Older Australians: 2019/20 Federal Budget

The Federal Budget again leaves almost 350,000 job seekers older than 45 years out in the cold by failing to increased Newstart payments.

There are 183,000 people older than 50 on Newstart who have been on Newstart for longer than 12 months. Research shows if you’re unemployed longer than 12 months after age 50, you might not ever return to the workforce, in a large part because of the ageist attitudes of employers.

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TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Groups join forces to call for closure of Tasmania’s digital divide

The Tasmanian digital inclusion alliance have joined forces to urge all political leaders to commit to policies and actions that improve digital access, affordability and ability to ensure no Tasmanian is left offline.

2021 State Election Joint Statement on Digital Inclusion

Digital inclusion is about making sure everyone can make full use of digital technologies so they can enjoy the social and economic benefits it provides.

2021/2022 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement: Household Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Energy is an essential service — one that is fundamental to community, family, individual health and wellbeing and overall economic activity.

2021/2022 TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement: Local People into Local Jobs

The community services industry is the largest employer and the fastest growing industry in Tasmania and at present, the industry requires an additional 4,000 jobs by 2024 just to meet escalating community need.

2021 State Election Priorities — Adrienne’s enews Message (8 April 2021)

The 2021 State Election sees Tasmania poised at a pivotal juncture, a time when our economic and social recovery from COVID-19 hinges on decisive actions from our government. TasCOSS challenges the next political leaders of Tasmania to recognise and address the needs of Tasmanians in shaping this future.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: 2021 State Election priorities

TasCOSS today released its 2021 State Election priorities, focussing squarely on the need for more jobs, affordable housing and improved health outcomes for all Tasmanians.

From Emergency Food Relief to Food Security Discussion Paper

Emergency food relief needs to be seen as part of the broader food system. In some ways, the need for emergency food relief in communities is a sign of failures in that system. Transitioning away from emergency food relief in Tasmania requires attention to and resourcing of building a food system that ensures all Tasmanians have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.