In these times of uncertainty and challenge, we have a responsibility to build a strong community services industry that will serve the next generations of Tasmanians to keep them safe and well.
The community services industry is central to building the resilience of Tasmanians and our communities to withstand various kinds of disruptions and crises. Its approximately 28,000 workers and 46,900 (formal) volunteers work hard to make sure that when Tasmanians call on them, they can provide appropriate, timely and effective support.
TasCOSS’s 2024/25 Budget Priorities Statement, Industry Sustainability: A Proposal for a Strong Community Services Industry to Keep Tasmanians Safe and Well, responds to the multiple challenges affecting Tasmanians and the industry that supports them. The COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, combined with the widescale reform required to safeguard and uphold the rights of adults and children, have illustrated the need for an industry-level response to ensure community services organisations are adequately resourced, and appropriately trained and governed.
TasCOSS seeks investment of $4.7 million over six years in the areas of safeguarding and rights, workforce planning and development, and governance.