People are More Than Economies

A New Way to Understand Tasmanian Communities

TasCOSS has developed a ‘Capitals Framework’ for Sorell and the Derwent Valley to help all partners in the Community Innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) better understand the people and places we’ll be working with before we hit the ground with community consultation.

Data gathered for the Framework helps us understand employment in the area better as well as the less obvious influences on employment like access to childcare and other services.

The Framework looks beyond economic information about an area instead focussing on regional capital in the areas of:

  • Built capital (transport and services)
  • Financial Capital (income, population, employment)
  • Human Capital (early learning, education and training)
  • Social Capital (volunteering and council voting), and
  • Economic Capital.

This mapping provides a clearer understanding of individual communities by using various demographics and a holistic approach.

TasCOSS built the Capitals Framework specifically to capture an overview of the communities we’ll be working with during the CIIP.


Read more about Community Innovation and Investment


Results of the West Coast Region Jobs Consultation

A stand out theme across the whole region was the opportunity to access vacant buildings across the community for various developments and initiatives.

Results of the Break O’Day Region Jobs Consultation

A common theme was the need to find sustainable industries for the winter months and to have training opportunities with local job outcomes attached.

Results of the South East Region Jobs Survey

A common theme was the need to support alternative work models for professionals and to foster creative means of employment.

Results of the Derwent Valley Jobs Survey

A common theme that arose was the need to support the next generation to succeed and prosper in the Derwent Valley.

South East Region Jobs Survey: We Need Your Local Knowledge

We want to help you build a community with strong employment opportunities, to do that we need your input because local people know the south east region best.

Jobs Action: Valuing the People of Tasmania’s West Coast

We have no doubt the people of the West Coast have ideas with the potential to enhance the resilience and vitality of their region and its communities.

Addressing Inequality through Community Capacity Building

By connecting with these communities, facilitating conversations and sharing in the decision-making, we are working together to reduce employment inequality and disadvantage in our State.

The Co-Design Method & CIIP

The co-design model is designed to engage and involve communities during the development and decision making process and this sits at the heart of this Project.