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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Office of Security and Emergency Management

The Office of Security and Emergency Management supports whole-of-government strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, emergencies arising from acts of terrorism, natural disasters and other emergencies. The primary focus of the Office is to assist with the implementation of Council of Australian Government (COAG) reforms in the areas of natural disasters and counter terrorism.

The role of the Office includes:

  • Working with all government agencies to ensure that Tasmania maintains a contemporary and well-understood framework for the prevention, preparedness, response to, and recovery from, acts of terrorism or natural or man-made disasters
  • Providing support for the development and maintenance of plans and capabilities that underpin the State's arrangements for the prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from, acts of terrorism or natural or man-made disasters
  • Continuing the focus on counter-terrorism and emergency management issues, in particular those actions arising from the agreements of the Council of Australian Governments
  • Providing ongoing support for Tasmania's representatives on the Australia-New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) and the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC).

2016 Tasmanian bushfire and flood events

For any enquiries related to the current flood situation and relief/recovery assistance, please view TasALERT for the latest information.

The Tasmanian Government conducted a survey to assess the impact that the 2016 bushfire and flood events had on small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations.  This information will help to identify critical medium to long-term recovery issues that have arisen, or may arise in the coming months.

Review of Recovery Arrangements

This report is intended for use by government agencies to aid future recovery efforts. It includes practical guidance and a range of planning materials, templates and checklists to assist with the set-up of effective governance and operational arrangements, should similar measures be required in the future.

Transition to Long-Term Recovery

This report provides an overview of the recovery framework, details the activity that the Bushfire Recovery Taskforce has implemented through its five program areas since January 2013, and records significant learnings that aim to improve Tasmania's capacity to recover from future disasters.

Tasmanian Bushfire Recovery Services

2013 Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry

The 2013 Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry aimed to document the lessons learned from the January 2013 bushfires to ensure that Tasmania is better prepared for such events in future.  The 2013 Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry Report and the Government's response were released on 15 October 2013. This followed a process that attracted more than 100 submissions from individuals, agencies and groups, and involved 117 interviews.

Response to the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission

The Tasmanian Government announced its response to the 67 recommendations of the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission on 28 September 2010. It also announced agreement to the recommendations of the Review of Construction and Development Control in Bushfire Prone Areas.


Office of Security and Emergency Management
Phone: 03 6270 5470