Health, Human Services & Community Development

Health

Principles of Health

  • Labor is committed to equal access for all Tasmanians to high quality and affordable health care.
  • Labor believes that the basis for security, opportunity and equality for society is a quality public health system as it allows families and individuals to cope with ongoing health concerns and unexpected health issues.
  • Labor believes in an integrated Tasmanian health system which has the objectives;
    • to promote health through prevention and increased access to primary care
    • to preserve health by tackling the rising challenges that an ageing population and increased rates of chronic disease brings.
    • to restore health when it is impaired and to minimise suffering and distress during this process
    • to establish preventative health measures designed to maximise community wellbeing
  • Labor values the role of all workers in the health system who work to care for Tasmanians. Labor believes it is essential that health workers are given ongoing training opportunities to provide excellent health services into the future.
  • Labor will:
    • ensure services are delivered through a state-wide approach as close as possible to local communities as long as they are safe and sustainable;
    • ensure health services and programs are integrated into others areas of government;
    • encourage research programs designed to improve health outcomes, particularly focusing on preventative health measures;
    • require ongoing evaluation of existing health care services through comprehensive quality assurance and quality management programs; and
    • consult with health service providers, unions, consumers, and with local communities in the development and implementation of health policy.
  • Labor recognises that with health inflation rising beyond general inflation there is a need to reform the health system to achieve better health outcomes. Labor will maintain adequate and quality health services to the Tasmanian community, and will work constructively with unions to identify areas of efficiencies and savings to address budget pressures.

Provision of healthcare services

  • Labor will promote the better integration of acute care and primary care.
  • Labor will promote a close liaison between all tiers of government, government agencies, the voluntary sector, the community and unions to ensure policies are implemented in a coordinated and effective manner
  • Labor will ensure all Tasmanians have access to health care either through the provision of local services or through provision of transport and accommodation support where the required service can be provided safely and sustainably.

Health Promotion and Education

  • Labor will support health education and preventative health measures in schools and the community, which are aimed at preventing ill health, injury and promoting good health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly for children.

Public health

  • Labor will provide the best possible legislative framework for delivery of public health programs in Tasmania through the Public Health Act 1997.
  • Labor will encourage further co-ordination and linkages between public health, Local Government and local communities.
  • Labor will encourage public health campaigns in key lifestyle areas that influence health and wellbeing outcomes for example smoking, alcohol and obesity.

Health Workforce

  • Labor will provide opportunities for continuous training and career opportunities for all health workers.
  • Labor will ensure that competitive conditions for the health workforce are maintained to ensure that workers are attracted to Tasmania.
  • Labor will co-operate closely with the trade union movement in seeking to have employers provide occupational health and wellbeing programs for employees, with the aim of increasing productivity.

Patient Rights

  • Labor will encourage the development of systems in public hospitals to deal with complaints and concerns from patients and to monitor outcomes as part of a continuing quality improvement process.

Acute Health

Hospital Services

  • Labor will develop acute health services in line with Tasmania’s Health Plan.
  • Labor will continue to support the State’s three major public hospitals.
  • Labor will look at innovative models for acute health care delivery in consultation with communities, unions medical and nursing staff.
  • Labor will ensure access to safe and sustainable specialist medical services.

Ambulance and Emergency Transport

  • Labor will ensure a high standard of ambulance services and other medical transport support is further developed and maintained

Primary Health

Community Health Services

  • Labor will encourage and promote the delivery of a flexible range of health services including nursing and specialist clinics in community settings or the home, provided these services can be delivered safely, effectively and efficiently. Labor will;
    • promote health equity between rural and urban areas through ensuring access to safe and sustainable health services for rural and regional areas and through working with the Commonwealth Government to encourage doctors, other health care professionals and allied health workers to practice/work in rural or isolated areas; and
    • improve transport and accommodation support for people who are required to travel to receive appropriate health care.
  • Labor will work with the Australian Government to improve the delivery of palliative care services across all levels of health care.

Mental Health Services

  • Labor will continue to support and work to improve Mental Health Services both in the Government and non-Government sectors and continue to reduce stigmatisation whilst increasing the range of mental health services in the community.
  • Labor will ensure that support is available for families and carers dealing with mental health issues when needed and ensure appropriate care for young people in accessing mental health services.
  • Labor recognises service audits and informed evaluations as sound budgetary tools.

Dental Health Services

  • Labor will ensure that adequate dental treatment is available to all holders of government concession cards.
  • Labor recognises that good oral health is central to maintaining general health and those services to achieve this need to be contemporary and well planned in consultation with major stake holders.

Communicable Diseases

  • Labor will ensure that there is an appropriate legislative framework to underpin services to support people with a blood borne virus and in line with national efforts, pursue strategies to minimise the transmission of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections, with a focus on education and prevention.
  • Labor will promote measures to support people infected with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections through:
    • Diagnosis, treatment and support;
    • Care and health maintenance;
    • Research;
    • Monitoring and Surveillance; and
    • Workforce development.

Aboriginal Health

  • Labor will continue to support Aboriginal medical services and encourage the development of services with the Aboriginal community.

Women’s Health

  • Labor will:
    • maintain a policy focus on women’s health;
    • ensure that adequate breast screening and cervical cancer services are available to women;
    • ensure that women have access to appropriate family planning services including equitable access to contraception;
    • ensure that women have access to equitable and legal terminations through Tasmanian Health Services;
    • ensure that women have access to excellent pre-natal, birthing, neo-natal and post natal services;
    • introduce measures to improve nutrition, and health and well-being outcomes for women, including support services to resolve eating disorders; and
    • work with media and community organisations to seek to promote images of women as healthy active contributors to society, and to reduce images which lead to the sexual objectification of women.

Men’s Health

  • Labor will continue to promote initiatives to improve outcomes in relation to men’s health with a particular emphasis on preventative measures.

Children and Youth Health

  • Labor will establish a Youth Health Policy Unit within the Department of Health and Human Services with specific responsibility for developing a state-wide Youth Health Policy in consultation with non-government youth service agencies.
  • Labor will make the Youth Health Policy the centrepiece of Labor’s strategy in government and will focus on three specific areas: reinvigorating the role of government in relation to youth health problems, better resourcing families and local communities in the fight against youth health problems, and addressing alcohol and drug problems in youth.
  • Labor will continue to provide preventative and primary health services for young people.

Child Beauty Pageants

  • Labor acknowledges the potential harmful nature of US style Child Beauty Pageants and supports the active discouragement of these type of events occurring in Tasmania

Alcohol and Drug Services

  • Labor will review policies and programs across Government to:
    • Reduce the consumption of alcohol and tobacco;
    • Reduce the incidences of misuse of pharmaceutical drugs and the non-medical use of other drugs;
    • Prioritise to preventative, educative and community-based programs rather than institutional, remedial or compulsory schemes; and
    • Continue to support the further development of a best practice pharmacotherapy program, including methadone.
  • Labor will promote public education and awareness campaigns about the health dangers of alcohol tobacco and other drug use and reduce public advertising of alcohol, tobacco products, and other drugs of addiction.
  • Labor will support and increase access to harm minimisation policies such as the Needle Availability Program and work with the community sector to improve the implementation of these policies.

Human Services

Principles of Human Services

  • Labor will provide an effective community education program to ensure that those most likely to be in need of assistance are aware of available community services.
  • Labor will ensure co-operation between government departments and further develop community based partnerships with agencies and their consumers.
  • Labor will continue to operate Children and Family Centres across the state, under the direction of the Minister, operating in conjunction with other government and voluntary bodies.
  • Through the Tasmanian Social Inclusion Strategy Labor supports and co-ordinates welfare services at various Government levels.

Disability Services

  • Labor recognises the pivotal role of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in delivering appropriately funded services to people with Disabilities.
  • Labor will continue to enshrine the rights of people with disabilities and protect them from discrimination and exploitation in Tasmanian society.
  • Labor will ensure that all public buildings, infrastructure, public transport and facilities are accessible.
  • Labor will ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities seeking employment in conjunction with trade Unions and affirmative action practices.
  • Labor will ensure there are adequate services available to meet the needs of adults and children with disabilities.
  • Labor will continue to support both the Premier’s Disability Advisory Council and the Minister’s Disability Advisory Committee.
  • Labor will provide a range of concessions to recipients of the disability pension who are holders of the Pensioner Concession Card to assist in meeting the cost of living, including vehicle registration fees, transport and mobility costs.
  • Labor will establish an independent statutory advocate (Office of Public Advocate) to investigate and research service provision for Tasmanians with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities.
  • Labor will provide special support services by involving other disciplines such as therapists and psychologists in normal school programs.
  • Labor will expand the number of remedial teachers and teacher’s aide to assist students with disabilities.
  • Labor will, where appropriate, expand special education facilities in close proximity to regular schools for interchange where integrated schooling is not suitable.
  • Labor will encourage teacher training institutions to review their entry requirements for people with disabilities seeking to qualify as teachers, and assist by financial and other means the appointment of such teachers.
  • Labor will assist the parents and carers of people with disabilities in playing a full and complete role in the education of people with disabilities by providing access to family counselling services and facilitating the maximum degree of input from families.
  • Labor will give priority in researching and planning to the provision of appropriate residential accommodation for people with disabilities.
  • Labor will give appropriate priority to people with disabilities in the allocation of housing places.
  • Labor will develop a comprehensive Recreation Strategy based on awareness and capacity for people with disabilities.
  • Labor will review the provision of financial assistance enabling people with disabilities to meet their own transport needs whether by use of taxis or adapted motor vehicles.

Community services

Sexual Assault Support Services

  • Labor will ensure that Sexual Assault Services receive adequate funding to provide consistent state-wide services including:
    • crisis intervention services;
    • counselling, support and advocacy services;
    • empowerment education; and
    • preventative education including financial counselling.

Non-government agencies

  • Labor will continue to ensure adequacy of funding for the community welfare sector with a view to ensuring that agencies have the appropriate financial and human resources to maintain, providing an appropriate level of indexation, and develop services and move the funding for all State Government funded community sector organisations to a triennial basis.
  • Labor will continue to support neighbourhood houses to facilitate the development of a wide variety of activities within communities.
  • Labor will establish and maintain regular contact with the various peak welfare groups representing the interests of community sector in Tasmania.
  • Labor will establish bi-monthly briefings with the relevant Minister for peak community sector organisations.

Family support

  • Labor recognises the importance of family support services in protecting our most vulnerable and helping to build strong communities. Labor will ensure that family support services provided by both government agencies and non-government organisations are accessible to all Tasmanian families on the basis of need.
  • Labor will continue to expand and improve family support services through the establishment of the Gateways and Integrated Family support services in areas of need.
  • Labor will aim its programs to support families, as early as possible, to give families the best chance to remain viable, healthy and fulfilling environments for children.
  • Labor will provide a diverse range of emergency housing and support services for those families which suffer temporary upheaval caused by family illness, crisis or domestic strife.
  • Labor will expand, make available and administer on a regional basis, programs providing family support and counselling services for individuals and families through recognizing that this approach ensures that maximum resources are made available before situations reach crisis point.

Children and Youth Services

Children

  • Labor will uphold the proclaimed United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the ten principles being the basis for the development of policy aimed at providing the highest possible standard of child care and welfare.
  • Labor will continue to improve services for children at risk of abuse and continue to invest in services which provide this support with a view to ensuring an adequate level of service provision throughout the State
  • Labor recognises that a comprehensive package of early child development programmes and services for children, mothers and other caregivers leads to improved health and well-being.
  • Labor will implement the Government embracing change report as per the scheduled time frame of 2011 – 2021.

Out of home and alternative care

  • Labor will provide foster care for children across a range of options which might include providing private foster parents, approved non-government organisations and other state Government services.
  • Labor will, where possible, ensure that children from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds are placed with families of similar origin.
  • Labor will ensure adequate screening of prospective foster care parents is done to protect and promote the welfare of children.
  • Labor will deliver appropriate counselling and education about the care of children by parents.
  • Labor will provide a range of foster programs which provide short, medium and long term care.
  • Labor will ensure a range of out of home and alternative care placement options are adequately provided and resourced to meet the range of physical and social needs of children in community and State care.

Older Tasmanians

  • Labor will appoint a Commissioner for the Aged who is responsible for the evaluation of equity of access, service provisions and outcomes.
  • Labor will fully resource the Commissioner for the Aged
  • Labor will ensure that the Commissioner:
    • has direct access to the Minister and Heads of Agency;
    • leads a small policy unit which can receive complaints and provide policy recommendations to the Minister.
    • establishes an Advisory Committee with representatives of interest groups involved with the aged.
  • Labor will, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government develop regional plans for an equitable distribution of facilities and services to provide a comprehensive system of assessment, domiciliary care, rehabilitation and accommodation.
  • Labor will reform the present system of domiciliary and community services to include meals on wheels, home help, home maintenance and modification, shopping, home visiting, nursing and other professional services, day centres and hospitals.
  • Labor will review the current public transport system ensuring older people have equitable and affordable access.
  • Labor will develop on a regional and local basis, a range of accommodation and health services commencing with:
    • assessment and rehabilitation units including independent living units;
    • short term care for crisis situations and relative relief;
    • hostels and homes providing care for persons suffering dementia; and
    • nursing homes and hospitals for those requiring more intensive care.
  • Labor will encourage older people to participate in the development and management of services, particularly at the local level.
  • Labor will assist older people to remain independent for as long as possible.
  • Labor will match Commonwealth funds for programs such as Home and Community Care
  • Labor will offer a range of appropriate accommodation and services for those who, because of limited means, lack a suitable home, are experiencing frailty or other disadvantage.

Community Development

Principles of Community Development

  • Labor will create mechanisms to bring about a more equitable distribution of social resources, by giving greatest priority to the redistribution of income, wealth and power.
  • Labor believes the impetus for community development occurs whenever there is recognition of shared interest, by community in supporting the expansion of community based services.
  • Labor believes an action plan for community development is integral to its approach to the community services sector.
  • Labor believes in seeking maximum involvement of all sections of the community, especially clients, in the formation of policy, determination of need, administration of services and maintenance of standards, within that Action Plan.
  • Labor recognises the future success of any economy is dependent upon securing an appropriate mix of social and economic policy.
  • Labor recognises social programs and public investment schemes are seen as being a prerequisite to sustainable economic advancement.
  • Labor recognises long term solutions to social problems can only be solved through the process of community development where there is a community of interest based around geographic locality, work, cultural or ethnic affinity, disability or a combination of these factors.
  • Labor will ensure solutions to local problems are best addressed by the communities involved themselves.
  • Labor will provide an effective community education program to ensure that those most likely to be in need of assistance are aware of available community services.
  • Labor will ensure co-operation between government departments and further develop community based partnerships with agencies and their consumers.
  • Labor will ensure the impact of significant developments affecting a particular community or communities is assessed and that this involves social cost/benefit analyses and encourages full participation by local communities.
  • Labor will support the development of a Social Inclusion Strategy for Tasmania that co-ordinates welfare services at various Government levels within a system where services are better planned and provided at a decentralised level consistent with effective administration.
  • Labor will research the need for, and conduct an ongoing evaluation of the adequacy and efficiency of existing government programs.
  • Labor will ensure that a comprehensive perspective of the needs of the State is obtained by having a Social Inclusion Commissioner to focus on the special needs of typical communities such as small rural communities, those in isolated areas, ethnic communities and other community groups.
  • Labor will co-operate closely with the trade union movement in seeking to have employers provide occupational health and wellbeing programs for employees, with the aim of increasing productivity.
  • Labor will develop and implement Partnership Agreements between the State Government and Local Government.
  • Labor will promote and support Local Government involvement in developing existing services such as accommodation, transport, employment or welfare officers and recreation officers.
  • Labor will, on a shared basis with Local Government authorities, fund the employment of community development officers.
  • Labor will make available specific purpose grants to Local Government to employ persons to provide secretarial, administrative and material assistance to community groups.
  • Labor will develop, in conjunction with Local Government, a strategic plan to co-ordinate the work of State and Local Government in recreation development throughout the State.

Empowering local communities

  • Labor will develop a three-year Local Government youth program in Tasmania’s three major regions.
  • Labor will continue to provide support for community organisations or Neighbourhood Houses aimed at improving social and living skills for young people and parents;
  • Labor will continuously monitor the adequacy of funding for the provision of family mediation and counselling services to ensure effectiveness.
  • Labor will ensure cross program and interdepartmental service provision is well coordinated in order to maximise the use of resources.

Carers

  • Labor will provide carers suitable support services as part of a ‘caring for the carer’ strategy;
  • Labor will increase opportunities for respite care for carers.

Housing

Shelter

  • Labor believes adequate and secure housing is the right of all Tasmanians.
  • Labor will ensure that women and children are provided with appropriate, secure and affordable housing.
  • Labor will support growth of the co-operative and co-housing sector to better meet the needs of women, and in particular women with disabilities and older women.
  • Labor will ensure that residential tenancy legislation fairly balances the rights between owners and tenants, with particular regard to the right of women and children to reside in safe accommodation.
  • Labor will provide information and access to, the full range of housing and financial options including financial counselling.
  • Labor will ensure the provision of appropriate public housing for young people.
  • Labor believes adequate and secure housing is a key to individual and family wellbeing and necessary for full participation in a community.
  • Labor believes adequate and secure housing is linked to employment opportunities, and access to education and health services.
  • Labor recognises that continued investment in affordable housing options Strategy requires ongoing commitment.
  • Labor will place emphasis on providing choice through innovative housing programs, balanced to meet the many different needs of Tasmanians.
  • Labor will provide a variety of home ownership programs to help those who may otherwise be unable to achieve it, and well-managed public and social housing “public housing” for those who require rental accommodation.
  • Labor will implement major housing programs in five major housing areas: social and public housing, private housing affordability, residential and tenancy issues, and innovative housing programs.
  • Labor will where public or social housing programs are not able to meet the needs of indigenous groups, develop relevant programs under the umbrella of community housing programs.

Homelessness

  • Labor will develop a state homelessness strategy and action plan.

Housing strategy

  • Labor will continue to implement the in four key housing areas of Public and community housing, Private housing affordability – rental and ownership and Residential law reform.
  • Labor will encourage innovative land usage and the feasibility of medium density housing.
  • Labor will continue to encourage energy efficiency in new homes and existing public housing stocks.
  • Labor will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to social housing as a minimum percentage of total housing funding

Special Needs

  • Labor believes that the following groups in the community have special housing needs: Women, Indigenous People, Migrants and Refugees, Youth, Older people, those requiring Crisis Accommodation and People with a Disability.
  • Labor will ensure a process of ongoing liaison between the government and groups representing women with special needs.
  • Labor will consult with Tasmanian Aboriginal people on their housing needs with the intent of obtaining a mutually satisfying Aboriginal housing policy.
  • Labor will consult with organisations involved in the provision of youth housing to determine an appropriate strategy.
  • Labor will, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Government, increase the supply of special youth accommodation in Tasmania.
  • Labor will consult with older people and their representatives about their housing issues.
  • Labor will maintain an adequate number of units designed for older people through the construction of units and similar suitable dwellings and spot purchasing programs.
  • Labor will ensure people with disabilities have a choice of housing models, including independent living units, family living, group homes, duplex living, adaptable housing, co-operative housing or single accommodation.
  • Labor will maintain and upgrade adequate number of units designed for elderly persons, with construction of these units and similar dwellings increased where necessary, as will spot purchasing programs.

Housing advisory services

  • Labor believes that a housing advisory service based on a one-stop information centre model should be provided for all people needing information on any aspect of housing.
  • Labor recognises full information on building, purchase costs, and rental costs are essential for informed decision making.
  • Labor will establish a centre to provide information on housing and related matters, including:
    • all housing programs implemented by State government agencies;
    • handbooks for people wishing to buy or build homes in Tasmania;
    • financial, gardening, painting and renovation advice; and
    • Information to provide tenants and landlords.

Public Housing Principles

  • Labor believes the role of government includes responsibility for ensuring that housing remains affordable for all.
  • Labor will continue to provide access to social and/or public housing.
  • Labor will consider establishing ‘Public and Social Housing Principles’ in relation to public housing.
  • Labor will abide by benchmarks as agreed with the Commonwealth Government in National Partnership Agreements in relation to housing affordability.

Innovative Housing

  • Labor will fund a Community Housing Resourcing body, whose role would be to:
    • Promote the development of all forms of community housing;
    • Provide support, resourcing, training and research for community housing organizations;
    • Provide funding to Shelter Tasmania as the peak body representing homeless and persons suffering from housing stress;
    • Adopt Community Housing standards and set objectives in consultation with the community housing sector;
    • Develop accreditation standards for all community housing; and
    • Ensure basic financial reporting and best practice in tenancy participation.
  • Labor will encourage and support the expansion of co-operatives, encourage resident participation models, and the formation of tenants groups.
  • Labor will encourage the expansion of co-operatives and consider applications for new co-operatives.

Preventative Health

Sport, recreation and fitness

  • Labor aims to increase participation in sport and active recreation as a driver of preventative health outcomes and believes that increased participation in sport and recreation is likely to lead to;
    • improved physical health
    • improved psychological health and wellbeing
    • improved community capacity and cohesion
  • Labor believes sport, recreation and physical activity is essential for both physical and mental health and well-being and plays an important part in preventative health programs. The principal objective is to promote the development of a comprehensive, state-wide sporting and recreational system that caters for and supports all sections of the community, from participation programs to high performance sport.
  • Labor recognises that Government financial assistance for such systems is likely to contribute to long-term cost savings in the provision of public health services.
  • Labor will ensure physical education “physical education” and sport will be maintained as a fundamental activity in schools and within the community as a whole.
  • Labor will make every endeavour to ensure all members of the community have access to sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities, with particular attention to those groups whose participation rates are traditionally low.
  • Labor will ensure the provision of appropriate sport and recreation facilities, playing fields and equipment that meet community needs and encourage multi-purpose and shared use.
  • Labor will make available on-going education and the expertise of sporting and recreation specialists to all communities through Sport and Recreation Tasmania.
  • Labor will provide support for community-focused programs that have been established to address barriers to participation in sport, recreation and physical activity.
  • Labor will ensure that adequate resources are available through Sport and Recreation Tasmania to increase participation opportunities throughout the Tasmanian community.
  • Labor recognises the non-competitive aspects of sport and physical activity through new sport, modified sports and non-traditional activities with a view to educating children in sound practices designed to ensure life-long maintenance of an optimum standard of health.

Tasmanian Institute of Sport

  • Labor will continue to support the Tasmanian Institute of Sport and encourage the Institute to continue to develop programs for our leading athletes and provide the best possible opportunity for them to pursue their goals while remaining in Tasmania.
  • Labor will support the Institute to remain at the forefront of advances in sport technology as part of the national elite sports network.

Premier’s Physical Activity Council

  • Labor will provide ongoing support for the Premier’s Physical Activity Council, recognising the key role it plays in the facilitation of projects and programs designed to develop healthier and more active communities. Labor will ensure that, as part of this ongoing commitment, government policies, strategies and programs reflect the aspirations and goals of the council.

High quality sporting facilities

  • Labor will work with Sport and Recreation Tasmania and other relevant sport and recreation bodies to ensure the upgrade of sporting facilities in addition to those already hosting national and international events to meet adequate standards for both community and elite sport needs.

Development of sport and recreation for people with a disability

  • Labor will give priority to the development of strong and representative community-based organisations at the state level that co-ordinate, promote and develop inclusive sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities for people with a disability.

Women

  • Labor believes women have the right to participate in society fully and without discrimination. Labor’s objective is to ensure that women are able to fully and equally participate in society — politically, economically, socially — to the full extent of their choice without fear of discrimination or exclusion on the basis of gender, gender preference, marital status, or parenting responsibilities.
  • Labor recognises the economic dependence of women is a barrier to the comprehensive realisation of their human rights, and to the economic development of this country and state;
  • Labor recognises that the disadvantages which women face in education, training and subsequent employment must be addressed if women are to participate effusively in the economy.
  • Labor recognises the right of women to work and the value of women’s unpaid work both socially and economically.
  • Labor believes that the barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and economic life must be removed, including lack of Early Childhood Education and Care, unequal access to employment, education and training, infrastructure and support and services, and inadequate retirement income.
  • Labor will consult women, especially those who may be socially or economically marginalised within the community when forming new policy initiatives with post policy implementation monitoring.
  • Labor will ensure women’s access to education, training and employment programs to facilitate their labour force re-entry, and increase opportunities for economic participation through self-employment.

Economic Independence

  • Labor will continue to fund social and community enterprise programs to assist low income and disadvantaged women participate in the economy

Gender policy development

  • Labor will ensure that policies relating to gender equity are incorporated in:
    • Staff recruitment, selection and promotion;
    • In-service and retraining provisions;
    • Provision of specialist support services;
    • System and school evaluation provisions;
    • Decision-making structures and processes; and
    • An annual status report to Parliament on the implementation of the above.
  • Labor supports through legislation same sex couples the same rights as opposite sex couples to adopt children.
  • Labor will develop appropriate curricular and resource material for girls’ physical education and sport programs ensuring an equitable allocation of funds are provided.
  • Labor will develop links between schools, school systems and the media to ensure that achievements of girls in sport and new developments are effectively publicised.
  • Labor will introduce and resource an Affirmative Action program for women employees, provide paid parental leave to its employees, provide unpaid long-term family leave to its employees, modify the State Government Superannuation scheme to accommodate workers with interrupted work patterns, recognise needs of employees with family responsibilities and enact Equal Employment Opportunity Legislation.
  • Labor will address the needs of long-term unemployed women and women returning to the workforce, review State awards to remove discriminatory provisions, take steps to ensure equal pay for work of comparable value, introduce affirmative action programs for women to achieve equality in all areas of employment and training and provide infrastructure support to women for enterprise development and recognise and celebrate their successes.

Education

  • Labor will implement community education for women with special needs in relation to information technology, including indigenous women, those of non-English speaking background and women with a disability;
  • Labor will ensure competency standards and accreditation processes recognise skills acquired and used by women.
  • Labor will ensure the recognition of prior learning of women, particularly of women of non-English speaking backgrounds.
  • Labor will fund the provision of programs, which encourage young women to enter non-traditional areas of work.

Violence

  • Labor will ensure accessible and equitable justice for women and their children.
  • Labor will design, implement and evaluate perpetrator treatment programs at the earliest where violence is emerging in a relationship, as well as for high risk offenders.
  • Labor will ensure that services meet the needs of women and their children, through strengthening services and workforce capacity and increasing access to safe accommodation;
  • Labor recognises the significant impact family violence has on children and therefore will ensure the provision of counselling and support services to children affected by family violence.
  • Labor will provide leadership in building safe communities to ensure change is achieved and sustained, by focusing on prevention, strengthening community leadership awareness and understanding, promoting positive male behaviours and enhancing women’s economic independence.
  • Labor will provide state-wide sexual assault support services for women.

Youth

  • Labor believes that young people are important to the future of Tasmania. Labor’s youth objective is to ensure that young people choose to remain in the state to reach their full potential.
  • Labor believes successful communication with young people in all regions of Tasmania, both directly and through their various representatives, is central to giving young people a strong voice in our community and to achieving Labor’s youth strategy.
  • Labor recognises the importance of mentoring programmes in the development of our young people.
  • Labor will provide adequate resources to meet the needs of the youth sector, in Government and non-Government organisations, so as to provide young people with strong representation and assist in dealing with the problems of youth.

Agency Youth Policy

  • Labor will work to properly integrate and facilitate the activities and services these organisations provide to young people and provide some centralised training for volunteer and professional nongovernment youth workers, particularly focusing on issues involving government expertise, such as employment, the legal system, family relationships, housing, health issues, drug abuse and sexual abuse.

Youth Sector Action Plan

  • Labor will require all departments to prepare an Agency Youth Policy including broad principles and specific objectives for implementation across specific programs.

Youth Training

  • Labor will support youth services currently provided by Local Government whilst supporting Local Government to try to ensure some continuity in delivery of youth services throughout the state.
  • Labor will conduct an audit of non-government youth services.
  • Labor will provide support for local communities to develop Community Youth Plans for submission to Government, which address local youth issues and are coordinated through Local Government.
  • Labor will facilitate debate around Community Youth Plans with each Plan being reviewed by the Youth Advisory Council and investigate mechanisms to facilitate access and equity of youth services for all young people regardless of location, cultural or ethnic background, disability or sexual identity.
  • Labor will develop specific initiatives to improve access to vocational education and training programs for disadvantaged groups such as young women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and young people with disabilities.
  • Labor will provide incentives for government departments, statutory authorities and Local Government to take on more trainees under the Australian Vocational Certificate Training System.
  • Labor will examine the feasibility of a specific Youth Employment Service employing advocate in each of the three regions of Tasmania to provide personal assistance to young people who are disadvantaged in the labour market.
  • Labor will address all existing barriers to the employment of young people with a view to removing such barriers

Youth Suicide

  • Labor recognises the tragic circumstances associated with youth suicide and will continue to ensure the provision of training for teachers, health professionals and youth workers to enable the early detection of suicidal behaviours.

Youth Justice

  • Labor will ensure that children have access to justice, in particular access to legal advice and legal representation.
  • Labor will continue to review the practical operation of the Youth Justice Act and of the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act with amendments to strengthen as appropriate.

Youth Political Participation

  • Labor will encourage young people to be involved in the political process.