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 March 2019 quarter demonstrate more Tasmanians are waiting for elective surgery, battling underemployment and placed on the housing register today 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 as of 18/07/19
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% 49.0% (–11.3%)
Elective surgery waiting list[3] 7,438 9,426 (+1,988)
Proportion of people deferring access to GPs due to cost[4] 6.9%  8.7% (+1.8%)
Education/Training
TAFE/VET enrolments[5] 63,400 (2015)  54,100 (2017) (–9,300)
School retention rate (Yr 7-12)[6] 68.4%  74.0% (+5.6%)
Jobs[7]
Number of unemployed 18,900 17,900 (–1,000) 
Number of underemployed 25,700 27,500 (+1,800)
Newstart[8]
Number on Newstart 21,149  21,338 (+189)
Housing[9]
Number on housing register 2,054 3,318 (+1,264)
Average wait time for priority applicants 19 weeks 50 weeks (+31 weeks)
Out-of-Home Care[10]
Number of children in OOHC 1,054 1,304 (+250)
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. [6] ACARA. [7] ABS Labour Force 6202.0, trend (monthly). [8] DSS Payment Demographic Data (quarterly). [9] Human Services Dashboard December 2018; Your Health and Human Services Progress Chart, March quarter 2014 (June 2014). [10] Human Services Dashboard December 2018; 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.