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The Future of Tasmania’s Community Services Industry symposium wrap

VOICES OF OUR INDUSTRY: What would your ideal community sector look like?

More than 90 representatives from Tasmania’s community sector banded together at Blundstone Arena Function Centre across two-days to engage in a number of vision-based workshops, each designed to facilitate collaborative thinking. The energy and passion witnessed in the workshops was a reflection of the desire to be change-makers within the community services industry. The workshops focussed on five core themes, namely workforce development, person-centred approach, visibility and funding, place-based services, and governance and leadership. Slido, an effective audience interaction tool, afforded participants the opportunity to respond to live questions during the workshops.

The Future of Tasmania’s Community Services Industry symposium was an important first-step towards the development of a comprehensive 10-year industry plan in partnership with the Tasmanian Government. Based on the wealth of input and responses gathered from participants over the two-days we now have a clearer idea of the scope and priorities of the plan and the key areas we must focus on to address inequality state-wide.

A highlight of the symposium was a presentation from Professor David Hayward and Emma King which reinforced the benefit of a partnership approach to industry planning. The Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) is a collaboration between VCOSS, RMIT, and the Victorian Government working to put Victoria in the box seat ahead of significant change in the delivery of social service. A key takeaway message from the presentation is a unified and diverse community services industry in Tasmania will strengthen the capacity to effect meaningful change that impacts the lives of all Tasmanians.