Tasmanians experiencing disadvantage receive support from a diverse range of community services. These services are provided by almost 18 000 local workers and 35 000 volunteers statewide. They work in roles that provide both direct support such as education, child and home care, allied health and organisational leadership and governance like strategic project management and Board membership.
To ensure all Tasmanians have the opportunity to participate in the social and economic life of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government is investing in the development of the community services industry; one of the fastest growing industries in the State.
The Community Services Industry Plan 2021‑2031 is a strategic approach to growing the skills and capacity of community services workers. It provides overarching framework to guide strategic industry planning and development through three strategic priorities: Local Solutions for Tasmanians, Workforce Development and Training and Leading for Impact.
This support to the community services sector also recognises the ongoing road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for targeted investment in the community service industry workforce to meet increased demand for services.
The Tasmanian Government has provided $3.3 million over three years towards the strategic priority Workforce Development and Training to assist meeting the community services industry projections of an additional 4 000 jobs by 2024. The funding will be administered by Department of State Growth.
TasCOSS will partner with government and the industry to deliver this commitment which will form the first implementation tranche for the Community Services Industry Plan.