TasCOSS has submitted its Budget Priorities Statement 2014-15 to Treasury. The submission makes 38 recommendations arising from extensive consultations with the Tasmanian community sector. Key issues include affordable housing, the distress caused by high electricity bills, a bigger State Government role in getting people into work, engagement with education and lifelong learning, and the sustainability of the community services sector itself. The BPS, which we hope will guide the policies of the next Tasmanian government in its four-year term, stresses resilience, participation and health and wellbeing as essential to the prosperity of Tasmania.
Read the TasCOSS Budget Priorities Statement or, for a brief summary, the BPS media release.
TasCOSS signatory to letter protesting use of term "illegals"
TasCOSS is proud to be one of 138 organisations calling on the Federal Government to stop insisting that asylum-seekers who arrive by boat be referred to as “illegals” by government staff and contractors. Seeking asylum is not illegal under Australian or international law. Article 31 of the Refugee Convention makes it clear that contracting states, including Australia, must not impose penalties on people who arrive without authorisation to seek refugee protection. The joint letter, coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia and supported by non-government agencies, faith-based organisations and community groups, was sent to the Prime Minister on 6 November.
Read the letter
Standards and Performance Pathways: only 14 top subsidies on subscription left
Standards and Performance Pathways is an online service designed for NGOs that greatly reduces the time it takes to report to funding bodies. To date, 106 Tasmanian organisations have taken advantage of a 60% discount available to the first 120 organisations to subscribe to the SPP. Don't miss this DHHS-subsidised opportunity to slash the time and cost of quality standards and compliance reporting. There are only 14 of the 60% discounts left.
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
National community sector's priorities for Federal Government
ACOSS, the national community sector peak body, has released a statement setting out the community sector's priorities for the first 100 days in office of the Abbott Government, with affordable housing, education, disability, mental and dental health, and community-controlled services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at the forefront. Read Bold Action for a Fairer Future.
Here is a quick guide to the new federal ministries and their responsibilities.
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
TasCOSS analysis of 2013-14 State Budget
TasCOSS has prepared a detailed analysis of the 23 May State Budget. The analysis focuses on areas of interest to the community services sector, funding to the sector itself and to programs and services that affect low-income, disadvantaged and vulnerable Tasmanians. Download the
TasCOSS 2013-14 State Budget Analysis. We welcome comments, corrections and other feedback on the analysis. Contact Kath McLean, Manager, Policy and Research, on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6231 0755.
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.