TasCOSS launched its state election campaign for the Tasmanian community sector on Wednesday 12 February. We are lobbying for policy commitments that boost individual and community resilience, education, economic and social participation in the lead-up to the 15 March state election. These policy recommendations are outlined in the eight-page Call to the Parties document.
Detailed policy briefs on Call to the Parties recommendations
Promoting Tasmanian interests
What the parties have pledged
Liberals policy announcements
Labor policy announcements
Greens policy announcements
TasCOSS encourages community sector organisations and individuals interested in creating a fairer Tasmania to get involved in the State Election campaign. Let the candidates and parties know about the issues that are important to you and to your clients. Below are some tools to help you run your own campaign – our toolkit includes some lobbying tips, a sample letter and a list of media contacts. We also provide a current list of candidates in all electorates plus their contact details (where we’ve been able to find them).
TasCOSS 2014 election lobbying toolkit
Standards and Performance Pathways: helping NGOs for its second year
Standards and Performance Pathways is an online service for NGOs that greatly reduces the time it takes to report to funding bodies. The TasCOSS Standards and Performance Pathways Portal is now in its second year of operation thanks to continuing financial support from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and generous conditions offered by the Portal provider, BNG NGO Services Online.
Hear Tasmanian users of the SPP talking about the benefits: 48-second video (left) or four-minute video (right).
The TasCOSS SPP Portal is now open. Click here to subscribe. For more information, including subscription costs, see the TasCOSS Standards and Performance Pathways web page or contact Tim Tabart on 6231 0755, email@example.com
TasCOSS submission on boosting employment in Tasmania
TasCOSS was one of 40 organisations that participated in the TCCI-convened Jobs Forum in Launceston on 7 August. TasCOSS suggested several practical ways of boosting employment and job creation in Tasmania:
- Improving the participation of young people in education, including equal access to years 11 and 12 in regional Tasmania.
- Employers actively promoting the 26TEN adult literacy program and addressing the core literacy skills of employees in their workplace practices.
- Promoting a stronger entrepreneurial culture and nurturing social enterprises as a way of creating jobs and providing services in regional and rural communities.
- Expansion of business loan programs such as NILS (No Interest Loans Scheme) that support low-income and disadvantaged people to develop their own small businesses.
Read the full TasCOSS submission to the TCCI Jobs Forum or a summary in our media release
Findings of TasCOSS 2012 indexation survey
A survey to explore the impacts of reduced indexation of DHHS funding on community service organisations has found that, regardless of size, location or service focus area, organisations are finding strategic or long-term planning impossible and the delivery of core services to clients challenging. Download the TasCOSS Indexation Impact Survey 2012 report here. For more information, contact Lindsey Moffatt, Lindsey@tascoss.org.au or phone (03) 6231 0755.