Local people know their communities best and know what will make a difference, but don’t always have the resources needed to effect that change.


TasCOSS seeks to speak to Tasmanians in their communities to amplify these vital voices so they are heard clearly by decision-makers and governments.

We want to work with communities to build capacity to take action, initiate and achieve the change they want to see.


Advocacy


Talking Point: ‘Heart’ of the budget is sadly missing (Mercury, 28/05/22)

This week’s budget offered nothing to make the basics more affordable for those on low incomes, writes Adrienne Picone.

Reducing energy costs will provide a warm glow in winter (Mercury Talking Point, 30/05/22)

The federal and state governments can take important steps to reduce the cost of energy for struggling Tasmanian households, writes Adrienne Picone.

COVID-19 FAQs, Policy Templates and Resources

With the Tasmanian border open, information on the COVID-19 case and outbreak management (for business and organisations) has been made available with further resources, including outbreak management plan templates, accessible via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. The updated and simplified COVID-19 safety plan template from WorkSafe Tasmania has also been released, which will help in updating business continuity plans.

Budget demonstrates commitment to doing things differently (Mercury Talking Point, 28/08/21)

Adrienne Picone says the latest Gutwein State Budget has plenty of green shoots, but any real judgment of its effectiveness will be in the months and years ahead.

Too many left out of digital world (The Mercury Talking Point, 17/11/20)

Lift Tasmania off the bottom of the table or we will all pay, says Adrienne Picone.

2020/21 State Budget Wrap-up

The State Government’s welcome shift towards prioritising investment in people’s health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 recovery is evident in this year’s State Budget. However, there remains a heavy emphasis by government on public and private infrastructure such as roads and buildings as a means to short-term economic recovery.

Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council Survey

Help plan Tasmania’s economic and social recovery by telling the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) about your priorities for the future. PESRAC wants to understand the views of Tasmanians about their wellbeing and what they see as important for recovery.

JobSeeker and the Coronavirus Supplement

The current rate of JobSeeker (including the Coronavirus Supplement) is lifting thousands of Tasmanians out of poverty and has allowed families to meet basic household needs and relieve financial stress.