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.