• All
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • Centrelink
  • Child Protection
  • Consumer Engagement
  • Cost of Living
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Disability
  • Discussion paper
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Education
  • Electricity
  • Employment
  • Food Security
  • Gambling
  • Health
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Justice
  • Legal
  • Mental Health
  • Oral health
  • Poker Machines
  • Poverty
  • Refugees
  • Reports
  • Service Provision
  • State Budget
  • Submissions
  • Transport
  • Utilities
  • Water and Sewerage
  • Young People

This report documents the prevalence and experiences of Tasmanian parents who have children repeatedly removed by Child Safety Services, with removal of a child followed by a subsequent pregnancy, further court proceedings and another removal at or shortly after birth or during infancy. This tragic cycle can be repeated a number …

In the course of SARC’s consultations on housing issues for vulnerable Tasmanians, Anglicare Tasmania community support workers highlighted regularly seeing parents who have had their children removed by Child Safety Services and are working towards family reunification. With their limited income and in a competitive Tasmanian housing market, parents were …

This research examines the experience of accessing and interacting with Centrelink for both clients and staff of Anglicare community service organisations in three different jurisdictions – Southern Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. Through a survey and face-to-face interviews, the research explores how their interactions with Centrelink affect their lives and …

The Rental Affordability Snapshot is an annual look at the extent to which residential properties in Tasmania are affordable and appropriate for people living on low incomes. On one weekend in March 2018, SARC collected information on all the properties advertised as available for rent across the state and worked out whether people on …

Anglicare encourages the State Government to invest in resources, systems and services that will enable Tasmanians to participate fully in shaping their own future. We believe that State Government can make sound investments in the Tasmanian people and strong Tasmanian communities by prioritising: affordable housing that provides a secure and …

This review builds on recent research about the experiences and needs of highly vulnerable teens (aged 10-17) in Tasmania. The review examines how the accommodation needs of unaccompanied children aged under 16 have been articulated and addressed in a number of jurisdictions in Australia.

This supplementary submission provides further evidence that supports Anglicare’s call for the removal of poker machines from hotels and clubs. The Committee requested further information on this issue as a result of Anglicare’s description of what effective harm minimisation might look like for poker machines. We also include a breakdown of Anglicare …

Anglicare believes the most effective way to limit the harm caused from gambling in Tasmania is to remove poker machines from all hotels and clubs across the State. We realise that this review is restricted to reviewing the ten focus areas that are covered by the existing Code. We note, …

Anglicare Tasmania is seeking to have poker machines removed from hotels and clubs in Tasmania and restricted to licenced casinos, the model currently in place in Western Australia. This in the belief that the social harm (and its quantifiable economic costs to the most vulnerable in Tasmanian society) associated with …

This report explores young people’s high vulnerability as a key social justice facing Tasmania.  Foregrounding the voices of highly vulnerable teens whose needs for care have fallen outside of families and between government agencies and non-government services, this report offers insights into the needed shape of immediate and long-term responses. ...

The Rental Affordability Snapshot is an annual look at the extent to which residential properties in Tasmania are affordable and appropriate for people living on low incomes. On one weekend in April 2017, SARC collected information on all the properties advertised as available for rent across the state and worked out whether people on …

The NDIS policy framework and implementation systems are still developing. This is a crucial time to pause and consider how the scheme is being governed, resourced and implemented to avoid the impact of current problems multiplying as the scheme rolls out. With this in mind, Anglicare Tasmania welcomes the opportunity …

Due to Tasmania’s involvement in the NDIS trial since July 2013 and the incremental way the roll out is occurring in this state, the PIR consortium can offer some valuable insights into how the system is working so far for consumers living with complex and severe mental health conditions, their …

This submission is based on Anglicare’s frontline and research experience of working with families at risk of or involved in the child safety system. As well as making some more general points about the proposed ARS model it specifically addresses the majority of the questions outlined in the Advice and …

Enabling Tasmania’s most vulnerable: investing for our future Enabling positive lives for individuals, families and communities requires purposeful cross-government investment and strategies. With this in mind, Anglicare’s Budget Priorities Statement addresses portfolios across a number of State Government departments. Our key message is for government departments to work holistically to …

Programmed to addict: why poker machines should be removed from our communities Anglicare believes that poker machines are a dangerous product and the best approach to protect consumers is to remove poker machines from our communities and improve consumer protection for the machines that would remain in the two casinos. Every time …

Children and young people living in out-of-home care are at an increased risk of poor educational outcomes. At the same time there is growing recognition that engaging foster carers in supporting education has a significant impact on raising aspirations and improving educational attainment. This report outlines the findings from research ...

Transport is an essential service The importance of adequate access to transport is a conversation that has been going on in our communities for many years. This submission is based on Anglicare’s research and on the experiences of our staff across Tasmania, with particular contributions from areas that suffer transport …

Exposure to family and domestic violence may cause trauma for the child and lead to long-term psychological problems. In addition, many children are removed from their families and placed under the protection of the State, which while hopefully providing a safe environment for the child, does not necessarily alleviate the …

For a number of years people with disability, advocacy organisations, service providers and government have identified the absence of a strong disability voice in Tasmania as a significant gap.  The implementation of NDIS and the National Disability Strategy and major changes in the provision of disability services require a disability …

The Rental Affordability Snapshot is an annual look at the extent to which residential properties in Tasmania are affordable and appropriate for people living on low incomes. On one weekend in April 2016, SARC collected information on all the properties advertised as available for rent across the state and worked out whether people on …

The state Government has declared a goal for Tasmania to be the healthiest state by 2025. This is an ambitious goal and Anglicare believes it needs greater commitment than this five year plan allows.

This EMRS poll found that a third of participants knew someone who had experienced problems with gambling on poker machines.

In 2015 Anglicare made two short budget submissions: one focused on the need to remove poker machine gambling from hotels and clubs in Tasmania; and one on the current gaps in support for struggling families and in the basic protection which is offered by out-of-home care.

Every year, on one weekend in April, Anglicare Tasmania collects information on all the properties advertised for rent across the State. Anglicare Australia member organisations do similarly so that we have data from the whole country. We assess whether the properties are appropriate and affordable for people living on low incomes …

This study explores how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can best ensure that people with behaviours of concern are offered choice and control in the emerging disability support market. Using the experiences of two provider organisations – Anglicare Tasmania and Optia – the research examines what is involved in …

This EMRS poll demonstrates widespread support for our ongoing campaign to reduce the harm caused by poker machine gambling.

The Tasmanian Economic Regulator (OTTER) provides valuable oversight of the integrity and fairness of operations of monopoly service providers in Tasmania. This short submission comments on the key proposals of the Review.

This short submission focuses on the impacts of the price determination on Tasmanians on low incomes. It supports the Regulator’s proposal that low-income households be moved immediately to the target tariff.

Anglicare supports the Tasmanian Government’s focus on improving the public health system, including the rationalisation of acute services and managing the health system under one administrative body. However, we are concerned that the Green Paper does not have a particular focus on people on low incomes or people with chronic illness. …

This joint submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health – Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia recommends proven evidence-based strategies to reduce the burden of hepatitis C. The agencies (Anglicare Tasmania, TasCAHRD and Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre) note that in Tasmania demand for treatment outstrips supply even with …

The Tasmanian Government is developing an Energy Strategy. Anglicare’s brief submission focuses on the needs of people living on low incomes and proposes a layered response to the problem of energy affordability and its impacts on vulnerable consumers.

In this submission Anglicare recommends the development and piloting of a three-year innovative, specialised intensive family intervention service in the north of Tasmania. The MyFamily program captures the current momentum for change occurring across Australia to reduce the unnecessary involvement of some families in the statutory child protection system. In …

Anglicare is supportive of the intent to improve therapeutic interventions and outcomes for children who exhibit problem sexual behaviour, who are themselves often the victims of trauma, and is broadly supportive of the recommendations contained within the Options Paper.

We talked to people recovering from mental illness across Tasmania and asked them to tell us about what helped them to reclaim their lives and enable them to lead full and rewarding lives in their community. Specifically, we wanted to know about the role of natural supports. This research identifies the …

Those who can’t afford digital technology or who don’t have the skills and knowledge to effectively use it are increasingly facing real disadvantage. In this report Anglicare Tasmania surveyed 750 Tasmanians on low incomes who had access to a mobile phone. Survey findings demonstrate considerable scope for increasing the effective use of digital …

This report captures the ‘lived experience’ of young Tasmanians who have cycled in and out of the homelessness system. The research found that most of the young people who had experienced homelessness have had involvement with the child protection or youth justice systems. The needs of young people requiring intensive ...

Every year, on one weekend in April, Anglicare Tasmania collects information on all the properties advertised as available for rent across the State. Anglicare Australia member organisations do similarly so that we have data from the whole country. We assess whether the properties are appropriate and affordable for people living …

This submission to the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator includes the views of 21 people who use or support people who use public transport. It recommends that pricing policies for Metro include measures that assist people on low incomes to use public transport.

To assist us with this submission, Anglicare spoke to 17 people in April 2014 who regularly attend support groups to help them with their problems with gambling. Research participants describe how they thought their early gambling was helping them relieve their problems, but that they came to realise gambling had created …

How child protection services engage with parents ultimately affects the outcomes for children in the system, including safety, permanency and wellbeing. This overview documents international and Australian examples of good practice in engagement, support and advocacy for parents who have contact with child protection systems. While practices that emphasise self-determination …

This report documents the experiences of parents who have been involved with Tasmania’s child protection system. It identifies the challenges of negotiating a successful way through the child protection system for parents and for the workers who support them. It found that parents struggle with the difficulties of operating within …

Anglicare’s Submission to the Tasmanian State Government 2014-15 Budget Community Consultation focused on young people and their families. Anglicare urged the State Government to direct $10 million towards these groups. Out-of-home care and family and child advocacy were among the areas in need of additional funding. Child Protection Services need …

Anglicare’s submission challenges the State Government to ensure that a renewed multicultural policy build on earlier work, identifying gaps and ensuring that government agencies rigorously implement and report on progress. A multicultural community advisory body is needed consistent with the Government’s stated commitment to consumer engagement.

Identifying barriers and enablers to food security in two different Tasmanian settings was the focus of this collaborative research. Research tools were developed that can used for complementary research in other areas. These include ways of assessing the availability, cost and quality of a healthy range of foods for various …

Anglicare’s submission supported a centralised system for background checks on those working with vulnerable people. However, Anglicare had concerns that the Bill might limit volunteering and job opportunities for people with diverse life experience, including people who had mental health problems or experience of alcohol or other drug misuse.

This submission advocates for an expansion of the range of out-of-home care options available to young people in or at risk of contact with the Youth Justice system. Safe places that offer a healing environment for young people who have experienced family breakdown, abuse, neglect, homelessness and trauma are lacking …

Every year, on one weekend in April, Anglicare Tasmania collects information on all the properties advertised as available for rent across the State. Anglicare Australia member organisations do similarly so that we have data from the whole country. We assess whether the properties are appropriate and affordable for people living …

This submission outlines Anglicare’s position in relation to building a strong Youth Justice system in Tasmania. The submission provides an alternative approach to the services and supports available to young people involved in the Child Protection and Youth Justice systems. It recommends the development of a cross-agency trauma-informed approach. These …

This submission to the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator looked at how taxi fares are calculated. Anglicare’s submission spoke on behalf of people who often use taxis including those on low incomes, living with disabilities or with mental illness. Anglicare recommended that OTTER find out more about who uses …

This submission to the Legislative Reform Project is informed by Anglicare research on the involvement of parents in the child protection system. It advocates for a legislative framework in which parents are partners in the decisions made about the protection of their children, where there are strong advocacy supports for …

This report is based on the work of Anglicare Tasmania’s first Peer Research Advisory Group. It describes the outcomes for those involved – for peer researchers, for programs and for the organisation as a whole – and draws out key lessons for conducting future peer research. Using peers as researchers …

Anglicare is generally satisfied with the Roadmap for mental health reform, but it is in need of further refinement and clarification before it will be useful. Many of the statements and directives are vague and provide neither direction nor accountability. We encourage the Australian Government to further develop the Roadmap …

Although Centrelink benefits are a Commonwealth matter, State governments cannot ignore the effects of inadequate income in the population. This submission focuses on electricity and transport as areas that need urgent attention regarding concessions, and raises the need for more information to help people use the full range of concessions …

Anglicare’s submission provides analysis of measures that reduce gambling problems, measures that encourage risky behaviour, methods of treating gambling problems and how venues could do better at identifying and assisting people who are unable to control their gambling.

The people most affected by the Residential Tenancy Act are among the most vulnerable people in Tasmania and are significantly affected by issues such as affordability, security of tenure, standards of accommodation and leasing practices. Anglicare’s submission contains numerous detailed recommendations on these and other topics.

This submission responds to proposed models for the Tasmanian Support and Accommodation Assistance Service, for people experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. It takes the client’s perspective and promotes reform that best supports the needs of the client, focusing on themes of information, relationship with support workers, control, sufficient support, …

Whilst more comprehensive than the First Draft, the Second Draft still has inconsistencies and gaps. Anglicare believes the Charter is in need of consumer input to refine the at times patronising language of the Charter and to build understanding and empathy for the circumstances of people experiencing homelessness. To illustrate …

The Tasmanian Gaming Commission developed a set of rules hoping to reduce harm caused by gambling. Anglicare supports the establishment of a Code of Practice. This submission has advice on what Anglicare thinks the Code should say. This includes issues like access to ATMs and EFTPOS, loyalty programs, training for …

Anglicare believes that the Draft Residential Development Strategy goes some way towards the needs of Tasmanians on low incomes, but falls short of making full use of this opportunity to promote equality and inclusion. It recommends that the Draft be refined to include a higher vision of housing all Tasmanians. …

People living on low incomes often pay more for essential goods and services. This poverty penalty means that they may have to buy low quality or expensive goods and services. They may face catastrophic spending burdens to maintain basic standards of living. This report discusses how this happens and why. …

Supporting people towards greater participation in their community, including workforce participation, is a highly practical means of achieving social inclusion for disadvantaged Tasmanians. This submission is predominantly based on feedback from service users with lived experience of mental ill health and workforce participation. Their responses are provided in raw form …

This report looks at homelessness and mental ill health and the services and programs available to help. Twenty people who have had mental health problems and been homeless talk about their lives and what they hope for the future. They offer their personal advice on maintaining good health and housing. …

This is a comprehensive submission based on advice from service users with ‘lived experience’ of the current Mental Health Act. Anglicare believes that the Draft Bill does not yet make full use of this once-in-a-decade opportunity to embed best practice policies and principles within mental health legislation. The submission lays out a …

Anglicare has found that delivering employment services is a highly practical means of supporting the health and wellbeing, social inclusion and economic participation of people living with disability. However, Anglicare believes that tendering more than 80% of Disability Employment Services will put extra stress on a sector already under pressure. …

Although the Draft Charter provides much content for conversation and deliberation, it focuses narrowly on homelessness services. Anglicare believes the Charter should offer a clear set of rights and responsibilities for all Tasmanians in relation to housing and homelessness. A Homelessness Charter should have a wider target audience than merely …

Gambling over the internet is increasingly popular in Australia. This submission summarises what we know about online gambling in Australia and suggests ways the government can help people to gamble safely.

Anglicare’s submission to the development of the second Social and Economic Study of Gambling in Tasmania identifies that harm minimisation measures have not been effective because expenditure on poker machines has remained steady. Anglicare calls on the government to treat gambling problems as a public health issue and ensure consumers …

Anglicare Tasmania’s input into the State Budget community consultation process for 2012-13 focuses on the overarching issue of budget sustainability. This includes consideration of areas of essential expenditure and a framework for budget development.

In a pre-commitment system, people have to set a money limit before they start gambling and are not allowed to go over that limit. This submission explains why a pre-commitment system could be helpful for people with a gambling problem.

This study explores approaches to consumer engagement in alcohol and drug treatment services, describing international examples of success. In Australia, there is no national framework to guide consumer engagement and the field of alcohol and other drug services has been particularly poorly served. This report demonstrates the positive connection between …

This submission focuses narrowly on the issue of social housing, while endorsing the broader submission of our colleagues at TasCOSS. Anglicare believes it is important that the Land Use Strategy creates an environment that is as supportive as possible of good social housing policy outcomes. Although we have some concerns …

This submission focused on those parts of Tasmania Together relevant to Anglicare’s advocacy priorities. Anglicare recommended that Tasmania Together develop specific indicators on the level of homelessness; the quality of Tasmania’s housing stock; consumer engagement in health and human services; and the impact of problem gambling. It further recommended that …

Anglicare believes the National Drug Strategy must be backed up by appropriate resourcing and resourcing should continue to be directed into promoting and sustaining cultural change across sectors. It advocates for a more substantial framework to support consumer engagement in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector, as existing models tend …

Anglicare Tasmania input into the State Budget community consultation process for 2011-12 focuses on three key areas of concern: the shortage of affordable housing, rising electricity prices and access to the financial administration services provided by the Public Trustee.

This submission focuses on answering three key questions: What objectives should governments have for the urban water sector? What are the impediments to achieving those objectives? Is there a strong case for reforming Australia’s urban water sector? It examines these questions in the interests of low income earners and people …

Following the lead of the Productivity Commission’s review of measures to reduce gambling problems, the Tasmanian Parliament looked into the feasibility of reducing maximum bet limits on poker machines to $1 per button push. Anglicare’s submission to the parliamentary inquiry argues that reducing the bet limit would reduce harm while …

Tasmania is facing a crisis in the affordability of electricity. This Action Plan from Anglicare and TasCOSS contains four specific actions that will make a big difference to the impact of electricity prices on all Tasmanians, especially low income earners. The Action Plan covers affordable prices for everyone, concessions that target …

A discussion paper and six information sheets that raise challenging questions about who has the power and who benefits in urban renewal; what does the research evidence really say about social mix; the effects of stigma and how social justice might be advanced in communities.

Tasmanians are losing more money every year to gambling – and nearly half the money is lost by people with a gambling problem. This report examines all cases heard in the Tasmanian Supreme Court over a six year period where the judge made comments on the link between gambling and …

This submission is underpinned by two core principles: first, that water and sewerage services are essential, not discretionary; and second, that customer service standards should be designed to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged before considering more affluent consumers. It thus considers the areas of literacy and numeracy, financial …

This submission is based on the Anglicare research report Thin Ice, about the experience of people with serious mental illnesses, and on Hard Times, a survey of emergency relief and financial counselling clients in Tasmania. This survey suggested that people affected by mental illness face a very high level of chronic financial …

This submission is underpinned by two core principles: first, that water and sewerage services are essential, not discretionary; and second, that customer service standards should be designed to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged before considering more affluent consumers. It thus considers the areas of literacy and numeracy, financial …

The draft content of the guidelines covers many important areas of potential dispute between landlords and tenants and much of the information will be illuminating and useful. However, Anglicare is concerned that the document as drafted is not particularly user-friendly. There are a number of elements that Anglicare feels need …

Given the scale of the reform occurring in the water and sewerage industry, it is important to monitor the impacts of those reforms on disadvantaged and vulnerable customers. Anglicare urged that the range of performance measures for the industry be widened to include reporting on issues such as reminder notices, …

Anglicare’s response comments on how well the envisaged system would work for low-income earners, people in crisis, vulnerable groups and people with complex needs. We are concerned that the research evidence suggests the system will not work for these groups without the provision of substantial subsidies from government. Furthermore we …

This submission discusses issues such as disconnection, communications and financial hardship in the context of two core principles: that water and sewerage services are essential, not discretionary; and that service standards should meet the needs of the most disadvantaged first, while obviously applying to all customers, rather than meeting the needs of more …

Anglicare’s focus in this submission is on sentencing, and particularly the development of options designed to divert particular groups away from custodial sentences. Anglicare is concerned that funding constraints may be compromising the best interests of clients in Court Mandated Diversion programs and calls for a cultural change in the …

While supporting a rigorous system of background checks, Anglicare noted areas of concern including costs to the community sector and to volunteer and self help organisations that provide important social participation and employment opportunities. Anglicare believes that people have the capacity to learn, change and grow and wants any new …

This submission is based on Anglicare’s program of work in consumer engagement and on our research on the nature and extent of alcohol and drug issues presenting to non-AOD sector services. It focuses on cross-sectoral and partnership approaches, increasing the capacity of the generalist health workforce to identify and respond …

Tasmania’s residential tenancy legislation should support stable housing and prevent homelessness. This in-depth submission examines the context for reform and issues within the private rental market such as lack of security, unreasonable rents, dispute resolution processes, housing quality and lack of enforcement of what protections do exist.

The operation of residential tenancy databases over the last decade or so has been characterised by serious abuses of power and privacy with severe consequences for the most vulnerable members of the community. The risk that a tenant will face homelessness as the result of an adverse listing is high. …

In this budget submission Anglicare looks at housing, mental health, gambling, affordable warmth, social inclusion and tax and calls on the Tasmanian Government to focus on three groups of people in particular: Tasmanians in need of safe, secure, affordable, appropriate housing; Tasmanians affected by rising electricity prices; and those vulnerable …

Anglicare’s main concern is with the impact of APAYG policy and pricing decisions on low income households. This submission focuses on three aspects of the APAYG debate: disconnections, the extent to which APAYG is a genuine ‘product of choice’ and affordability. It is Anglicare’s assertion that, in relation to disadvantaged …

This study looks at the achievements and struggles of the mental health consumer movement across Australia in order to inform the development of consumer activities in Tasmania. It was undertaken by Anglicare Tasmania in partnership with the Tasmanian Mental Health Consumer Network. The research demonstrates that nationally the mental health …

This report explores one section of the consumer credit sector, ‘payday’ or short term loans. While there is considerable demand for these financial products there are also inherent risks. For some people, payday loans could exacerbate debt. For example, because lenders require repayment by direct debit, they gain priority access …

This report discusses the findings of a survey of clients of emergency relief and financial counselling services around Tasmania. These people were largely in receipt of income support payments and, not surprisingly, facing financial difficulty and hardship. In many cases, that hardship was severe – households had been unable to …

In this submission Anglicare raises three main concerns in relation to the proposals presented in the discussion paper. Firstly Anglicare is concerned about the loss of independence from government which would arise from the merger of the two funds and the proposals for governance of the new fund. Secondly Anglicare …

In this submission, Anglicare has chosen to focus on two main issues: the need to incorporate more of a welfare focus into the youth justice system and the need for an integrated support system for young offenders and their families to underpin the legislation and ensure that it is implemented …

This submission takes as a given that consumer and community engagement is important and that it is key in improving the quality of services and the care, treatment, support and policy outcomes for consumers. The main part of the submission addresses the question of what needs to be in place …

Anglicare will not support a housing association model for the future delivery of social housing in Tasmania that in any way reduces the conditions and protections that tenants enjoy under the current public housing system. Although the clear hope of government is that a move to a housing association model will …

This submission focuses on three areas: the funds required to affect a social inclusion agenda in Tasmania, the issue of accessible and affordable housing for disadvantaged Tasmanians and the funding required to assist community service organisation working with clients who are affected by drugs and alcohol.

Anglicare recommends that: the criteria for any involuntary treatment be defined more rigorously to ensure that a person undergoing treatment has been determined to have a mental illness; the extra criterion “the person has unreasonably refused or is unable to consent to the necessary treatment for the mental illness” be added to …

Anglicare’s principal concern in this discussion is for low income earners, including those on income support payments, the ‘working poor’, people living in public housing, people on the public housing waiting list, and people who are either eligible for public housing but do not apply or who are not eligible …

Housing authorities across Australia are moving towards a new strategy for increasing housing supply. The strategy is based on the provision of Government capital (either through funding grants or through the transfer of title to public housing properties) which the recipient community housing organisation then uses to leverage private investment. …

This paper has been produced in response to persistent speculation that the Government is considering converting Housing Tasmania into a corporate entity such as a government business enterprise (GBE) or a state-owned company or corporation (SOC) or creating a new housing corporation. This paper provides some background to the corporatisation …

This research describes the work of one Tasmanian organisation, Anglicare Tasmania, with people who have substance use issues but who are using services outside the specialist Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sector. Workers reported struggling to provide an effective response, did not necessarily have appropriate training, and lacked access to …

This study explored the experiences of people who found themselves in debt to Centrelink. Their stories were analysed and their community legal centre files reviewed. The research revealed a pattern of overpayments, poor communication by Centrelink and a lack of assistance to deal with the problem of Centrelink debt. In …

This submission is based on SARC research (Just another manic Monday: the challenge of working with clients with alcohol and other drug issues in community service organisations) which aimed to provide a clear account of the actual and potential role of non-ATOD funded Tasmanian NGOs in responding to the needs generated …

The Green Paper provides a comprehensive overview of homelessness in Australia and profiles a number of initiatives here and overseas that are attempting to address the issue. While Anglicare welcomes the emphasis on integrated service delivery, the engagement of mainstream services and the need for a nationally coordinated approach, Anglicare …

In general, Anglicare supports the Commission’s proposals to improve the consistency and coverage of Australia’s consumer policy framework by moving towards a national, generic consumer law with a single, national regulator, the ACCC. This will assist in overcoming many of the problems caused by inconsistency between jurisdictions and the slow …

Anglicare believes that in order to promote workforce participation, build human capital and achieve a socially inclusive community, the Government must consider the following steps: the level of income support payments need to be reviewed and the level at which allowances are paid needs to be increased to the level of …

This submission recommends broadening the definition of ‘family relationship’ and ‘family violence’ to ensure violence perpetrated between family members who are not in a spousal relationship is included; discusses amending Police Family Violence Orders to make them easy for people to use and understand; reports accommodation issues regarding the housing of …

The comments expressed in this submission are based on two research projects carried out by the Social Action and Research Centre at Anglicare Tasmania. The projects examined the access that both working age adults with disabilities (My life as a budget item) and families caring for children with disabilities (Forgotten …

In the submission we have focused on three key issues: the affordable housing crisis, the shortage of resources and support for people with disabilities and the difficulties faced by refugees and humanitarian entrants arriving in Australia.

Anglicare is not responding to the entirety of Discussion Paper 72, but to those areas in which we have relevant expertise: issues relating to the private rental market and in particular, the operation of residential tenancy databases. Anglicare has also included comments on collection of information, data quality and compliance. …

Our submission is a response to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute’s 2006 Issues Paper No 11, A Charter of Rights for Tasmania?. Anglicare supports the adoption of a legislative Charter of Human Rights in Tasmania. Protection should be given to economic, social and cultural rights as well as civil and …

While the State Government concessions systems remains one of the most effective mechanisms available to State Government to assist low income Tasmanians, the current system is complex, inequitable and difficult to access. The key deficiencies in the current system are: inconsistency in eligibility criteria, a confusing multiplicity of application procedures; …

In this submission Anglicare has prioritised two key areas of need. The first of these is the desperate need for affordable housing being experienced in Tasmania. Anglicare calls on the Government to make target injections of both capital and operational funds to ensure supply of public housing, to support low income …

This submission prioritises two critical areas of need. They are the lack of affordable housing and the unmet needs of the significant number of Tasmanians living with disabilities. Both these issues affect large numbers of Anglicare clients and impact on the effectiveness of our own service delivery and ability to …

Anglicare Tasmania welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Review of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services in Tasmania.  The discussion paper outlines a wide range of proposals in response to identified needs and asks whether they will achieve the intended outcomes. Given the range and diversity of the proposals, …

Anglicare’s recommendation to this inquiry is to establish a turnover target, based on the level of expenditure at which the social and economic benefits are cancelled out by the social and economic costs. We believe that research shows that the number of problem gamblers and others affected by problem gambling is …

This study explores the settlement experiences of people from refugee communities who arrived in Tasmania in the period 1996-2006. Many aspects of life in Tasmania suit refugee communities and promote good settlement outcomes. However, there are still service gaps and refugees experience difficulties in housing, employment, poverty, English language, family …

This is one of two in-depth papers on the Tasmanian community sector’s policy position on affordable housing. The bigger picture looks at what groups need affordable housing, how it is funded, and what needs to change to ensure everyone has a place to live.

This is one of two in-depth papers that together outline the Tasmanian community sector’s policy position on affordable housing. The background to the community sector’s recommendations examines the housing options for low-income earners, identifies the problems with each of these options, and gives the sector’s preferred policy approach to deal with those …

Having a child with disability can be a trigger for family poverty. This 2007 research report documents the extra costs of disability and the impact of barriers to employment and periods on government benefits. The support system for families of children with disabilities in Tasmania is fragmented. While the research …

Anglicare urges the Tasmanian Parliament to ensure that this report, unlike those that have gone before it, is followed by a genuine, funded, ongoing commitment to make a real difference for Tasmanians in housing crisis. Our submission recommends provision of significant funding and other resources for a Tasmanian social housing reform …

This submission is based on findings from a study of the experiences of families caring for children with disabilities in Tasmania (Forgotten families: Raising children with a disability in Tasmania). The study has involved in-depth interviews with 24 families across the state about their daily lives, the additional disability-related expenses they …

Anglicare would like to express concerns about the inadequacy of the current Tasmanian PATS and how this has a differential and negative impact on low income and disadvantaged households.  In particular Anglicare would like to comment on the procedures used to determine eligibility for travel schemes, the level and forms …

Two of the questions driving this review of Tasmania’s mental health legislation are concerned with the important issues of involuntary detention and treatment of mental health consumers. The first question is whether we should continue the provisions enabling the involuntary detention of consumers on community treatment orders (the ‘sunset clauses’). …

In general Anglicare considers that the ageing of the population presents a number of exciting opportunities for Tasmania and would like to emphasise the positive aspects of ageing. However Anglicare would also like to express concerns about the differential impact of ageing on low income and disadvantaged households.  This submission …

This submission does not specifically explore the principles proposed as a basis for the Primary Health Services Plan beyond stating that they appear comprehensive and appropriate. However it does comment on the proposed structures for communication and collaboration between service providers and the range of infrastructure support. Anglicare’s key concern is …

Anglicare supports the design principles proposed for the public hospital system in the Clinical Services Plan Issues Paper.  However Anglicare would also like to raise concerns about the Plan’s impact on the access that low income households have to a public health service system which is increasingly centralised.  These concerns …

Anglicare is not responding to the entirety of the discussion paper but to the area in which we have particular and relevant expertise: those issues relating to residential tenancies and in particular, the operation of residential tenancy databases in Australia. The most common perception of databases is that they are a …

Lower workforce participation rates, lower incomes and a higher cost of living due to disability related expenses means that many Tasmanians with disabilities live in poverty. This research explored the lives of working age people with disabilities in Tasmania during 2005-6. Participants discussed issues such as poverty, using services, assistive …

Anglicare conducted the Tasmanian Community Survey in 2005 to investigate standard of living, employment experiences and wellbeing. The key findings in relation to employment were that there were major disparities between the actual employment of Tasmanian adults and their preferred employment patterns. This included over-employment for full-time workers and under-employment …

This submission covers several areas: proposed Federal reforms to the welfare systems; oral health of low income Tasmanians; the State Government concessions system; affordable housing and the establishment of a Rental Deposit Authority in Tasmania;  level of fees paid by clients of the Public Trustee; and the introduction of a …

Anglicare conducted the Tasmanian Community Survey in 2005 to investigate standard of living, employment experiences and wellbeing. The key findings in relation to financial hardship indicated that sole parents, health care card holders and to a lesser degree pension concession card holders and people living alone were the groups most …

This submission will discuss the experiences of people with what will be defined as ‘serious mental illness’, that is, the spectrum of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, affective disorders such as bi-polar disorder and depression and severe and disabling anxiety disorders. Although representing a relatively small proportion of the population, …

This research sought to map the experiences of people with a gambling problem who are living on low incomes in Tasmania. Participants reported relationship stress and breakdown, food insecurity, physical and mental health problems, extreme levels of debt and, in a few instances, attempting suicide or breaking the law due …

Anglicare supports the recommendation of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading that a Rental Deposit Authority be established in Tasmania. This submission examines the problems with the current system of security deposits and the advantages of a central repository of security deposits, and comments on the model and legislation …

In this submission Anglicare focuses on the distribution of the section of the Levy dealing with problem gambling and other health issues and in particular the level of research funded through the CSL. Anglicare argues that while some excellent initiatives are being funded through the the Levy, some essential services regarding …

In August 2004, Anglicare asked a number of Tasmanians living on low incomes about the problems they experienced with their teeth and the impact this has on their lives. All the participants were eligible for public dental services, and all were on the public dental waiting lists. Intraoral photographs of …

In preparing a response to the Review of the Regulatory Arrangements for the Aurora Pay As You Go Service, Anglicare invited low income earners to participate in a focus group discussion about Pay As You Go.  There was overall support in the focus group for Pay As You Go, with …

This paper argues that the Government needs to move away from a narrow focus on referral and treatment of the ‘problem gambler’ to a broader mandate focused on ensuring, promoting and providing ‘safe gambling’ for all customers. Broader strategies are needed to minimise harm and reduce the number of people …

In this year’s submission to the State Budget Consultative process Anglicare focuses on those members of our community who are most significantly disadvantaged, people living with psychotic illness and the long-term unemployed. It also examines the need for further investment in the public dental system.

Explores the experiences of Tasmanians who have felt the effects of labour market change on a very personal level. Many had casual work that had not led to more permanent employment. Participants spoke about the devastating impacts of unemployment on their own lives and on the lives of their families: …

A survey of 812 Tasmanians experiencing financial hardship who had used Emergency Relief and Financial Counselling services over a two week period. The participants lived on incomes so low, usually Centrelink pensions or benefits, that they were constantly exposed to the risk of financial crisis. Food, electricity, rent, car/transport, debt …

This submission addresses the impact of proposed changes to Medicare in the Tasmanian context. It does not attempt to address all aspects of the Government’s proposed Medicare package but rather focuses on the significant implications for low income earners in Tasmania with the decline in bulk-billing and rising co-payments for …

This bulk of this submission will address the question of the impact of poverty in Australia’s regions, focusing on the state of Tasmania. Certain factors impacting on the experience of poverty, for example the very low incomes available to people dependent on Centrelink payments, particularly those dependent on Newstart Allowance, …

The high cost of electricity in Tasmania for residential customers has long been an issue of concern for organisations such as Anglicare. Electricity bills are a key cause of financial difficulties for low-income families. The absence of a full concession for the poorest members of the community restricts their access to this …

Anglicare believes the State Government has the opportunity to build on last year’s achievements by tackling some of the major issues continuing to confront the Tasmanian community – unemployment, affordable housing and the cost of electricity for low income earners.

This research showed that low income households in Tasmania are increasingly at risk of ‘after-housing’ poverty as a result of a shortage of affordable, adequate and secure housing. Such housing is essential to health and wellbeing, social participation and community building, and therefore, the provision of affordable housing for low …

Nearly half the children in the state school system are growing up in families facing significant financial disadvantage. Parents interviewed in the course of this research reported substantial costs being passed on to them in the form of discretionary levies, uniform requirements and fundraising. These costs act as a barrier …

One of the few areas open to the State Government to act direct to alleviate the poverty experienced by so many Tasmanians is through the State Concession system. Currently this system is inequitable and poorly targeted. Anglicare urges a review of this system and an extension of two essential concessions …

This report forms one outcome of the work of the Just Tasmania Coalition – Anglicare Tasmania, the Poverty Coalition and TasCOSS – who undertook a statewide consultation with communities to investigate the impact of financial constraints and to explore pathways out of the problems of poverty. The researchers drew recommendations …

An overview of credit and debt issues for low income earners led the researchers to explore possible schemes that could help people gain affordable access to essentials. This report compares different models and makes recommendations about how an effective No Interest Loans Scheme could operate. The report provided the ground …

The refugee issue is usually presented as a humanitarian one, and indeed given the distressing and painful circumstances that these people have experienced, this is appropriate. However, in Tasmania’s case there is another dimension to this issue that is easily missed, the social and economic future of our state. A …

In May 1999 representatives of Anglicare Tasmania, TasCOSS and the Poverty Coalition met to discuss their concerns about the increasing gulf between the rich and the poor in their community, about declining access to public services and the increased marginalisation of people on low incomes. We formed the Just Tasmania …