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Cost of Living Initiatives

The former Social Inclusion Commissioner, Professor David Adams, led the work on developing A Cost of Living Strategy for Tasmania, supported by the Social Inclusion Unit.

The 2012-13 Budget provided funding of $5 million over two years, for a Cost of Living Initiative to help ease cost of living pressures for Tasmanians most in need.

2012-13 Cost of Living Initiatives:

In 2012-13, $3 million of the funding delivered:

  • The Food For All Tasmanians Grants Program, which provided $1 million to 16 organisations statewide for projects to help people access affordable and nutritious food.
  • The Financial Literacy Exchange Program, which provided $1 million to 10 organisations for projects to directly help Tasmanians in need with budget information, mentoring and support, and referral to specialist support services.
  • The Housewarming Program, which provided $800,000 to SEMF Pty Ltd for the Stay Warm Save Money program, and $200,000 to Colony 47 for Housewarming Boxes.

2013-14 Cost of Living Initiatives:

In 2013-14, the remaining $2 million of the Cost of Living Initiative allocation includes:

  • $700,000 for the Jobs, People and Opportunities Pathways program, comprising:
    • $500,000 to deliver the Wheels for Work and Training Grants Program to fund innovative transport solutions to increase participation in employment, education and training; and
    • $200,000 towards the U Turn program, which aims to break the cycle of motor vehicle theft by engaging participants in hands on mechanical training while addressing life-skills and personal development issues.
  • $500,000 to extend the Stay Warm Save Money Housewarming Program.
  • $800,000 for emergency relief funding.