TasCOSS Members and the Looming State Election

Kym Goodes, CEO 

We’re expecting the State Election to be officially called soon, potentially making it an early March 2018 election day and giving TasCOSS and its Members five or six  weeks to cap off our ongoing advocacy on issues we will want in front of the next Tasmanian Government.

Our Members have confirmed for us our role in this environment is:

  • to provide support, expertise and advice on issues advocacy
  • to create opportunities to enhance our Members’ understanding of where the various candidates stand on relevant issues,
  • and to advocate for leadership and real improvements for the lives of Tasmanians.

Many of you have already spoken with us about how we can support your efforts to highlight your key issues to the political parties and candidates. If you haven’t please get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can join forces wherever possible.

Following on from partnerships forged in the 2017/18 State Budget process, we are also continuing to work across sectors and peak bodies to maximise the influence of the community service sector and integrate with the work of other bodies with similar and complementary aims and objectives. Our major work in this area and a series of forums providing Member access to party leaders and candidates will be shared with you soon and we look forward to seeing you take the chance to ask the questions that matter most to you.

TasCOSS also continues our work towards our collective Vision of One Tasmania free of poverty and inequality where everyone has the same opportunity. We strive to highlight the potential for this more equal Tasmania to political representatives by encouraging and supporting them to listen to Tasmanians across our State and trust that they know the sort of Tasmania they want to build for future generations.

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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)

Yesterday’s decision by the Morrison Government to pass the JobSeeker bill without amendment and return 30,000 of our fellow Tasmanians to life below the poverty line at the end of March was both callous and short-sighted, writes Adrienne Picone.

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.

Celebrating the Achievements of Women Working in the Community Services Industry — Adrienne’s enews Message (4 March 2021)

As we prepare to mark International Women’s Day on Monday and off the back of what was a very challenging year, it is important to pause, reflect and recognise the long-standing contributions of women working in our industry, who through their work have improved the lives of Tasmanians.

Congratulations to our Award Winners

Congratulations to Jami Bladel and Sarai Lawson who were recognised as inspirational and aspiring leaders in our industry at the International Women’s Day awards virtual event on Thursday 4 March 2021.