Families and friends of someone with mental ill health may have a story to share about life on Newstart, Youth Allowance or other similar payments.
TasCOSS wants to hear from you.
A Senate Inquiry is currently taking submissions into whether payments such as Newstart are adequate.
Firsthand stories from people with experience of living on these types of payments, the decisions you need to make, how you budget for necessities etc. are all extremely valuable for the Senate Committee to hear and consider.
Telling your story matters
There are four ways you can share your story with the Inquiry:
- Prepare your own written submission for the Senate Committee. This can be as simple as a 1-2 page letter or a more complex argument or testimonial about your experiences and views. There are some documents and websites listed below to help you get started and submit your story.
- Email your story to Philippa Dixon, Policy Officer, TasCOSS and it may be included in TasCOSS’s submission to the Inquiry. Telephone Philippa on 6169 9518
- Attend one of the TasCOSS public sessions in your area to tell your story to TasCOSS in person (no need to RSVP – just turn up)
Derwent Valley Community House (The Avenue), Willow Court, New Norfolk
9am–11am, Wednesday 28 August
Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 65 Mockridge Rd, Clarendon Vale
10am-12pm, Wednesday 28 August
Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 28 Sugarloaf Rd, Risdon Vale
1pm-3pm, Wednesday 28 August
Devonport Community House, 10 Morris Ave, Devonport
2pm-4pm, Wednesday 28 August
George Town Neighbourhood House, 187 Agnes St, George Town
10am-12pm, Friday 30 August
Northern Suburbs Community Centre, 49 George Town Road, Newnham
1pm-3pm, Friday 30 August
Submissions are due on 13 September.