New Northern Tasmania Police Recruit Satellite Course with UTAS now underway

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

New Northern Tasmania Police Recruit Satellite Course with UTAS now underway

12 May 2022

Our Northern Tasmania Police recruits have commenced their on-site training this week at the University of Tasmania’s Newnham Campus.

Whilst our new recruits officially commenced training two weeks ago, their northern based studies started this week, through the strong partnership between Tasmania Police and the University of Tasmania.

I commend Tasmania Police for this fantastic new initiative of establishing the Northern Satellite Recruit Training Course pilot.

This pilot course allows recruits to remain living in the north of the state during their training, with participants to be stationed in their home district when they graduate as probationary constables.

The course is being run as part of Course 1 – 2022 (alongside 23 southern-based recruits) and will be delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face learning, including live-streamed lessons from the Rokeby Police Academy.

This pilot course is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s commitment to boosting police numbers by 308 additional officers.

Wherever you live in Tasmania, if you want a solid, rewarding and exciting career – please get in touch with Tasmania Police’s recruitment team today.

For more information, visit https://recruitment.police.tas.gov.au/

$15.1 million for new Multidisciplinary Centres to provide victim-survivors with immediate and integrated support

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

$15.1 million for new Multidisciplinary Centres to provide victim-survivors with immediate and integrated support

29 April 2022

Ensuring victim-survivors of family and sexual violence receive immediate and integrated support in a safe place is a top priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

This is why we will provide $15.1 million over two years to pilot Multidisciplinary Centres in the north and south of the state that offer immediate, wrap around support and safety services to adult and child victim-survivors.

Multidisciplinary Centres are a proven model in other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally, as they provide a best practice response.

They will also be the most significant change to how we respond to family and sexual violence since we came to government in 2014.

This is a landmark outcome for victim-survivors who will be at the centre of this new support model.

Multidisciplinary centres are not like reporting to a police station, and these new facilities will provide a warm and welcoming environment where victim-survivors especially in crisis, can access appropriate family or sexual violence counselling services and other related supports immediately.

Then, when they are ready, victim-survivors can also formally report to a specialist police investigator on site.

Importantly, these new Centres will recognise the intersection between sexual and family violence, by expanding the capabilities and resourcing of the Safe Families Coordination Unit to include sexual violence more broadly, including child sexual violence, thereby creating a multi-agency response and intelligence hub.

This will enable more effective working relationships between agencies, for both sexual and family violence.

These Centres are about providing a best-practice sexual and family violence response that puts victim-survivors at the heart, empowering and supporting victim-survivors to come forward and seek the support they need in a safe place.

Funding will be included in this year’s Budget, with planning work on this important initiative already commenced, and is being developed in conjunction with our Government’s third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.

Our new Action Plan will further refine and target our efforts, to achieve our goal that every Tasmanian is able to live free from violence.

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022 is now open, to help inform the new Action Plan. The Survey will build on our ground-breaking 2018 Survey by including victim-survivors’ lived experience of sexual violence in addition to family violence.

All Tasmanians are encouraged to participate in the Hearing Lived Experience Survey, which is anonymous and is available at www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, please call the Family Violence Response and Referral Line 24/7 on 1800 633 937.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence, please call the state-wide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24/7 on 1800 697 877.

In an emergency, always call 000.

Volunteer recruitment underway for the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Volunteer recruitment underway for the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

2 April 2022

A recruitment drive has commenced in Sorell today to attract new TFS and SES volunteers to resource our new Sorell Emergency Services Hub as part of the Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

Construction on the new purpose-built hub began last month, with this $12 million project due for completion early next year.

This state-of-the-art facility will house Tasmania Police and volunteer members of the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service in one central location, providing a valued 24/7 emergency response to the greater Sorell community.

This exciting development represents the first hub of its kind in Tasmania, through accommodating these three key emergency services all within a shared purpose-built complex.

Importantly, this new venture will not replace existing TFS stations and SES units in nearby areas but will enhance the existing emergency response capability to meet the needs of this growing region of Southeast Tasmania.

Both the TFS and SES are looking for new volunteers who live or work in Sorell and its surrounds, providing the exciting opportunity for people to gain new skills and experiences, become a member of a positive and proud team, contribute to the safety of their local community and develop new friendships with likeminded people.

I encourage anyone who might be interested in becoming a TFS or SES volunteer at Sorell to please contact the recruitment team at sorell.hub@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022

1 April 2022

Now in its third year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) plays a very important part in raising awareness and providing information on sexual assault. I want to congratulate Jill Maxwell, CEO of the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS), for bringing SAAM to Tasmania.

This month is about raising awareness, opening up conversations and breaking down barriers so that everyone in our community can help put an end to sexual violence.

While we are seeing a shift in views, we need to keep building on this momentum by opening dialogue in our workplaces, in our schools, in social settings, at home, in the community and online.

I was pleased to launch the Tasmanian Government’s Hearing Lived Experience Survey in February at SASS, to hear and learn from the stories of family and sexual violence victim-survivors.

The Survey is currently receiving great uptake from people around Tasmania who are bravely sharing their own stories to help us shape our next Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.

Another important part of the consultation process is inviting public written submissions which open today, and information on how to make a submission is available on the Safe from Violence website

Individuals, organisations, policy makers and community groups are invited to provide feedback on potential initiatives to prevent family and sexual violence, support victim-survivors and hold perpetrators to account.

We are also seeking feedback on our current Action Plan, Safe Homes, Families and Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022.

Submissions will be open from 1 April 2022 to 10 February 2023, and if you would like your feedback to be considered in the development of our next Action Plan, please submit by 30 April 2022.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month gives everyone in the community the opportunity to play a part in helping to put an end to sexual violence, and I encourage interested workplaces and community organisations to register and take part.

The main day of action for SAAM is Wear Teal Tuesday on Tuesday 26 April, where you can pop on a teal ribbon, hold a morning tea, and talk about how you can help make a difference.  You can register at www.sass.org.au

I encourage all Tasmanians to participate in the activities held across April to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month and help achieve our vision of a Tasmania free from sexual violence.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, please call the Family Violence Response and Referral Line 24/7 on 1800 633 937.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence, please call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24/7 on 1800 697 877.

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey can be accessed at: https://www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au/resources-hub/news-and-announcements/news/public-submissions-open-third-family-and-sexual-violence-action-plan-consultation

Investing in Tasmania Police to keep our communities safe

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Investing in Tasmania Police to keep our communities safe

23 March 2022

The Tasmanian Liberal Government continues to invest in our police to keep our communities safe by recruiting 308 additional police officers and building new police stations.

Last month I was honoured to attend the opening of the new $5 million New Norfolk Police Station, and last week I was also delighted to attend the opening of the new $5 million Longford Police Station.

The Longford Police Station is also complemented by a new, state-of-the-art $1 million building specifically designed and built for our specialist police resources.

Through our increased investment in additional police officers, Tasmania Police can focus on targeting and prosecuting offenders, and this has been evident in recent anti-social behaviour blitzes and targeted road safety operations.

These operations are about protecting lives on our roads; encouraging safe driving practices; and issuing infringements for the fatal five – speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, driving with drugs or alcohol, being distracted or using a mobile phone, or driving while fatigued.

Tasmania Police undertook one of these operations on the West Coast earlier this month, resulting in 4 defect notices, 2 persons charged with exceeding the alcohol limit, 1 for illicit drugs, 38 charges for speeding, 1 charge of not wearing a seatbelt and 2 charges for using a mobile phone whilst driving.

In addition, in February, police undertook targeted operations in the Huon Valley over 5 days, which resulted in more than 300 roadworthiness and compliance inspections, as well as 7 vehicles being seized and impounded, and 30 drivers issued defect notices.

Disappointingly, Police also caught 6 drivers exceeding the prescribed alcohol limit, and fined 3 passengers for possessing open containers of alcohol while travelling in vehicles.

One driver was arrested after being caught hooning at Geeveston and had their vehicle seized, 3 drivers were driving unregistered vehicles and failing to wear seatbelts, 2 people were driving whilst disqualified, 5 drivers were issued fines for causing unnecessary noise and smoke, and 18 motorists were detected speeding – one of whom was arrested and the vehicle seized.

Launceston police targeted the Launceston CBD and surrounding suburbs over the March long weekend and caught 17 drink drivers, and a further 11 were detected with an illicit drug in their body. Two vehicles were detected hooning and both drivers arrested, along with 14 traffic infringement notices issued, 6 drug diversions, 29 motor vehicle defects and 14 formal directions to leave the CBD.

All of these outstanding results demonstrate that if people choose to offend, they will be caught, especially as we have increased the number of police officers in Tasmania, and we are continuing to recruit more.

There were 70 new Tasmania Police graduates last year and 95 this year, including the recent graduation of 22 new police officers this month as part of the Government’s plan to boost police numbers by an additional 308 officers.

Tasmania Police has advised that these high visibility traffic operation blitzes will remain a priority in response to incidents of hooning and dangerous driving on our rural roads and highways.

I congratulate Tasmania Police for working with their local communities and for the great success of these strategic and targeted operations.

Our investments in Tasmania Police are in stark contrast to the Labor Opposition who cruelly cut 108 officers when in government, and in fact left Tasmanians with fewer police officers in 2014 than when they first elected 16 years earlier in 1998.

Brand new police station opened at Longford

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Brand new police station opened at Longford

15 March 2022

Longford’s brand-new $5 million police station was officially opened today, giving our police officers and the community a modern and fit-for-purpose facility to be proud of.

The new facility is almost 10 times the size of the old station, which was built in the 1970s, and will serve our police and the Longford community now and well into the future.

On site there is also a $1 million building specifically designed and built for our specialist police resources.

This $6 million investment supports policing services in Northern Tasmania, and has generated significant employment opportunities and benefits for locals.

Construction work began in January 2021, and at its peak the project provided employment for close to 40 local contractors and sub-contractors.

With a focus on ecologically sustainable design, the station build has also included the planting of around 12-thousand plants and grasses.

This station will be an important part of the Longford community and will help to complement and enhance the excellent work of our police officers for many years to come.

The Tasmanian Government has been rebuilding police numbers since coming to Government, by recruiting 308 additional police officers, which is a 30 per cent increase to ensure that Tasmanians continue to remain safe.

22 new police officers join the ranks

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

22 new police officers join the ranks

11 March 2022

Tasmania Police numbers have again been bolstered with 22 new constables sworn in at the Police Academy today, as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

These 9 women and 13 men have completed 31 weeks of intensive training including road policing, scenario-based training, investigations and operational skills.

Importantly, our new constables will be stationed in three locations across Tasmania, with 10 in Hobart, 6 in Launceston and 6 in Burnie.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has been rebuilding police numbers since coming to Government, through recruiting 308 additional police officers, which is a 30 per cent increase to ensure that Tasmanians continue to remain safe.

A career with Tasmania Police is highly rewarding, with officers highly regarded and respected within our community for the invaluable and life-changing work they undertake.

I would like to congratulate all of our graduating constables today, and wish them well as they embark on a rewarding career to serve and protect the Tasmanian community.

Eliminating family violence on International Women’s Day

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Eliminating family violence on International Women’s Day

8 March 2022

Today we recognise and acknowledge International Women’s Day, which is an important opportunity to reflect on progress and the actions we need to take to create a more equal future for us all by eliminating all forms of gender based violence, harassment and abuse against women and girls.

Every Tasmanian woman and girl, has the right to live free from all forms of violence, harassment and abuse, and all of us have the responsibility to help make this happen.

That’s why eliminating family and sexual violence is a top priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government, and we are continuing our comprehensive consultation process on Tasmania’s next Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.

Recent national conversations have highlighted the importance of hearing from people with lived experience, which is why we are putting the voices of victim-survivors at the centre of the development of our next Action Plan.
 
There are five key elements to our public consultation process including:

  • The Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022;
  • Establishing a Victim-Survivor Advisory Council, to ensure the Government’s policy and program design is continually informed by lived experience;
  • Targeted workshops with stakeholders, especially those with diverse lived experience;
  • Partnering with Tasmanian Aboriginal people; and
  • Public written submissions.

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022 is an online survey for adult victim-survivors with lived experience of family and sexual violence, providing an opportunity for victim-survivors to share their experiences anonymously.

The survey is open for 12 months, giving people a chance to have their say at a time that is safe for them, because we understand that sharing a person’s experiences can be traumatic.

All Tasmanians are encouraged to participate in the Hearing Lived Experience Survey, which is available at www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au.

For Tasmanians who cannot access the internet, the survey will also be available as a hardcopy booklet, which will be available at Service Tasmania outlets and local Neighbourhood Houses from next week.

Pleasingly, we have already received 440 completed survey responses in less than four weeks, which is a fantastic level of response in such a short period of time.

The survey is also achieving a fantastic reach, with ads on social media generating more than 707,000 impressions and more than 8,000 link clicks.

On Facebook, the ad has reached more than 74,000 unique users, and on TikTok it has reached more than 70,000 unique users. An advertising campaign on Snapchat will also begin today.

We are also establishing Tasmania’s first-ever Victim-Survivor Advisory Council to inform our next Action Plan as well as provide ongoing advice to the Government during the life of the Action Plan.

The Government will also work in partnership with Tasmanian Aboriginal people during the process to enact the priority reform areas of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and empowering Tasmanian Aboriginal people to lead responses in their communities.

Since 2015 the Government has invested more than $300 million in direct and indirect services in responding to family and sexual violence, including $63 million for specific measures under our first and second Action Plans. Over the same period, we have also secured a further $8.5 million in investment by the Australian Government.

Our next Action Plan is set to be released in July 2022, and I am committed to working with victim-survivors, key stakeholder groups and service providers towards our shared goal of eliminating violence in Tasmania.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, please call the Family Violence Response and Referral Line 24/7 on 1800 633 937.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence, please call the state-wide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24/7 on 1800 697 877.

In an emergency, always call 000.

Emergency Management Act 2006 review

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Emergency Management Act 2006 review

25 February 2022

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is delivering on our commitment to undertake a targeted review of the Emergency Management Act 2006 with the finalised Terms of Reference being released today.

The Draft Terms of Reference were released for consultation within the first 100 days of Government and the review is now commencing under the finalised Terms of Reference.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government’s number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of all Tasmanians.

The Emergency Management Act 2006 is one of the most important pieces of legislation in the state’s arsenal for dealing with emergencies.

It has been broadly fit for purpose since becoming law, however the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to review and update the Act to ensure Tasmania is best prepared to respond to future challenges.

This review will identify opportunities to modernise key parts of the legislation to incorporate the lessons that have been learnt in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The review of the Act will also consider important amendments to other legislation such as the Public Health Act 1997 to ensure our emergency management framework is consistent, robust and provides a strong foundation for our emergency response into the future.

All Tasmanians are encouraged to make a submission, with details regarding submissions and the Terms of Reference available at: https://www.dpfem.tas.gov.au

New Norfolk welcomes brand-new police station

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

New Norfolk welcomes brand-new police station

25 February 2022

New Norfolk’s brand-new state-of-the-art police station was officially opened today, giving our police officers and the community a modern and fit-for-purpose facility to be proud of.

This $5-million project involved the demolition and complete re-build of the old station, which had stood on Bathurst Street since the late 1960s.

As well as giving our police officers a state-of-the-art facility to work from, the new station provides more space to accommodate the growing number of police officers allocated to the Derwent Valley area.

Under this Government, New Norfolk has received an additional 5 police officers since 2014, taking the current allocation to 14 police officers.

Remote and country area policing has such an important role in our State, and this new Station will help to ensure that local policing services continue to be first class, now and into the future.

The station will also serve as a central space for the New Norfolk township, with a 3D artwork to be installed in front of the existing sycamore tree at the site, as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Art Site Scheme.

This will help ensure the station is a positive addition to the New Norfolk streetscape for many years to come.

Hansen Yuncken were awarded the contract to construct the new station, following design work by HBV Architects.

The Tasmanian Government has been rebuilding police numbers since coming to Government, by recruiting 308 additional police officers, which is a 30 per cent increase to ensure that Tasmanians continue to remain safe.