Find the number of a specific division or office to contact them directly or call Service Tasmania on 1300 135 513.
Use the Tasmanian Government Directory to find staff contact details
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For recovery information in an emergency, visit the TasAlert website.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) is responsible for whole of government recovery planning, preparedness and coordination. The Deputy Secretary (Policy) has been delegated statutory responsibilities as State Recovery Advisor under the Emergency Management Act 2006 (s.24A). This includes:
The Office of Security and Emergency Management works on behalf of the State Recovery Advisor to:
Tasmania’s State Recovery Plan (Issue 3 December 2018) describes state level recovery arrangements to all stakeholders. The plan provides a broad, scalable framework for recovery that can be tailored to the meet the needs of each emergency event and affected community.
The State Recovery Committee is a sub-committee of the State Emergency Management Committee. Chaired by the State Recovery Advisor, the State Recovery Committee:
The State Recovery Committee is supported by a working group.
Following significant emergencies, the government may decide to appoint a Recovery Coordinator and/or establish a Recovery Taskforce or Recovery Unit to coordinate longer term recovery activities. A Recovery Taskforce or Unit works collaboratively with communities and local governments through Affected Area Recovery Committees and across agencies to ensure government efforts are coordinated.
Recovery Taskforces were established following past emergency events such as the:
A Recovery Unit operated following the 2018 Southern Tasmania Extreme Weather Event.
In December 2018 and January 2019, thousands of dry lightning strikes ignited bushfires across Tasmania. The resulting bushfires threatened communities and created major disruptions.
On Thursday 10 May 2018 more than 120mm of rain fell in Hobart and surrounding suburbs. The extreme weather caused considerable damage across Southern Tasmania.
In June and July 2016, Tasmania experienced its worst floods in almost 90 years. The widespread flood events across Tasmania resulted in significant social, environmental and economic impacts across 20 local government areas. The total estimated damages reached $180 million.
The Tasmanian Flood Recovery Taskforce was established. Tasmania Police Commander Peter Edwards was the State Recovery Coordinator.
On 4 January 2013, Tasmania experienced severe fire weather, with many areas of the state breaking temperature records and some areas reaching the fire danger rating of catastrophic for the first time. Over 40 fires were battled statewide for several days. The Forcett fire caused serious impacts to local townships, particularly the town of Dunalley where more than half of the town’s buildings and primary school were destroyed.
The Tasmanian Government established a Bushfire Recovery Taskforce chaired by Mr Damian Bugg QC. It was supported by a Bushfire Recovery Unit.
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Recovery Hub brings together resources, information and publications focused on recovery in Australia and internationally.
The Community Recovery Handbook aims to provide a comprehensive guide to community recovery in Australia. It is intended for use by planners, managers and those involved in working with communities to design and deliver recovery processes, services, programs and activities.
This website provides information on assistance for current disasters as well as links to previous disasters that have impacted Australians, both in Australia and overseas. Disaster Assist also provides information on the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
For more information about Tasmania’s recovery arrangements or general enquiries please contact: