The government’s welcome shift towards prioritising investment in people’s health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 recovery is evident in this budget.
The State Government’s commitment, as outlined in the Our Healthcare Future reform agenda, to tackling long-standing health challenges has the potential to improve the lives of Tasmanians living on low incomes and in rural and regional areas of our state.
TasCOSS welcomes the State Government’s announcement that more Tasmanian families will be eligible for the Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) from the 2021 school year.
The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council’s (PESRAC’s) report provides recognition that a key measure of our recovery is improving the wellbeing of all Tasmanians.
The announcement that the Federal Government will move to waive all Robodebts confirms that the system was flawed from the start in subjecting many of Tasmania’s most vulnerable to unfair, impersonal and damaging treatment.
Adrienne Picone will take on the role of TasCOSS CEO following the departure of Kym Goodes in February. She will start work with TasCOSS on 17 June 2020.
The Premier’s announcement demonstrates strong leadership that puts the wellbeing of Tasmanians first and will assist to ensure we are well placed to respond to the challenges we will all face in the months ahead.
TasCOSS strongly supports the Premier’s announcement of a Minister for Strategic Growth and a Minister for Climate Change as part of the cabinet reshuffle today.
Reports released on government services, housing and health show that providing essential services to Tasmanians that improve outcomes is about more than continuing to add dollars to budgets.