The 12 months between July 2019 and June 2020 were a time of change, disruption and challenge for Tasmanians, the community services industry and TasCOSS. Adrienne Picone, former CEO of Volunteering Australia, took on the role of TasCOSS CEO in mid-June 2020 following the departure of Kym Goodes in February 2020.
This year’s Annual Report captures the strength, adaptability and resilience of our industry and the way in which TasCOSS supported our members to respond to increased need and service gaps. Hear firsthand from TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone and navigate to your areas of interest using the links on the timeline below.
TasCOSS welcomed 2019/20 with the presentation of its Employer of Choice Award, an achievement of one the key strategic actions for the organisation as set out in the TasCOSS Strategic Plan 2016-2021.
TasCOSS’s Community Sector Development work focusses on collaboration on continuous improvement of systems, services and skill development across the community services industry workforce. We are particularly focussed on keeping our clients at the centre of all we do.
In early March 2020, as it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic was going to have extreme effects across Tasmanian communities, the state’s community services organisation moved into action, enacting crisis and pandemic plans, identifying gaps in services and emerging needs.
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.
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.