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.

More details in the COTA Media Release


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TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmanians stung with electricity price hike when they can least afford it

The announcement of an 11.88% increase to electricity prices next month is a further blow to Tasmanian electricity customers, with household budgets already under pressure from rising prices and falling real wages.

TasCOSS MEDIA RESPONSE: Fair Work Commission minimum wage increase

TasCOSS welcomes the Fair Work Commission’s $40 (5.2%) increase to national minimum wage and 4.6% increase to modern award minimum wages.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Government confirms higher electricity costs for 130,000 Aurora Energy customers

Today’s Legislative Council Estimates Committee hearing has revealed the Tasmanian Government’s decision to maintain the $40 aurora+ product fee will impose higher electricity charges on 130,000 Tasmanian households and small businesses.

Talking Point: ‘Heart’ of the budget is sadly missing (Mercury, 28/05/22)

This week’s budget offered nothing to make the basics more affordable for those on low incomes, writes Adrienne Picone.

2022/23 State Budget — Responses from our Industry

Read the network of community services industry peaks budget responses.

TasCOSS MEDIA RESPONSE: 2022/23 State Budget

For a government that is committed to leading with heart, and for all the talk on addressing cost of living pressures, there was nothing new in the budget which will have an impact on making the basics more affordable for Tasmanians on low incomes.

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Advocacy groups join forces to call for increased dental funding

Prominent Tasmanian advocacy groups have joined forces with the Australian Dental Association to call on the next federal government to increase long-term funding for the oral health system, with many Tasmanians waiting years or going without dental care due to high costs and limited accessibility. 

TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmanian community services stand up in support of trans and gender diverse people

Ahead of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May 2022), the Tasmanian community services industry is sending a strong message of support and voicing its pride in the diversity of its employees and service users.