The TasCOSS Changemaker: Previous Issues


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Position Vacant: TasCOSS Stakeholder Engagement & Policy Officer

TasCOSS is seeking a Stakeholder Engagement & Policy Officer to lead stakeholder consultation and provide high quality research on energy affordability and other issues impacting on Tasmanians.

Working Together — Key Findings from Conversations with Families: School Transition

TasCOSS is continuing to work as a partner on Working Together (WT) — supporting early learning, 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. We talked with many families throughout the pilot last year, and are again helping to collect and share the voice of family participants throughout 2020.

Take Me To Your Board S01E05: Purpose and Strategy

As outlined in Principle 1 of the AICD Not-for-profit Governance Principles, an organisations purpose must be clear and there must be a strategy that sets out how that purpose will be achieved. In this episode, Bridget and Cameron are joined by the General Manager of Tasmanian Leaders and experienced board member, Angela Driver, to unpack what went wrong with Kodak and discuss how purpose and strategy could have saved the photography behemoth.

New Submission to the TasCOSS Vault

Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group Review

Investment in wellbeing recognised as essential to COVID-19 recovery

The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council’s (PESRAC’s) report provides recognition that a key measure of our recovery is improving the wellbeing of all Tasmanians.

Raise the Rate for Good

The continuing COVID-19 health and economic crises have led to more people than ever struggling to find paid work. For every job available in Tasmania today there are 21 job seekers.

Tasplan International Women’s Day Awards for Excellence 2020

Congratulations to Sue Leitch and Amanda French who were recognised as inspirational and aspiring leaders in our industry at the International Women’s Day awards luncheon on Friday 6 March 2020. 

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

TasCOSS receives funding from the Federal Government Department of Health to provide support to Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers in Tasmania to build their organisational capacity. A steering group representing a range of service types and regions meet quarterly to guide the project.

Training, Leadership and Development Opportunities

TasCOSS offered a suite of exciting and innovative training and professional development opportunities in 2019/20, including a number of leadership and development courses designed to broaden leadership horizons, hone new skills and explore new messaging and communication techniques.

Community Innovation & Investment Project (CIIP)

The Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) is a collaborative approach between TasCOSS, Tasmanian communities, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and the State Government. A partnership enabling community voice and community change across four Tasmanian communities: Derwent Valley, South East, Break O’Day and West Coast.

COVID-19 Preparation and Advice

All TasCOSS Members and community service organisations are encouraged to review their contingency plans to ensure minimal impacts to service delivery continuity and wherever possible, contribute to the recovery of individuals, communities and services.

COVID-19 Safety Plans

TasCOSS undertook significant work to support organisations operating in the community services industry with up to date information, hints and tips for completing COVID-19 Safety Plans. The COVID-19 Safety Planning Series provided advice and assistance to community service organisations around returning to the workplace

Policy Submissions

The Policy Team produced 20 submissions to government consultations across a range of policy areas in 2019/20.

Hooked! Connect, Engage and Inspire with Business Storytelling

Stories and storytelling can inspire, influence, motivate and engage people where logic and bullet points may not. Business storytelling is storytelling with a purpose and for results. TasCOSS partnered with the Local Government Association of Tasmania to facilitate two, half-day informative, practical business storytelling sessions with Yamini Naudu.

Tasmanian Community Fund Partnership/Collaboration Training

The Tasmanian Community Fund partnered with TasCOSS to provide one-day training in partnership building and collaboration at three one-day workshops in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart. Partnership Brokers Australia delivered the training.

Working Together (WT)

TasCOSS continued to engage with some of the families participating in the pilot throughout 2019, including continued contact with some who transitioned to school in 2020, feeding back their voice and experience to the Department of Education.

Change Your Impact

Change Your Impact is an innovative new program for those that work in and with community services that will equip participants with the skills and confidence to emerge as a leader in the workplace.

Policy Conversations

Policy Conversations is an ongoing series of free 90-minute events hosted by TasCOSS. The Policy Conversations series aims to give members of the community services industry opportunities to share information and discuss current state and federal policy issues while also providing a forum to gather input for the industry’s submissions to government on specific issues and other advocacy work.

TasCOSS Membership

TasCOSS represents 10,000 workers and 35,000 volunteers across the community services industry.

Energy Advocacy

TasCOSS negotiated an energy advocate role funded by the three utility companies (Aurora Energy, Hydro Tasmania and TasNetworks). They will provide $255,000 over three years to build a collaborative working relationship between the funders and TasCOSS.