TasCOSS Media Releases

MEDIA RESPONSE: 2020/21 State Budget

The government’s welcome shift towards prioritising investment in people’s health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 recovery is evident in this budget.

MEDIA RELEASE: Communities hold the key to addressing health outcomes

The State Government’s commitment, as outlined in the Our Healthcare Future reform agenda, to tackling long-standing health challenges has the potential to improve the lives of Tasmanians living on low incomes and in rural and regional areas of our state.

MEDIA RELEASE: Broadening of STAS eligibility welcomed

TasCOSS welcomes the State Government’s announcement that more Tasmanian families will be eligible for the Student Assistance Scheme (STAS) from the 2021 school year.

Investment in wellbeing recognised as essential to COVID-19 recovery

The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council’s (PESRAC’s) report provides recognition that a key measure of our recovery is improving the wellbeing of all Tasmanians.

MEDIA RELEASE: Shameful Robodebt reversed at long last

The announcement that the Federal Government will move to waive all Robodebts confirms that the system was flawed from the start in subjecting many of Tasmania’s most vulnerable to unfair, impersonal and damaging treatment.


Adrienne Picone will take on the role of TasCOSS CEO following the departure of Kym Goodes in February. She will start work with TasCOSS on 17 June 2020.

MEDIA RELEASE: Supporting Tasmanians by supporting our industry

The Premier’s announcement demonstrates strong leadership that puts the wellbeing of Tasmanians first and will assist to ensure we are well placed to respond to the challenges we will all face in the months ahead.

MEDIA RELEASE: TasCOSS welcomes new ministerial positions of Strategic Growth and Climate Change

TasCOSS strongly supports the Premier’s announcement of a Minister for Strategic Growth and a Minister for Climate Change as part of the cabinet reshuffle today.

MEDIA RELEASE: Resetting access to essential services must be the priority for government

Reports released on government services, housing and health show that providing essential services to Tasmanians that improve outcomes is about more than continuing to add dollars to budgets.