Media Release by The Hon Julie Collins MP

Funding boost to help vulnerable and disadvantaged Tasmanians

Front-line community organisations will be able to provide additional support to vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians with an $83.3 million funding boost over four years for emergency relief services announced in the 2011-12 Budget.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins said today that the increased funding would be a major boost for around 20 Tasmanian community organisations delivering emergency relief services from 40 outlets.

From 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, Tasmanian service providers will be offered around $1.8 million to continue delivering vital services.

“The Gillard Government is committed to helping Tasmanians in need,” Ms Collins said.

“Emergency relief services provide vulnerable families and individuals with food and clothing, pharmacy and transport vouchers, and help with accommodation and utility bills.”

Speaking at the Hobart City Mission, Ms Collins said the Government has listened to community organisations and offered three-year funding agreements to provide them with certainty into the future.

“This secure, ongoing investment in front line community organisations will ensure services nation-wide can continue to help people in need,” Ms Collins said.

“Funding for emergency relief services was originally boosted in response to the global financial crisis and this week’s announcement will allow Tasmanian community organisations to continue delivering vital services.”

“Emergency relief services help with people’s immediate needs in times of crisis and this announcement is great news for Tasmanians,” Ms Collins said.

This funding is part of a $171.9 million boost over four years in emergency relief services, financial counselling services, and for innovative projects such as low interest loans and matched savings schemes.

The Gillard Government recognises that we have a patchwork economy. That is why it is critical to make room in a responsible Budget to support the most disadvantaged in our community.