Premier's Fund for Children and Young People

Successful Applications Announced - You Said It, We Did It

The Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced 41 successful projects that will share in almost $1.5 million in funding to provide increased access to social and recreational opportunities for children and young people within their local communities across all regions of Tasmania.

Importantly, the successful projects respond to the voices of children and young people who wrote to the government during the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy telling us what was important.

Further information on the announcement and a list of organisations and projects that have received funding under the first grant round can be found on the successful applications page.

Premier's Message

My vision for Tasmania is a place where everyone feels valued, included, encouraged, and supported to be the best they can be. This starts with providing Tasmania’s children, young people and their families with the services, supports and opportunities they need to have the best start in life. In August 2021, the Government launched the State’s first comprehensive, whole of Government, Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy - “It Takes A Tasmanian Village”. The Strategy is shaped by the voices of children and young people, and those who care about them and their future.

This $100 million Strategy provides a long-term direction for government to improve the wellbeing outcomes for Tasmanian children and young people aged 0-25 years; with a focus on the first 1,000 days of life. Funding will also help support parents, families and communities and provide new investments and a clear plan for government and its partners to deliver the services and supports that children, young people and their families need for good wellbeing and a brighter future.

I am committed to leading a government with heart, one that listens to all Tasmanians’ needs and ensures Tasmanians’ priorities continue to be our priorities. That is why I am excited to be leading the implementation of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, a Strategy that embodies my vision and provides an opportunity for my government to listen and act on the priorities identified by Tasmania’s children, young people and their families.

Jeremy Rockliff

It Takes a Tasmanian Village...

The Tasmanian Government has developed Tasmania’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy for 0-25 year olds, which has a specific focus on the first 1,000 days (the critical early years, from pregnancy to two years old).

Tasmanians shared their hopes and dreams for all children and young people in our State and this feedback inspired the title of the Strategy ‘It Takes a Tasmanian Village, along with our vision, and a set of 10 principles that will guide the way we work as we implement the Strategy.

The $100 million four-year Strategy contains 65 initiatives that support the wellbeing of 0 to 25 year olds. The Strategy also provides a wellbeing framework for future four-year plans.

Thank you to all of the Tasmanian children, young people, their caregivers, and the service sector who helped develop the Strategy. You can view the get creative responses, the postcards to the Premier, and submissions to the Discussion Paper on this website.

Thank you to our consultation partners, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Youth Network of Tasmania, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, and Playgroup Tasmania for the face to face conversations you led for us across the State.

Key Ingredients of Wellbeing

Wellbeing is when a child or young person feels loved and safe, has the things they need, is healthy, learning and participating and has a positive sense of culture and identity. Children and young people in Tasmania told us how caring for the environment is important to them and how it impacts on all areas of their wellbeing.

To learn more about the different areas of wellbeing, including the impact of the environment, click on the tiles below.

Aboriginal acknowledgement

The Tasmanian Government acknowledges and pays respect to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional and original owners and continuing custodians of the land and acknowledges elders past and present. For over 2,000 generations, Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples’ health and wellbeing has been and continues to be based on a deep and continuous connection to family, community and the land, sea and waterways.

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