Rates Exemptions for Charitable Purposes

TasCOSS has been continuing our advocacy for a consistent interpretation and application of the exemption from council rates for properties owned and operated for charitable purposes.

This exemption exists under the Local Government Act 1993 and provides necessary support in the form of financial relief to the many charities and not-for-profit organisations in our community that deliver a range of essential community services and supports to those in need.

Through our engagement with members, TasCOSS has identified numerous examples where potentially eligible organisations do not receive a charitable rates exemption from council.  We have presented this information to the Local Government Division and met with them to highlight the inconsistent application of this exemption by councils.

We are continuing to pursue this issue to ensure those organisations entitled to a rates exemption for charitable purposes receive it and will resist any attempts by the Government to water down the eligibility of our vital community service organisations.

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Energy Advocacy

TasCOSS is well represented on the Australian Energy Regulators reference committee and has been involved in the national development of the policy.

Policy Submissions

The Policy Team produced submissions across a range of policy areas in 2018/19.

Understanding Digital Inclusion in Tasmania Report

The report was prepared by TasCOSS and funded by the Department of State Growth to inform understanding of the context, data, solutions and key characteristics of low digital inclusion, as well as the foundation knowledge and entry level capabilities required.

Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3)

TasCOSS continues to work as a partner on Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3), an initiative of the Tasmanian Department of Education, which aims to open opportunity for eligible three year old children to participate in free, quality early learning.

Local Government Act Review

TasCOSS CEO Kym Goodes has worked as part of the Project Reference Group to review the legislative framework within which local government operates.