TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: 2021/22 State Budget

26 August 2021

The following may be used as direct quotes from Ms Adrienne Picone, CEO, TasCOSS:

  • There are significant initiatives in this budget that will benefit Tasmanians who are experiencing disadvantage in our community, however as important as these dollars are, we need to ensure this funding is making a real and lasting difference to the lives of Tasmanians struggling to get by day-to-day.
  • TasCOSS welcomes the announcement of funding that sits behind our industry’s workforce as announced at the State Election — $3.3 million over three years to address the current skills shortage and create 4,000 new jobs by 2024 to meet rising community demand.
  • This investment in the ‘care economy’ — in the wellbeing of our people — is not only the right thing to do, but will also generate a significant return on investment for government by keeping people well and bringing more money into the state’s economy.
  • Tasmanians have consistently told us that in order to live a good life — a life where they have hope for the future — they need to be able to afford the basics, have a healthy body and mind and a place to call home.
  • Tasmania’s long-acknowledged housing shortage is not getting any better and this budget only plans for a third of the homes we know are needed to address this crisis.
  • TasCOSS looks forward to working with government on the development of The Tasmanian Housing Strategy to create more opportunities for secure and affordable housing for Tasmanians.
  • As welcome as today’s announcements are, the lives of Tasmanians in the most vulnerable circumstances won’t change overnight.
  • As funding is rolled out, we need to measure progress against metrics that actually matter — metrics that measure the wellbeing of our greatest asset: our people.
  • Their voices need to be central as services, programs and supports are rolled out in the coming months.

For more information or to arrange an interview with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone:

  • Lucinda Szczypior, 0438 280 486 or via email.