Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Contract awarded to build the Southern Special Operations Group Facility

25 December 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has a plan to keep Tasmanians safe which is why we are investing $3.6 million to build a southern based Special Operations Group (SOG) facility.

The $3.6 million contract has been awarded to Vos Construction and Joinery, a Tasmanian building contractor, who will undertake the construction with Tasmanian company Philp Lighton Architects leading the design.

This investment builds on the $8.9 million announced in last year’s Budget to employ an additional 20 SOG officers over four years, and an investment of $1 million to build a purpose built SOG facility in the North.

SOG officers are highly trained and equipped to respond to a wide range of security situations, and can be deployed during high-risk policing incidents in response to security threats or to support criminal investigations.

In the short term, the additional officers are supporting Tasmania’s COVID-19 response capacity in areas such as quarantine checking, compliance and assessment, which are critical services in helping to keep our community safe.

The Southern SOG Facility is scheduled to be complete by December 2022.