Election 2018: Our Opportunity to Transform Tasmania

Investing in Tasmanians as a Project of State Significance

TasCOSS challenges the next political leaders of Tasmania to change the economics-only focus of how they measure their own progress—to look beyond columns of numbers and see the riches that lie in each Tasmanian household, each Tasmanian community waiting with enthusiasm to be recognised as worthy of investment.

Every Tasmanian should have the opportunity for a good life—the opportunity to do more than spend each day barely getting by. As our State experiences growing economic prosperity that adds to our already strong community bonds and our progressive attitudes there is little reason anymore for anyone to think of Tasmania as Australia’s ‘mendicant’ State.

Read more about TasCOSS’s Transforming Tasmania Vision 

Read and Compare: TasCOSS & Political Party Policy Areas

Analysis of political party policies on issues of interest to Members is being uploaded as announcements are made. Please note that policy analysis and ratings are not comparative but instead reflect the substance of each policy from a social justice/community sector perspective.

Dive into your area of interest in the categories listed below.

Apprentices & Trainees

These extensions are claimed to support up to 4000 extra trainees and apprentices at a cost of $14.4m.


Evidence does not support the premise that small business payroll tax relief is an efficient jobs-creation spending measure.


While assisting interstate businesses to relocate to regional areas in Tasmania would support much-needed regional development, payroll tax relief is not necessarily the optimal incentive or policy lever.

Peak Body Funding

Measures include annual indexation for DPAC-funded peak bodies.

Neighbourhood Houses

Capital upgrades and increased recurrent funding for Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses.

Community Health & Wellbeing

The Liberals will continue to fund the Grassroots Mental Health programme with NHT and Wellways to provide mental health support through Neighbourhood Houses.

Additional Peak Bodies

Funding for three new Peak Bodies.

Industry Development Plan

The Liberals will fund TasCOSS and a joint committee of sector, peak body, and government representatives to develop a ten-year Community Sector Industry Development Plan.

Men’s Sheds Grants Program

$125,000 per annum for three years to continue the Men’s Shed grant program.

Out of Home Care (OOHC)

Increasing the Out of Home Care age to 21, and providing incentive payments to both foster carers and young people for completing their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE).

Ashley Detention Centre

The Liberals will keep the Ashley Youth Detention Centre open.

Child & Family Centres

The Liberals have committed to build six new Early Learning Hubs, co-locating Child and Family Centre-like services, childcare centres, and K-2 education.

Health & Wellbeing

This policy would make sport and recreational opportunities more accessible for those families who find it hard or impossible to pay registration fees.

Preventative Health

The Liberals have committed $1.1m per annum for preventative health from 2020-2021.

Acute Health

The Liberals’ policies emphasise infrastructure spending in major and regional hospital infrastructure.