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Union attempt to stop funding for additional family violence counselling fails

A public sector union has tried and failed to stop the Tasmanian Government from providing more counselling for children and adults impacted by family violence.

In the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) today, the Community and Public Sector Union applied for a moratorium to be placed on the Government’s funding of a non-government community services organisation.

This funding – provided under the Hodgman Liberal Government’s $26 million Family Violence Action Plan – will help ensure that those on waiting lists for counselling, particularly children, receive the support they need.

We are pleased that the outcome before the TIC today has ensured that the arrangements we have put in place will continue.

We are disappointed, however, that the union attempted to at least delay the roll out of additional counselling services in the first place when they know that there are people, especially children, waiting for support.

Importantly, the additional counselling we are working to deliver through CatholicCare Tasmania (formerly Centacare) is over and above the existing services provided by the Family Violence Counselling Support Service.

We make no apology for partnering with the community services sector to deliver more services sooner, as we said we would when we announced the Plan, so that children on waiting lists are provided with support.
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services

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