2017/2018 Budget priorities

The TasCOSS Budget Prorities Statement 2017/18 presents a challenge to Government – a different way of working together for solutions to growing economic and social inequities.  We know that solutions and innovation are sitting within our communities and there is a genuine desire to co-design and work together to achieve change.
Overall TasCOSS proposes:

  • The co-design of a Community Innovation and Investment Framework
  • Work with communities to build their capacity to have a voice
  • The trialling of community-driven solutions – initially focussing on employment
  • A regional trial to understand how local actions can address transport disadvantage and unemployment
  • Allocation of a Community Innovation and Investment resource to enable action

This year, TasCOSS also worked collaboratively with both the Community Sector Peak Bodies Network and a wider group of Tasmanian Peak Sector Organisations to develop two additional Budget Priorities Statements.

The Tasmanian Community Sector Peak Body Network Budget Priorities Statement 2017/18  provides a shared Tasmanian Government Priority statement for the Tasmanian Community Services Peak Network who work collaboratively to support the needs of the Tasmanian not for profit sector and population groups of interest.

The Joint Statement of Aspirations for Tasmanian Peak Sector Organisations partners include the Council on theAgeing (COTA), Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), Aged & Community Services Tasmania,  Master Builders Tasmania and the Tasmanian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance. This ground-breaking document demonstrates the strength of cross-sector partnerships and our shared vision for Tasmania to Government.


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From Emergency Food Relief to Food Security Discussion Paper

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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.

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

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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.

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.