TasCOSS Annual Report 2019/20: Challenge & Change


TasCOSS’s communications and advocacy programs work to hold governments to account and lead public debate. Human Rights sit at the basis of all TasCOSS activity and the organisation models respectful, compassionate and constructive discussion as it challenges systems, behaviours and attitudes.

Activity in this area during the reporting period included:

The problems in our hospital systems won’t be solved in our hospitals. TasCOSS’s Preventing hospitalisations in Tasmania 2020/21 Budget Priorities Statement proposed a workable solution to some of the pressure currently felt in our hospital system through the improvement of primary health care availability to Tasmanians living on low incomes.

The 2019 Tasmania Report, published in partnership between TasCOSS and the TCCI, highlighted the robustness and accelerating growth of  the state’s community services industry and the increasing need for health and allied health support services for our aging population.

The end of the cruel and illegal Robodebt recovery program that the Federal Government had used to victimise Newstart recipients since late 2015. TasCOSS’s four year campaign against Robodebt was a key contributor to this advocacy work, raising awareness of the shameful program at all levels of government. TasCOSS’s submission to the 2019 Federal Government Senate Inquiry into Newstart and Related Payments included stories of the lived experiences of Tasmanians struggling to make ends meet.

The Federal Government’s decision to waive Tasmanian housing debt repayments: the successful culmination of 14 years of advocacy by a broad range of stakeholders including media outlets, consecutive state governments and representatives of peak bodies and organisations across and beyond the community service industry.



TasCOSS enews: Previous Issues

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Federal tax cuts will cost Tasmania millions every year (The Mercury Talking Point, 28/06/19)

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Developing a Permanency Framework for Children and Young People in the Child Safety System

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Understanding Digital Inclusion in Tasmania Report on Research Findings

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2020/2021 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement (Community Services Industry Joined Up recovery Proposal)

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TasCOSS How To Library

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Community Joint Statement for Healthy Affordable Homes

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TasCOSS Endorses Report on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Joint Statement on Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples

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Corrections Amendment (Prisoner Remission) Bill 2018

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ACOSS Survey of People on Newstart and Youth Allowance Results

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Call for Input: Senate Inquiry into Newstart

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Power$mart Businesses Program for Community Organisations

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Draft Tasmanian Adult Learning Strategy 2019-2022

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Social and Economic Impact Study into Gambling in Tasmania Terms of Reference

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Joint Statement: Stop the Debt Trap!

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COSS Network Statement: Supporting the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status in the 2021 Census

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Tasmanian Law Reform Institute on Legal Recognition of Sex and Gender

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COSS Network Statement: Climate

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Kym’s enews Message — 5 September 2019

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Federal Housing Debt Relief

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Senate Inquiry into Newstart and Related Payments

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Understanding Digital Inclusion in Tasmania Report

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Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into Centrelink’s Compliance Program

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2019 Women in Leadership Panel Events

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State Conference 2019

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Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework — Reform Directions Paper

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Australian Energy Regulator Values of Customer Reliability Surveys

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Unlock the last quarter of Tasmania (The Mercury Talking Point, 04/12/18)

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Community Innovation and Investment Project

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Anti-Poverty Week 2019 Events in Tasmania

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Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3)

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Kym’s enews Message — 17 October 2019

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Tackle poverty like road safety (The Mercury Talking Point, 18/10/19)

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Budget Priorities Submissions Support for Members

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Kym’s enews Message — 31 October 2019

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Our state’s economic boom can be positive but only if the spoils are shared with all (The Mercury Talking Point, 04/11/19)

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Kym’s enews Message — 14 November 2019

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Expressions of Interest — Tasmanian Employment Partnership Break O’Day Projects

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ACOSS Media Release: Call to cut energy bills for people on low incomes while acting on climate change

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