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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Tasmanian Future Gas Strategy — Discussion Paper

TasCOSS is calling for a Future Gas Strategy that phases out fossil gas and supports households in the transition to electrification that leaves nobody behind. This means ending new gas connections, improving household energy efficiency and tackling the barriers to renewable energy-powered homes faced by renters and Tasmanians on low incomes.

TasCOSS 2022/23 Budget Priorities Statement: Family/Sexual Violence Policy Development and Sector Coordination

TasCOSS have put in a funding bid for $834,000 over five years to establish a family/sexual violence policy development and sector coordination mechanism for Tasmania.

TasCOSS 2022/23 Budget Priorities Statement: Digital Consumer Reference Group

TasCOSS has proposed the creation of a Digital Consumer Reference Group to represent digital consumers and support the Tasmanian Government to deliver on its plan for digital inclusion.

Religious Discrimination Bill and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill

TasCOSS strongly opposes both the Religious Discrimination Bill and the proposed changes to the Marriage Act and urges the Committee to reject them. Regarding the Bill, we do not believe any amendments could produce an acceptable piece of legislation and urge the Committee to recommend the Australian Government draft a conventional discrimination bill that simply adds the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religious affiliation, belief and practice to an existing federal discrimination law, without allowing discrimination in the name of religion.

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.

Disability Services Act Review

The disability services landscape is complex and those accessing disability services are some of the most marginalised members of our community. TasCOSS welcomes the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to meaningful reform in this area and encourages the Tasmanian Government to embrace reforms to promote the rights of Tasmanians with a disability.

Tasmanian Sport and Active Recreation Strategy

TasCOSS believe the Tasmanian Sport and Active Recreation Strategy needs to embed principles of access and inclusion to ensure all Tasmanians have meaningful opportunities to participate. We therefore encourage the Tasmanian Government to explore ways of expanding services and initiatives designed for the needs of particular groups, including older Tasmanians, children and youth, women and girls, people with disability and marginalised communities, such as refugees and LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians.

Carer Recognition Legislation Proposal

TasCOSS supports the introduction of legislation which recognises the work of carers, who perform work vital to the healthy functioning of our households, workplaces, communities and our economy.

Take Me To Your Board S01E11: Risk Management

Volkswagen, the German vehicle manufacturer, took a huge risk in 2014 and suffered as a consequence. In this episode, Cameron and Bridget look into this scandal from a risk management point of view with the help of special guest Alicia Leis, Partner (Audit, Assurance & Advisory) at WLF Accounting & Advisory.

The Energy Charter Independent Accountability Panel — Aurora Energy

TasCOSS acknowledges Aurora’s commitment to the Energy Charter and the progress it has made against the principles. The past year has continued to present significant challenges and Aurora’s response to supporting customers and staff through COVID-19 is to be commended.