Measuring Progress in Tasmania (2014–19)

TasCOSS’s Measuring Progress in Tasmania (2014–19) table tells the clear story of the increased pace of division and inequality in Tasmania.

The figures released for the June quarter demonstrate Tasmanians are waiting longer to be housed and in greater numbers than when the Hodgman Government came to power in 2014.

TasCOSS will continue to hold the government to account and amplify the voices of low income and disadvantaged Tasmanians. As you read these statistics, remember that each number represents a real person, their lives and families.

For more targeted Tasmanian indicators based on region, take a look at the Measuring Progress in North & North-West Tasmania (2013–19) table.

2014 Latest data
Energy Concessions[1]
Number on energy concessions 88,430

92,863 (+4,433)

Health
Departing Emergency Department (ED) within 4 hours at RHH[2] 60.3% 57.0% (–3.3%)
Elective surgery waiting list[3] 7,438 9,601 (+2,163)
Proportion of people deferring access to GPs due to cost[4] 6.9% 8.7% (+1.8%)
Oral health wait list[2] 15,333 12,113 (–3,220) 
Education/Training
TAFE/VET enrolments[5] 63,400 (2015) 55,700 (2017) (–7,700)
School retention rate (Yr 7-12)[6] 68.4% 74.0% (+5.6%)
Jobs[7]
Number of unemployed 18,900 17,700 (–1,200) 
Number of underemployed 25,700 28,800 (+3,100)
Newstart[8]
Number on Newstart 21,149 20,081 (+1,068)
Housing[9]
Number on housing register 2,054 3,330 (+1,276)
Average wait time for priority applicants 19 weeks 67 weeks (+48 weeks)
Out-of-Home Care[10]
Number of children in OOHC 1,054 1,325 (+271)
Taxable Income[11]      
Proportion of taxpayers earning less than $80,000 p.a. 86.6% 88.0% (2016/17) (+1.4%)
Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) Score[12]
Tasmania
  50.4 58.1  (+7.7)

[1] Energy in Tasmania Report, OTTER. [2] Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart March 2014; Health System Dashboard December 2018. [3] Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart March 2014; Health System Dashboard December 2018. [4] ROGS 2015, 2019. [5] ROGS; NCVER 2018, Total VET Students and Courses 2018. [6] ACARA. [7] ABS Labour Force 6202.0, trend (monthly). [8] DSS Payment Demographic Data (quarterly). [9] Human Services Dashboard September 2019; Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart, March quarter 2014 (June 2014). [10] Human Services Dashboard September 2019; Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart, March quarter 2014 (June 2014). [11] ATO Taxation Statistics. [12] Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2014; Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2018.

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Tackle poverty like road safety (The Mercury Talking Point, 18/10/19)

Kym Goodes says reducing entrenched, generational poverty requires leadership.

Kym’s enews Message — 17 October 2019

Our Federal Government is making a choice, and that choice is to to keep 120,000 Tasmanians living in poverty. Solving entrenched Tasmanian issues such as poverty is not simple, but it is possible, and to do so we must prioritise addressing the barriers which reinforce it.

Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3)

The Department of Education has completed a review of the Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3) pilot to which TasCOSS contributed findings from our conversations with participating families.

Anti-Poverty Week 2019 Events in Tasmania

Anti-Poverty Week supports the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take collective action to end it. Find out more and register for a Anti-Poverty Week 2019 event in your area.

2018 Tasmania Report: Time to Turn it Around

The potential of one-quarter of our people to participate in the social and economic opportunities our state offers and to live a good life is denied them by barriers that are not of their making. Turning that around would be a game-changer for the future of our state.

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