021)

The 2021 State Election sees Tasmania poised at a pivotal juncture, a time when our economic and social recovery from COVID-19 hinges on decisive actions from our government. TasCOSS challenges the next political leaders of Tasmania to recognise and address the needs of Tasmanians in shaping this future.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: 2021 State Election priorities

TasCOSS today released its 2021 State Election priorities, focussing squarely on the need for more jobs, affordable housing and improved health outcomes for all Tasmanians.

From Emergency Food Relief to Food Security Discussion Paper

Emergency food relief needs to be seen as part of the broader food system. In some ways, the need for emergency food relief in communities is a sign of failures in that system. Transitioning away from emergency food relief in Tasmania requires attention to and resourcing of building a food system that ensures all Tasmanians have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

PESRAC Final Report: TasCOSS Insights

The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) Final Report makes a wide range of recommendations that could help ensure thousands of Tasmanians have the support and opportunities they need to live a good life after COVID-19.

MEDIA RESPONSE: Tasmanian Liberal’s Local Jobs For Local People policy announcement

The Tasmanian Liberal’s election commitment to establish additional local job hubs and expand the Northern Employment and Youth Connectors pilot for existing job hubs is a welcome step towards improving job outcomes in our state.

Paltry Rate of JobSeeker a Handbrake on our Social and Economic Recovery — Adrienne’s enews Message (19 March 2021)

Yesterday’s decision by the Morrison Government to pass the JobSeeker bill without amendment and return 30,000 of our fellow Tasmanians to life below the poverty line at the end of March was both callous and short-sighted, writes Adrienne Picone.

Bail Bill 2021

The proposed Bail Bill 2021 represents an alarming departure from the human rights-based and long-standing legal principle that bail should be granted as the default, with only limited circumstances justifying refusal. If enacted, it will disproportionately affect people who are already in vulnerable circumstances and will place yet more pressure on a criminal justice system that is already under strain.

MEDIA RELEASE: PESRAC Final Report — A First Look

TasCOSS welcomes today’s release of the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Council (PESRAC) Final Report and the State Government’s commitment to accept all 52 recommendations contained within.

Legislative Council Inquiry into Rural Health Services

Our vision and recommendations for Tasmania’s statewide health care system focus on digital inclusion as an enabler of telehealth and other remote health care delivery systems, and the growing need to engage in meaningful consumer and community consultation to inform current and ongoing performance and reforms.

Draft Renewable Energy Coordination Framework

TasCOSS welcomes the clear commitment to Tasmania’s renewable energy future laid out in the framework. We support the aspiration to partner with communities to ensure mutual benefits for all stakeholders concerned with and impacted by the actions under the framework, and for all Tasmanians more broadly.

Senate Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Bill 2021

TasCOSS believes that the proposed new rate of JobSeeker and related payments will, just like the former Newstart payment, trap people in poverty and make it more difficult for them to engage in education, training and employment.

Celebrating the Achievements of Women Working in the Community Services Industry — Adrienne’s enews Message (4 March 2021)

As we prepare to mark International Women’s Day on Monday and off the back of what was a very challenging year, it is important to pause, reflect and recognise the long-standing contributions of women working in our industry, who through their work have improved the lives of Tasmanians.

Congratulations to our Award Winners

Congratulations to Jami Bladel and Sarai Lawson who were recognised as inspirational and aspiring leaders in our industry at the International Women’s Day awards virtual event on Thursday 4 March 2021.

Change Your Impact 2021 CHSP Scholarship

TasCOSS are excited to announce several fully funded scholarships for those working in CHSP are available to participate in Change Your Impact 2021. These scholarships meet the full cost of participation $638 (incl. GST).

Community Services Leadership Course CHSP Scholarship

TasCOSS are excited to announce several fully funded scholarships are available for those working in CHSP to participate in the Community Services Leadership Course. These scholarships meet the full cost of participation $990 (incl. GST).