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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Tasmanian Food Security Council

In 2009 the Government established a Tasmanian Food Security Council and a Food Security Fund in response to recommendations in A Social Inclusion Strategy for Tasmania.

The Council was chaired by Professor David Adams, former Social Inclusion Commissioner. Dr Roscoe Taylor, Director of Population Health, Department of Health and Human Services was the Deputy Chair of the Council.

The Terms of Reference for the Council outlined its role to develop a Food Security Strategy and provide advice on the administration of the Food Security Fund.

The Terms of Reference also noted that the work of the Council would be task and time-specific.

The Food Security Fund was administered in November 2010 and the Premier, Lara Giddings MP received and launched the Food Security Strategy in March 2012.

Council membership expired at the end of February 2012.

The work of the Council was supported by a joint secretariat provided by the Social Inclusion Unit in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Community Nutrition Unit in the Department of Health and Human Services.  The collaboration between these two agencies will continue to support the ongoing implementation of the Food Security Strategy including work to administer the 2012-13 Budget Food Access and Affordability Initiative.

Terms of reference

Council meetings

Tasmanian Food Security Fund

In 2010 the Food Security Fund allocated $730 000 to eight coalitions involving more than 40 organisations statewide including schools, Local Councils, Neighbourhood Houses, and various community sector organisations. 

The Fund supported community gardens and integrated food skills, access and affordability programs.  Many of the success stories from the Fund are showcased in the Food Security Strategy and informed its development. Read the full list of successful proposers for stage one.

In the 2011-12 Budget the Government provided $300 000 over two years to build on and support the work of food relief organisations, SecondBite, Foodbank and Produce to the People who were also showcased in the Food Security Strategy.

The 2012-13 Budget has allocated $1 million for a Food Access and Affordability Fund to continue to support the good work that is occurring in Tasmanian communities for emergency food relief, local supply, distribution and food skills programs.  The $1 million is now available through the Food for all Tasmanians Grants Program.

What is food security?

Food security is the ability of individuals, households and communities to acquire food that is sufficient, reliable, nutritious, safe, acceptable and sustainable. Food security seeks to ensure the systems that produce, transport, store and supply food work effectively to enable wider and more reliable access to safe and nutritious food. A Social Inclusion Strategy for Tasmania identifies food security as a critical issue and opportunity for action.

Food insecurity occurs when people go hungry, eat a poor quality diet or have to rely on emergency relief because they can’t afford food. Evidence indicates that many Tasmanians do not have access to reliable and nutritious food. This represents a basic form of exclusion in our community and one that can entrench disadvantage throughout life.

Further information

Social Inclusion Unit
Phone: 6232 7139
Email: siu@dpac.tas.gov.au