See the full dashboard here. The Human Services Dashboard provides headline indicators and supporting statistics, including those previously presented in the Your Human Services Progress Chart. The aim is to provide transparent and timely information on the Human Services system to ensure accountability and openness. Media release – Sarah Courtney, Minister for Children and Youth, 25 […]
See the full dashboard here.
The Human Services Dashboard provides headline indicators and supporting statistics, including those previously presented in the Your Human Services Progress Chart. The aim is to provide transparent and timely information on the Human Services system to ensure accountability and openness.
Media release – Sarah Courtney, Minister for Children and Youth, 25 June 2021
Human Services Dashboard
Protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmania’s vulnerable children and young people, is a key priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government.
As Minister for Children and Youth, I am committed to building on this Government’s strong record of action and doing all I can to further improve the safety and wellbeing of our children and young people, and to support the staff work who work to protect our most vulnerable Tasmanians.
Positive impacts continue to be seen from our $51 million Strong Families, Safe Kids reforms, which focuses on supporting families to stay together where it is safe to do so.
The quarterly Human Services dashboard to March 2021 released today shows a decline in the number of children in out of home care.
The dashboard shows a similar number of children in active transition compared to the last update.
All children in transition are actively triaged, with oversight provided by senior staff who will escalate the urgency of allocation as required.
Our suite of election commitments for children and young people will complement work already underway, with an investment of $1.75 million to extend supports for Informal Kinship Carers and $5 million in new stable permanent placements for children in out-of-home care.
We are also investing $15.3 million in youth homelessness initiatives, with a focus on those under the age of 16, and progressing new initiatives to further embed the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle for Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care.
The Department of Communities Tasmania is considering how data can be produced and provided on a more frequent basis for future Dashboard releases.
Anita Dow MP, Shadow Housing Minister, 25 June 2021
Dire housing outlook only getting worse for Tasmania’s most vulnerable
Almost 200 more Tasmanian families have joined the state’s out-of-control housing wait list as the Gutwein Government continues to fail abysmally on its promises to deliver.
Shadow Housing Minister Anita Dow said families would now wait even longer – in excess of a year – to be housed according to the release of the latest housing data today.
Ms Dow said the housing wait list had climbed by 193 families to 4,006 over the most recent quarter.
The waiting time for families to get a roof over their heads had also blown out once again from 53 weeks to more than 55 weeks.
“The Gutwein Government continues to lead more and more families down the sad path toward homelessness with no solution on the horizon,” Ms Dow said.
“No matter what way the government and Housing Minister Michael Ferguson attempt to spin the situation the fact is Tasmania remains in the grip of an unprecedented housing crisis under a government that has done next to nothing over the past seven years.
“The appalling numbers released today represent an over 75 per cent blow-out since the Liberals came to government in 2014.
“When the Liberals assumed government more than seven years ago, the housing wait time was at a record low of 20 weeks.
“Thousands of Tasmanian families are facing a very bleak winter couch surfing, living in cars and tents, with very little access to shelters and relying on the kindness of friends and family.
“Michael Ferguson as the new Housing Minister has an opportunity to actually do something after his predecessor Roger Jaensch’s woeful performance.
“Tasmanians will be waiting to see if he takes that opportunity.”
Comments – Adrienne Picone, CEO TasCOSS, 25 June 2021
in response to today’s Human Services Dashboard update:
- A priority housing wait list nudging 4,000 should be a wake up call that more needs to be done to break the back of the housing crisis. The reality is, right now (with the State Government’s election promise of 3,500 new homes by 2027) we are running to a standstill on housing and anyone who has set foot in a rental open home of late can attest to the fact the crisis is quite simply getting worse.
- In the wake of the pandemic, thousands more Tasmanians have found themselves in acute housing stress. As we enter the depths of winter, we must ramp up efforts to increase housing stock so more Tasmanians can access safe, secure and affordable housing. Equally, we need to support Tasmanians to remain in their homes with personal debt and mortgage stress rising rapidly over the past 12-months.
- To even keep pace with current and projected housing need, we would need our State Government to deliver 14,000 affordable homes over the next 15 years. That is equivalent to about 1,000 homes per year.
- We know that Tasmanians with a place to call home are safer, healthier and have an increased opportunity to participate both socially and economically in our communities.
- The State Government and the community at large has an obligation to explore every option and pull every lever at its disposal to ensure all Tasmanians have a safe, secure place to sleep at night.
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/06/human-services-dashboard/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=human-services-dashboard