TasCOSS Annual Report 2019/20: Policy


TasCOSS works to prepare and shape policy that makes a real, lasting difference and values and respects the diversity of Tasmanians. During the 2019/20 Financial Year, TasCOSS worked to prioritise and innovate in the area of collection and incorporation of lived experience and the voices of Tasmanians within the bulk of policy submissions to state and federal governments. Public consultations with Tasmanians provided a rich resource of firsthand experiences and insights that have raised the quality of our policy work.

The COVID-19 health crisis shone a spotlight on existing cracks, chasms and vulnerabilities in our state and federal systems. Identifying and responding to these challenges were a key focus in the latter part of this year. TasCOSS engaged with members and stakeholders to ensure solutions were developed that supported service users and our community, in particular vulnerable Tasmanians. The lessons learned will inform future policy development and work to ensure the post-COVID-19 recovery rebuilds a better, more resilient Tasmania for all Tasmanians.

Work continued in key areas including energy affordability and the Working Together project that is demonstrating success in understanding and addressing barriers to early years education.

TasCOSS’s Good Life project continued throughout the reporting period. This project asks people ‘What is a good life in Tasmania?’. Hundreds of Tasmanians told us that a good life means more than money. A good life also means: health; connection; learning for life; feeling valued, included and heard; and hope for the future. TasCOSS is integrating these Tasmanian voices into our review of advocacy priorities for 2021.

Consultations throughout the year were also integrated into TasCOSS submissions providing the lived experience in our calls for change, in areas including regulation of gaming markets; housing affordability; digital inclusion; adult learning; harmful sexual behaviours; and local government reform.

TasCOSS also continued its contribution to national COSS campaigns, including the Raise the Rate campaign and activity supporting raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14.

All TasCOSS submissions and reports are available online in The TasCOSS Library (The Vault).



Find out more about what happened in this area during 2019/20:

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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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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Corrections Amendment (Prisoner Remission) Bill 2018

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ACOSS Survey of People on Newstart and Youth Allowance Results

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Policy Conversations Series

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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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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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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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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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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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TCCI Tasmania Report 2019: Social Foreword

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In days of sunshine, shelter Tasmanians from tempest to come (The Mercury Talking Point, 04/12/19)

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COSS Network Statement: Dangerous and outrageous — Councils of Social Service condemn proposed funding cut to national voice for First Nations women on domestic violence

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COSS Network Statement: Political inaction on climate change is hurting our most vulnerable, worsening poverty and inequality

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Developing a Program to Prevent Harmful Sexual Behaviours for Children and Young People: Response to Consultation Paper

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2020/21 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement (Preventing hospitalisations in Tasmania)

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TasCOSS to Open in Support of the #ChangetheDate Campaign

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TasCOSS Welcomes New Ministerial Positions of Strategic Growth and Climate Change

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