17th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Rydges World Square, Sydney
19th-21st June 2024

Stepping Up

Meg Tait

Policy Officer
Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS)

Meg Tait is a policy officer with over ten years of volunteer and work experience in the community sector. Before relocating to Hobart in 2021, Meg worked as a lawyer in roles with Kimberley Community Legal Service in Kununurra WA, the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women in Melbourne, and Victoria Legal Aid. Her experience is mainly in criminal defence with a focus on therapeutic courts, working in the Drug Court at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court and the Assessment and Referral Court at Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court in Gippsland.

In her current role at the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS), Meg’s work focuses on policy, advocacy and systems change to better support Tasmanian community service organisations and Tasmanians on low incomes and/or experiencing disadvantage. This includes advocacy and policy work relating to the proposed reform of the Tasmanian youth justice system and responses to the recent Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings.

Meg has volunteered with several community legal centres, including Youthlaw, Refugee Legal and Social Security Rights Victoria. Meg is also a volunteer presenter on Done by Law, a radio show on 3CR community radio in Melbourne.

Meg has a particular interest in child and youth wellbeing in criminalised contexts, decarceration and abolition models and ‘justice’ system reform.

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