The Tasmanian community sector is a significant industry and employer within the Tasmanian economy, employing approximately 10,000 people. The output of the health care and social assistance sector now represents almost 9% of Tasmania’s gross state product, making it the State’s second largest sector after agriculture, forestry and fishing.
Eleven peak bodies working within this sector have collaborated on a submission to the Tasmanian government highlighting where they believe spending should be focused in the 2017-2018 budget. With multiple state and federal government reform agendas going ahead, it is an important time for the Tasmanian Community sector to work together for the betterment of the entire sector.
The first of two recommendations from the Tasmanian Community Sector Peak Body Network is the development of a Tasmanian Community Sector Industry Plan. The development of a clear plan and framework will enable the community sector and state government to transition effectively through this period of national change, and ensure resources are most effectively used throughout the community sector. Budget recommendations are $300,000 for research analysis and development of the Industry Plan, and a further $1,000,000 to support the transition and implementation of new models and approaches in line with the current and emerging reform agendas.
The second recommendation is for the State government to provide indexation of funding on all Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) grant deeds, the goal being equity of funding to ensure strong and sustainable community sector peak bodies. Currently DHHS provides indexation but DPAC does not. The budget recommendation is $2,500–$11,500 for each organisation based on indexation being delivered at current calculations.
The Tasmanian Community Services Peak Network will continue to work closely with government to guide and provide the Tasmanian community sector with the range of services and support it requires in the next ten years.
The full, four page submission can be downloaded here. The Peak Network member organisations are as follows: