TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Landmark Industry Plan maps path forward for community services in Tasmania

7 September 2021

In an important milestone, The Tasmanian Government and the community services industry have released a ten-year Community Services Industry Plan (2021-2031) to guide industry development, recruit and train our growing workforce and to futureproof the delivery of much-needed services to Tasmanians in need. 

TasCOSS CEO Ms Adrienne Picone said the Industry Plan was immensely significant as it provided a clear, coherent vision — shared by peak bodies, community service organisations and the Tasmanian Government — for the next decade.

“We are very pleased to see the important role the community services industry plays in Tasmania recognised and funded,” Ms Picone said.

“Community services organisations and the services they provide support thousands of Tasmanians to lead more stable, healthy lives.

“Our services have never been more important than right now and the Industry Plan reflects a shared commitment to supporting Tasmanians in every community across the state and building-back a stronger, more equitable society.

“Community services is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Tasmania, employing more than 17,800 local workers statewide in roles ranging from education and childcare, home care and allied health workers, to strategic project managers and experienced CEOs. The industry is also supported by a workforce of around 35,000 volunteers.

“The economic value added by the community services industry in Tasmania is $1.9 billion each year and for every million dollars spent in the industry 17 jobs are generated.” [1][2]

Ms Picone said the need to grow the community services workforce was clear with demand for community services increasing significantly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the full effects yet to be felt.

“The community services industry requires 4,000 new jobs by 2024 to keep pace with demand,” she said. [3]

“To this end, we were pleased to see $3.3 million in funding over three-years to address this skills shortage in the budget, which will form the first stage of the Industry Plan implementation.”

Three strategic pillars underpin the achievement of the vision set out in the Industry Plan, namely; Partnerships, Sustainability and Innovation.

TasCOSS would like to commend the hard work and dedication of the Community Services Industry Plan Steering Committee in bringing the plan to fruition.

For more information, please refer to the Community Services Industry Plan (2021-2031)To arrange an interview with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone contact:

  • Lucinda Szczypior, 0438 280 486 or via email.
[1] National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) 2021 data compiled in economy id, Economic value, value added by Industry.
[2] TasCOSS calculation based on ABS, 2020. Australian Industry, by subdivision.
[3] TasCOSS estimate based off current shortfalls, the growth rate to 2019 and LMIP, 2019 Employment Projections for the five-years to May 2024.