Tasmanian Labor Extended Care Announcement

Tasmanian Labor Extended Care Announcement

Home Stretch Welcomes Tasmanian Labor Extended Care Announcement

  • Tasmanian Labor announces provision of care extended from age 18 to 21.
  • Home Stretch calls on other states to follow Tasmania’s lead.

Home Stretch Chair Paul McDonald has welcomed Tasmanian Labor’s announcement that the provision of care will be extended from age 18 to 21 under a majority Labor Government.

Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said Labor has committed to $4.4 million to extend care to young people needing or seeking support until they are 21; ensuring those in the state care system have a place to call home and support for a positive future.

Mr McDonald met with Mr Willie in September 2017 to discuss Home Stretch, the campaign calling on all states to raise the age of state care from 18 to an optional 21 years of age.

“This is a nation leading announcement by the Tasmanian Labor Party and one of the biggest boosts for young people in a generation. Not only will it ensure that these vulnerable young people have a safe place to call home, but it’ll also mean they have supported pathways to employment and education”, Mr McDonald said.

“Home Stretch is calling on all other Australian states and territories to follow Tasmanian’s positive lead and take responsibility for providing positive pathways and support for young people in state care by extending the age of care to 21”, he said.

ENDS
Contact: Irina Stojcevska, Home Stretch
Phone: 0403 673 503
Website: thehomestretch.org.au

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