World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Minister for Human Services
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
13 June, 2017


The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to upholding the rights of older Tasmanians to live without exploitation, abuse or fear.

Tomorrow, 15 June 2017, is the 12th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2006. Read More

Youth at Risk Strategy Launched

Minister for Human Services
Youth at Risk Strategy Launched
7 June, 2017


Early intervention and a whole of government approach to helping “at risk” young Tasmanians are the key drivers of a new strategy launched today.

With the Budget back in balance, the Hodgman Liberal Government is able to invest more in services to help those in need, including young people between the ages of 10 and 17 years who can be among our most vulnerable. Read More

Strengthening the Safety and Capability of Our Child Safety Service

Minister for Human Services
Strengthening the Safety and Capability of Our Child Safety Service
7 June, 2017


The Child Safety Service (CSS) is fundamental to supporting families in need and keeping our vulnerable children safe, which is why CSS staff need a safe and contemporary working environment.

Following the recommendations of the Strong Families, Safe Kids report, the Hodgman Liberal Government is investing in a range of actions to strengthen the capability and safety of CSS staff. Read More

Tasmania’s Carol Edmunds wins 2017 Barnardos Mother of the Year

Minister for Women
Tasmania’s Carol Edmunds wins 2017 Barnardos Mother of the Year
11 May, 2017


Congratulations to Barnardos Mother of the Year 2017 Carol Edmunds – the first Tasmanian in eight years to take out this prestigious title celebrating mothers across the nation who are committed to shaping our next generation.

Up against thousands of nominated mothers across the nation, Carol Edmunds took out the award for nurturing her husband’s eight year old sister, who had just lost her mother, raising her as her own thirty years ago. Read More

New Affordable Housing for Dads with Kids

Minister for Human Services
New Affordable Housing for Dads with Kids
26 April, 2017


As part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan, the Government is providing $2.5 million for supported accommodation for dads with kids – the first of its kind in Tasmania.

Recognising there are a growing number of single fathers caring for their children and the importance of supporting these families, the Tasmanian Government is providing specialised transitional accommodation to fill this gap in the housing market. Read More

Affordable Housing Strategy Update

Minister for Human Services
Affordable Housing Strategy Update
13 April, 2017


A key priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government is supporting vulnerable Tasmanians in need which is why we are making a huge investment in affordable housing.

With the Budget back in balance, under Tasmania’s first Affordable Housing Strategy we are implementing our $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan which will deliver affordable housing options for 1600 Tasmanian households over four years, on top of around 1000 families housed each year through Housing Connect and those assisted by Private Rental Assistance which was 3544 households last year. Read More

Recognising Outstanding Business Women

Minister for Women
Recognising Outstanding Business Women
9 April, 2017


Tasmanians are urged to consider nominating outstanding local business women for the Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards.

Now in their 23rd year, the awards not only recognise innovative and exceptional business women, but also help to raise the profile of women in business.

The awards help to breakdown gender stereotypes and encourage girls and young women to pursue their chosen careers and to have the courage to lead.

Those women who have been recognised in the past come from a diverse range of working backgrounds while sharing in common great success in their fields as well as important contributions to Tasmania’s economy and community.

I urge everyone to stand behind our outstanding business women by nominating them for the 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards.

Anyone can nominate a business woman they admire, or of course, business women can nominate themselves, for any of the five Award categories: Entrepreneur Award, For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award, Public Sector and Academia Award, Corporate and Private Award, and Young Business Women’s Award.

Nominations open from Wednesday 26 April and can be completed online at the website or by calling 1800 816 536.

The Tasmanian Awards will be presented on 13 October, with the national awards to follow on 1 December. The website is:  www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com


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Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Minister for Human Services
Youth Homelessness Matters Day
5 April, 2017


Youth Homelessness Matters Day is part of a national campaign to create awareness of, and encourage action on, youth homelessness.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to investing in essential services to support the more vulnerable in the community. Read More

Women on Boards Strategy Working

Minister for Women
Women on Boards Strategy Working
08 March, 2017


On International Women’s Day I am pleased to report on the success of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Women on Boards Strategy.

The percentage of board positions held by women has risen to 40 per cent, up from 33.8 per cent since our Women on Boards strategy was released in August 2015. Read More