The two-day TasCOSS State Conference featured a number of dynamic speakers and brought together CEOs, board members, managers and service providers from across the community service industry and further afield.
TasCOSS worked closely with the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), which represents 85,000 Tasmanians aged 12-25 years, to integrate young people, their unique perspectives and voices to the State Conference program.
Religious Discrimination Bill and Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill
TasCOSS strongly opposes both the Religious Discrimination Bill and the proposed changes to the Marriage Act and urges the Committee to reject them. Regarding the Bill, we do not believe any amendments could produce an acceptable piece of legislation and urge the Committee to recommend the Australian Government draft a conventional discrimination bill that simply adds the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religious affiliation, belief and practice to an existing federal discrimination law, without allowing discrimination in the name of religion.
With the Tasmanian border open, information on the COVID-19 case and outbreak management (for business and organisations) has been made available with further resources, including outbreak management plan templates, accessible via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. The updated and simplified COVID-19 safety plan template from WorkSafe Tasmania has also been released, which will help in updating business continuity plans.
The disability services landscape is complex and those accessing disability services are some of the most marginalised members of our community. TasCOSS welcomes the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to meaningful reform in this area and encourages the Tasmanian Government to embrace reforms to promote the rights of Tasmanians with a disability.
TasCOSS believe the Tasmanian Sport and Active Recreation Strategy needs to embed principles of access and inclusion to ensure all Tasmanians have meaningful opportunities to participate. We therefore encourage the Tasmanian Government to explore ways of expanding services and initiatives designed for the needs of particular groups, including older Tasmanians, children and youth, women and girls, people with disability and marginalised communities, such as refugees and LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians.
TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmania’s nation-leading anti-discrimination protections under threat
TasCOSS is urging all Tasmanian politicians to stand up and speak out against the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill currently before Parliament, which if passed will override Tasmania’s nation-leading anti-discrimination laws, cause considerable harm and division in the community, and put vulnerable children at risk.
Volkswagen, the German vehicle manufacturer, took a huge risk in 2014 and suffered as a consequence. In this episode, Cameron and Bridget look into this scandal from a risk management point of view with the help of special guest Alicia Leis, Partner (Audit, Assurance & Advisory) at WLF Accounting & Advisory.
TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Governments ignore advice on raising the age, let down Tasmanian families and children
TasCOSS, the Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) and Community Legal Centres Tasmania (CLC Tas) are deeply disappointed and concerned by the decision of the Meeting of Attorneys-General to develop a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility to only 12 years old.
The Energy Charter Independent Accountability Panel — Aurora Energy
TasCOSS acknowledges Aurora’s commitment to the Energy Charter and the progress it has made against the principles. The past year has continued to present significant challenges and Aurora’s response to supporting customers and staff through COVID-19 is to be commended.
TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: TasCOSS Conference 2021 to showcase diverse voices of change
More than 135 leaders, industry experts, practitioners and supporters of the community services industry from across Tasmania will gather at Blundstone Arena Function Centre, Bellerive over the next two days to witness an engaging and thought-provoking line-up of speakers at the TasCOSS Conference.
Could the ongoing Theranos saga have been avoided with a more effective board? In this episode, Bridget and Cameron unpack the role AICD Not-for-profit Governance Principle 4: Board Effectiveness played in the case of the the Silicon Valley start-up that wasn’t quite what it seemed. Highly experienced board member and Chair of Spirit Super, Naomi Edwards, helps the team assess how a stronger focus on board effectiveness may have exposed the problems overlooked by the Theranos board and helped to mitigate the damage.