The Co-Design Method & CIIP

TasCOSS believes real change for Tasmanians comes from working with communities rather than on behalf of or above them. This is why we are applying a ‘co-design’ model to the Community innovation and Investment Project (CIIP) to create employment opportunities in communities around the State.

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.

Local people really do know their communities best. The co-design model recognises this and uses it to successfully engage with community to create locally driven solutions.

Co-design steps:

  • Step 1
    Engage directly with local people to find out what ideas they have and what barriers there are to getting work in their region.
  • Step 2
    The common ideas that come out of this consultation are voted on by community members.
  • Step 3
    The community’s ideas are turned into real action to create sustainable change.

Members of the national COSS network including VCOSS and WACOSS have some great resources available about the regarding the key principles and delivery of co-design.

TasCOSS will focus on implementing this model across the four communities involved in CIIP as well as applying co-design principles across our own organisation.


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.

Emerging Voices & CIIP: Empowering Local Change Makers

Emerging Voices helps each and every one of us realise the power of our voice in our community and how we as individuals can shape Tasmania.