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Tasmanian Community Sector Peaks Network

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Guide to federal ministries 

Federal ministerial and departmental responsibilities as of September 2013


New sector award

SCHADS pay rates  from the first full pay period on or after 1 December 2013

Resources for employers covered by the Modern SCHADS Industry Award, including frequently asked questions


Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission

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Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery website. On Facebook, Tassie Fires - We Can Help (community-generated page)



Welfare safety net vital, feature by TasCOSS CEO Tony Reidy, The Examiner, 24 February 2014

TasCOSS was one of 138 signatories to a letter sent the Prime Minister on 6 November 2013 protesting the use of the term "illegals" for asylum-seekers who arrive by boat. Seeking asylum is not illegal under Australian or international law. Read the letter 

TasCOSS-Anglicare forum on problem gambling 16 October 2012 video

Stop cuts to Sole Parent Payments. Sign the online petition and support the Single Parents Action Group

Australians for Affordable Housing,





Management Support Online 15 % discount to TasCOSS members.
TasCOSS is the peak body for the Tasmanian community services sector, working for a fair, just and inclusive Tasmania
NFP Leadership series: Outcomes Measurement workshop, 19-21 May

A one-day workshop on Outcomes Measurement will be held in Burnie (Monday 19 May), Launceston (Tuesday 20 May) and Hobart (Wednesday 21 May) as part of the TasCOSS NFP Leadership series.  Cost: TasCOSS members $242, non-member NFPs $352, private/government $825 (GST inclusive). 

Presenters Les Hems and Rebecca Cain, from the Net Balance Foundation, will offer instruction on alternative approaches and best practice for outcomes measurement, how to develop and implement an outcomes framework (including reference to the new DHHS Outcomes Purchasing Framework) and resources and templates to assist you to apply an outcomes approach. The Net Balance Foundation will also provide one hour of phone support to each workshop participant after the event.

Register online: Burnie / Launceston / Hobart

For more information, download an Outcomes Measurement Workshop flyer, or contact Tim Tabart on (03) 6231 0755 or

New State Government's commitments on social and sector policy

TasCOSS welcomes the announcement of Jacquie Petrusma as the new Minister for Human Services, in an expanded portfolio which will also include responsibility for Children. During the state election campaign TasCOSS lobbied for policy commitments that would boost individual and community resilience, education, economic and social participation. These policy recommendations are outlined in our Call to the Parties. We look forward to working with the new State Government as it follows its social policy and sector policy agendas.

If you would like to provide feedback on the TasCOSS state election campaign, please complete this short survey ›

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,


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, or phone (03) 6231 0755.  

Social determinants of health

Tasmania's Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network works to take action on the social determinants of health to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all Tasmanians. The network has a blog, with news and good information about the issues:

For more information or to  join the Social Determinants of Health Advocacy Network, please email

TasCOSS and the Australian Health Promotion Association have prepared 10 fact sheets on the Social Determinants of Health: introduction to the fact sheets / Food / Aboriginality / Education & Literacy / Gender / Health & Social Services systems / Housing / Poverty / Social exclusion / Transport / Work. Here is a 4.8mb combined set of fact sheets. There is also a form to provide feedback. For hard copies of the fact sheets, please contact or phone 6231 0755.

The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a booklet on social determinants of health. Download Social Determinants of Health Solid Facts.


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