TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Securing the future of vital community service organisations

Thursday 22 April 2021

TasCOSS is pleased to see the Tasmanian Liberal Party’s funding commitment for some community services peak organisations which will support the delivery of core services and a number of important initiatives.

TasCOSS CEO Ms Adrienne Picone said the demand for community services had increased exponentially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as financial counselling and emergency relief.

“Funding certainty for community services organisations has never been important than right now. The services our industry provides sustained thousands of Tasmanians through the pandemic and will support thousands of Tasmanians as they seek to rebuild their lives,” Ms Picone said.

“Community services are doing all they can to help Tasmanians in need. However, the reality is resources are stretched and any additional funding, as had been announced, for important programs and initiatives will make a massive difference to the lives of Tasmanians.”

TasCOSS also welcomes the commitment from both major parties to establishing a Commissioner for Disability Services.

Ms Picone said it was vital that Tasmanians living with disability were able to actively participate in their communities and have their voices listened to by senior decision-makers around the issues that impact them.

“A Tasmanian Disability Services Commissioner is a step toward a more inclusive society for Tasmanians living with disability,” said Ms Picone.

“For too long, Tasmanians living with a disability have had to point out time and time again the barriers to participation, such as lack of appropriate facilities and access.

“It is our sincere hope that this new appointment will go a long way to promoting equality, opening up access and educating the broader community around how we can improve disability services across the state.

“While the appointment is a step in the right direction, we look forward to witnessing further funding initiatives and progress with regard to local and national issues of importance to people with disability and their families, such as the NDIS, accessible buildings and transport, access to inclusive education and employment opportunities, access to information and suitable housing.”

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

  • Cameron Allen, 0419 769 253 or via email.