Health Literacy

Health literacy is the knowledge and skills needed to access, understand, and use information related to physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Almost two in three people in Tasmania do not have the health literacy skills to manage their health and wellbeing.  Almost one in three adults with a university degree also do not have adequate health literacy.

How health literate is your organisation? Find out by using the self-assessment checklist. Take action using our tools and other resources.

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Assistance with Energy Costs

Cost of living pressures are set to further challenge Tasmanian households from 1 July 2022, with electricity prices increasing by almost 12%. So, it’s timely to remind you there is support available to assist households with energy costs and to contact your energy provider if you need help paying or managing your bill.

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.

Reducing energy costs will provide a warm glow in winter (Mercury Talking Point, 30/05/22)

The federal and state governments can take important steps to reduce the cost of energy for struggling Tasmanian households, writes Adrienne Picone.

Federal Budget 2022/23 — Responses from our Industry

See below for responses from: National Shelter Mental Health Council of Tasmania Youth Network of Tasmania National Disability Services National Shelter The 2022/23 federal budget continues to ignore the needs of low-income and vulnerable Australians and again fails to invest in social and affordable housing. We are concerned that the only focus in this budget is on measures that provide

Response to Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 

TasCOSS welcomes the development of a National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (2022-32). While TasCOSS and our members support various aspects of the Plan, in particular the principles underpinning it, we believe there are further priorities for action.

Tasmanian Government Departmental Changes

The Premier has announced a raft of Tasmanian Government departmental changes which will impact community service organisations funded through the Department of Communities Tasmania.

*Now Hiring!* FindHelpTAS Project Officer

TasCOSS is looking for a talented project officer to manage the FindHelpTAS website — the largest and most up-to-date online directory of community services in Tasmania — and pursue opportunities for improvement.