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