Federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar and State Housing Minister Roger Jaensch both attended today’s meeting at which Shelter Tasmania and TasCOSS represented the community services industry with a united front.
Keep up to date with TasCOSS’s response and media coverage of the 2019/20 State Budget handed down by the Treasurer on Thursday 23 May 2019.
Congratulations to Alexandra Humphries for winning the TasCOSS Public Service journalism award at the 2019 Tasmanian Media Awards held in Hobart on in Thursday 9 May.
We are calling for a national plan to address the systemic issues that drive youth homelessness and greater investment in affordable housing and social housing.
As we move into the election period, we hope there will considered thought on the massive contributions to GDP volunteering provides and the need to strategically invest in this workforce to ensure government programs are safely and appropriately supported.
The balance of funding is slowly tipping the scales toward prevention and early intervention when in the past this was only a very small proportion of the overall mental health budget.
It continues to be disappointing that the government refuses to listen to the chorus of voices calling for an increase to Newstart allowance. This refusal condemns countless children to abject poverty.
There was nothing new for Tasmania from this Budget for the alcohol and drug sector.
New aged care initiatives announced last night included funding certainty for the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and $2.6 million to support the implementation of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy.
“Affordable housing and social housing, both public and community housing, ain’t fixed.”