Children Aged 4-11 Can Access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July 1

Minister for Human Services
Children Aged 4-11 Can Access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July 1
29 June, 2017


The NDIS will help give young children aged 4-11 years old the ability to participate in the broader community from 1 July 2017, giving them and their care givers more choice and control around their care needs.

The NDIS will no doubt improve these children’s lives, just like it already has for 1877 Tasmanians. Read More

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

Consolidated Fund Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017 (No. 31)

Minister for Human Services, Minister for Women
Consolidated Fund Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017 (No. 31)
Second Reading
Wednesday 31 May 2017


[2.30 p.m.]

Mrs PETRUSMA (Franklin – Minister for Human Services) – Mr Deputy Speaker, I am exceptionally proud to speak on the Hodgman Liberal Government’s fourth budget.  I congratulate the Treasurer for all the hard work that he has put into this Budget because it truly represents a budget that is building Tasmania’s future.

I believe this Budget both reflects that we have undertaken the hard yards over the past three years in government and we are now able to capitalise on and invest in areas of need, whilst at the same time acknowledging that there is still much more that can be done to continue to make Tasmania the best possible state for all of its residents.  Our Budget this year also highlights our goal to lead the nation in health and education, to create a job ready generation, to give our children the best opportunities possible, to have better roads and transport, to take action on the cost of living and the continued investment in essential services, such as public safety and supporting Tasmanians in need. 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

Mandatory Sentencing for Child Sex Offences

Minister for Children
Mandatory Sentencing for Child Sex Offences
Wednesday 3 May 2017


QUESTION

Mr BROOKS question to MINISTER for HUMAN SERVICES, Mrs PETRUSMA [10.50 a.m.]

Can the minister please update the House on the Government’s progress in fulfilling the Hodgman Liberal Government’s election commitment to legislate for minimum mandatory sentences for those convicted of serious sexual offences against children?

ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Braddon for his question and ongoing interest in this important area of law reform. Sexual offences against children are particular heinous and must be condemned in the strongest terms. It is imperative that sentences imposed by the courts in relation to this type of offence are proportionate with the gravity of the crime committed and reflect the strong condemnation felt by the Tasmanian community. 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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