2022-23 Budget investing in 21 additional police officers to continue to keep Tasmanians safe

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

2022-23 Budget investing in 21 additional police officers to continue to keep Tasmanians safe

8 June 2022

Tasmania is one of the safest places to live and raise a family because of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s commitment to tackling crime and investing in our emergency services.

In the 2022-23 Budget we are investing in a further 21 additional police officers, meaning we are recruiting 329 new officers, a 31 per cent increase in policing numbers since we came to Government. This means Tasmania Police will have a record 1,449 police officers by July 2026.

Tasmania Police continues to actively recruit in line with these commitments from government.  In 2021 alone we had 70 additional police officers graduating across three recruit courses and taking up roles on the front line.

Currently, we have 64 police recruits, 28 women and 36 men, in the Academy, including 40 who started in April and will graduate on 25 November this year. This course includes 16 recruits as part of our new northern satellite course. There are also 24 recruits who commenced on 1 November last year and graduate on 17 June this year. The next Academy Recruit Course commences on 1 August 2022 and the aim is to have 26 recruits in this course.

Our new northern satellite course means that recruits from the north and north-west of Tasmania can complete their 31-week training in the north of the state, without moving to Hobart to train at the Rokeby Police Academy.

And once they complete their training, the northern-based recruits will be stationed in their home districts, so they won’t need to move across the state for the job.

The recruitment progress for Tasmania Police is impressive and will take the establishment to the highest number of police officers in history.

Protecting the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area through the TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy

Minister for Parks

Protecting the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area through the TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy

8 June 2022

The Tasmanian Government is committed to protecting, promoting and managing Tasmania’s world-renowned parks and reserve system, which includes responding to the threat of invasive weeds, animals and diseases.

As a key outcome of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Management Plan 2016, the TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy 2021-2031 has been developed to respond to the threat of invasive weeds, animals and diseases.

The Tasmanian Budget 2022-23 includes funding of $3.27 million over the next four years, with $870,000 for this year to implement the TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy.

The purpose of the Strategy is to guide management activities and decision making to minimise the impacts of invasive organisms on the natural and cultural values of the TWWHA.

The TWWHA covers almost a quarter of the land area of Tasmania and is recognised as possessing Outstanding Universal Value under UNESCO’S World Heritage Convention.

The Strategy identifies seven goals to address biosecurity risks in the TWWHA and provides a framework covering aspects such as leadership, planning, communication, documentation, training, education, research, compliance, coordination, and emergency response.

The Strategy was developed following an extensive risk assessment which considered natural events, and management and recreational activities that occur in and around the TWWHA which could spread or introduce invasive organisms.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is delivering on the TWHHA Biosecurity Strategy to strengthen Tasmania’s future. 

Supporting pet owners fleeing Family Violence

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Supporting pet owners fleeing Family Violence

8 June 2022

The Tasmanian Government recognises that pet owners often face additional challenges when trying to leave abusive relationships, and threats to harm pets can form part of a perpetrator’s pattern of behaviour.

Concern for the welfare of pets when leaving relationships extends to a variety of animals, not only cats and dogs, but also to animals such as rabbits, horses and sheep.

Support for people with pets is available through the Tasmanian Government’s Flexible Support Program, which is providing flexible and responsive practical support for people affected by family violence.

The Tasmanian Government launched this program in 2021, which provides up to $6,000 for victim-survivors of family violence for practical supports to enhance safety and wellbeing when leaving an abusive relationship.

In 2022-23 we will provide continued funding of $330,000 to support this valued program.

In addition, under the new National Partnership on Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Responses 2021-23, we will fund the RSPCA $100,000 to pilot the Safe Beds Program which will establish a coordinated network of safe bed providers and fund safe bed places for pets in at-risk situations, including family violence and homelessness.

Our pets are part of our families, and many of us rely on them for emotional support during difficult times.

This is why this Government is continuing to support the Flexible Support Packages and the RSPCA with funding to ensure the wellbeing of victim-survivors and their pets in escaping family violence.