Minister for Human Services
Supporting Tasmanians in Need
22 February, 2018


The majority Hodgman Liberal Government is working to continue delivering a brighter future for all, by giving Tasmanians a hand-up in times of need.

Keeping prices down and taking decisive action to address cost of living pressures will continue to be a key priority of a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government, but we’ll also be doing more to help those most in need.

The key to helping those who need support is to work with community sector organisations to deliver better outcomes, which is why we will invest an additional $1.8 million to provide increased food security in Tasmania, including:

  • $700,000 in funding over three years to the Loaves & Fishes Tasmania Project, to provide up to 12,000 nutritious ready-to-eat cooked meals each week for Tasmanians doing it tough;
  • $250,000 per annum for three years in core funding to Foodbank (in addition to our $400,000 over four years commitment in the 2017/18 Budget); and
  • additional funding to Tasmania’s three mobile food van services so they can continue their great work delivering food to the homeless.

As previously announced as part of Stage 2 of our innovative Affordable Housing Strategy, a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will also invest $20 million into purpose-built homes for people living with disability, to meet the projected demand under the NDIS. We will also continue to invest in autism diagnostic services to reduce waiting times.

To assist the community sector to meet the required growth in workforce and skills development, and to strengthen quality and safety of services, a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will also significantly increase core funding to National Disability Services (NDS) in Tasmania to $200,000 per annum for three years, to enable it to continue to identify and prioritise sector development activities to meet the needs of NDIS clients and service providers.

To make sure Tasmania can best respond to the changing environment of the community sector, including the full roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and changes to child safety and out of home care systems, a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will provide TasCOSS with $350,000 over the next two years to fund the development and implementation of a 10-year Community Sector Industry Development Plan, including regional consultations, online public consultation and an industry planning symposium.

As well, our Joined Up Human Services Project has been working to shift entrenched poverty, to help people move out of disadvantage by encouraging resilience over reliance. This project has meant people only have to tell their story once, navigating a maze of human services in the support system, and linking them with a whole range of services such as drug and alcohol counsellors, mental health services, Housing Connect, education and training services.

To keep this momentum going, a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will invest an additional $1 million to ensure more clients can be supported with this unique model over the next two years.

Providing support to those who need it has always been a priority for this Government, and it is great to announce these investments to help those in need in our community. We will continue to provide a range of supports while at the same time building a stronger economy and changing our education system to provide greater opportunity for all Tasmanians to get the skills they need to get a job.

For more information on our Investing in Tasmanians in Need policy go to: http://bit.ly/TasmaniansInNeed.