Joint Media Release – Community Services funding

“Many, if not all, Tasmanians will engage with our industry at some point during their lives, accessing services such as early education and care (childcare), alcohol and other drug counselling, mental health support, housing and homelessness services, food relief, aged and disability services, palliative care, and many more.

“In 2024, we are seeking commitments from all political leaders to resource Tasmania’s community services system so it can support Tasmanians with the basics, as well as their participation in work, education and training, and social and caring activities across the course of their lives.”

The Tasmanian Community Services Industry Peaks Network has today launched a Joint Statement of 2024 Tasmanian State Election Priorities, which calls on all political aspirants to place the wellbeing of Tasmanians first by ensuring community services are adequately resourced to meet surging demand.

COTA Tasmania is a signatory to this Statement and is committed to working collaboratively with the sector to highlight the shortfall in current funding commitments to our organisation.
COTA (Council On The Ageing) Tasmania has not received increases to its peak or project funding for several years.
We cannot continue to deliver the programs, projects, stakeholder relationships and advocacy commitments expected of a peak within our existing funding allocation.
It’s time to step up and appreciate the valuable contribution and impact of the community sector.