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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2008  
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It is the Commonwealth Government (with income maintenance), the Tasmanian Government and non-government welfare organisations that, in the main, respond to community needs.

As well as cash income, government programs also help those with low incomes to meet payments for housing through rent assistance, and for a range of goods and services through pensioner concession and health cards. There are also a number of services aimed at helping people in personal and social hardship. Other types of programs aim to provide assistance with employment and advocacy to people with disabilities.

Throughout the 1990s and now into the 21st century, each of these providers has seen an increase in demand for their services. One consequence has been a movement towards increased cooperation between government and private sector providers in an effort to meet the changing needs of the community.


SUMMARY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES ACTIVITY - Tasmania

Unit
Period
Tas.

Aged Care
Residential aged care places utilised
no.
as at 30 June 2003
3,896
Community Aged Care Package recipients
no.
as at 30 June 2003
741

Children and families
Children aged less than 12 years using formal child care only
no.
June 2002
10,800
Children to 18 years under guardianship
no.
as at 30 June 2003
275
Family group conferences
no.
2002-03
58
Children in out of home care services
no.
as at 30 June 2003
468
Domestic Violence Crisis Service - new clients
no.
2002-03
1,227
Occasions of service in child health centres
no.
2002-03
123,131

Mental health services
Inpatient units, separations
no.
2002-03
2,395
Community and residential units, total active clients
no.
as at 30 June 2003
4,468

Disability services
Clients receiving accommodation support
no.
as at 30 June 2003
719

Oral health services
Occasions of service - children
no.
2002-03
72,129
Occasions of service - adult, general
no.
2002-03
3,011

Palliative care services
Clients accessing community activity services
no.
2002-03
4,063
Inpatients, average length of stay (days)
no.
2002-03
10.9

Voluntary work
Number of volunteers
no.
2000
115,600
Median weekly hours worked
no.
2000
1.5

Income support payments
Age Pension recipients
no.
June 2002
49,266
Service Pension recipients
no.
June 2002
11,778
Disability Support Pension recipients
no.
June 2002
22,991
Newstart Allowance recipients
no.
June 2002
20,257
Family Tax Benefit recipients
no.
June 2002
83,025
Parenting Payment recipients
no.
June 2002
20,094

Housing assistance
Public housing - occupants
no.
as at June 2003
23,472
Public housing - households
no.
as at June 2003
11,624

Community services industry
Expenditure on direct community service activities
$m
1999-2000
318.4
Organisations
no.
1999-2000
317

Source: Department of Health and Ageing; Child Care, Australia, June 2002 (cat. no. 4402.0); Department of Health and Human Services; Voluntary Work, Australia (cat. no. 4441.0); Centrelink; Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Annual Report 2001-02; Housing Tasmania; and Community Services, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8696.0).


See the following link for more information about the community service industry in Tasmania.

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