Tasmanians Supported Well by Human Services

New national data shows Tasmanians can rely on housing and disability services when they need it most.

The latest Report on Government Services (ROGS) compiled by the Productivity Commission for the Council of Australian Governments, shows that Tasmania has produced a solid effort in making homes available for low income Tasmanians.

The 2012-13 figures reflect the state and national investment in affordable housing that has delivered more than 1,550 new affordable energy efficient homes for low income Tasmanians since January 2009.

The ROGS data also shows Tasmania is tracking positively compared to other states, with 88 per cent of applicants in greatest need housed in less than three months. This is above the national average.

The proportion of homes allocated to new applicants in greatest need as a proportion of all allocations was 89.3 per cent – well above the national average of 77.3 per cent.

Tasmania has the lowest homelessness rate in Australia at 32 per 10,000 of the Tasmanian population compared with the national average of 49 per 10,000, according to the 2011 census.

Specialist Homelessness Services performed well and improved in a number of areas. Tasmanians in need of help were also getting individual support. A total of 67.2 per cent of clients had a case management plan compared with 55.2 per cent nationally. This improved from 62.9 per cent in 2011-2012.

In 2011-2012, Tasmania had the second highest level of access to accommodation support at 11.3 per cent of the potential population compared to a national figure of 7.0 per cent.

Tasmania also had the second highest level of access to community support services at 41.3 per cent of the potential population in comparison to the national figure of 27.3 per cent.