2022-23 Budget investing to continue keeping Tasmanians safe

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

2022-23 Budget investing to continue keeping Tasmanians safe

1 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. 

The 2022-23 Tasmanian Budget is delivering for all Tasmanians, and continues our unprecedented investment, including capital funding of $106.8 million, plus $18 million in other funding initiatives to provide the infrastructure and systems that our emergency services rely on.

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.
 
Importantly, $15.1 million over two years will be provided to establish pilot Multidisciplinary Centres in the North and the South of Tasmania that will provide wrap around support to victim-survivors of family and sexual violence, and will also fund 15 of the new officers.

The Budget also invests $3.7 million over four years to upgrade our forensic scientific instruments to provide higher levels of result accuracy, assisting with prosecutions, and to increase the storage capacity of forensic exhibits which will mean that victim-survivors of sexual violence can report to police when they feel ready.

To ensure our emergency service workers are safe when on the job, the 2022-23 Budget also includes:

  • $6.2 million to replace automatic vehicle location systems, ensuring emergency vehicles are able to be located, wherever they are in our community;
  • $500,000 for the Emergency Dispatching, Messaging and Alerting Project to ensure emergency services have communication infrastructure that enables them to respond in all environments and terrains;
  • $460,000 for continued usage of drone technology to help bring offenders to justice and to help crack down on hooning;
  • $760,000  for Tasmania Police to replace their glock pistols;
  • $10.6 million for the Country Police Station Relief Policy; and
  • $3 million for the Health and Wellbeing Program.

The President of the Police Association of Tasmania has welcomed all of these Budget commitments stating: “these commitments will help protect the Tasmanian community, assist in the safety of our members and make the State of Tasmania safer.”
 
We are also providing  $121 million across the forward estimates for Bushfire and Flood prevention including:

  • $11.95 million annually for our nation-leading Fuel Reduction Program;
  • $640,000 for volunteers to gain firefighting skills in remote areas, on top of the $2.3m already invested;
  • $1.75 million to continue the roll-out of mission-critical equipment to our SES and TFS volunteers;
  • $2 million to continue our highly successful volunteer grants program;
  • $210,000 for automated sandbag filling machines to increase the SES’s capability to respond to floods;
  • $420,000 for our SES to purchase new rescue vehicles and a storm trailer to provide our SES with the equipment that they need to respond to emergencies at our new $12 million state of the art Sorell Emergency Services Hub which will be complete in early 2023.

Our Government is the strongest supporter of Tasmania’s fantastic emergency services responders, in contrast to Labor who lost the election in 2014 and left Tasmania with fewer police officers than when Labor had first came to office 16 years before in 1998.

This was Labor’s legacy and it seems nothing has changed.

Just yesterday, Rebecca White made it clear that Labor has no plan, no alternative budget, and no vision for Tasmania.

In contrast the Tasmanian Liberal Government is focused on strengthening Tasmania’s future, and making Tasmania’s priorities our priorities.

Continuing to keep Tasmanians safe

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Continuing to keep Tasmanians Safe

1 September 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is investing $348 million over the Forward Estimates to Tasmania Police as part of our strong plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

In responding to the 2021-2022 Tasmanian Budget, Colin Riley, the President of the Police Association of Tasmania stated…“The Budget provides funding for all of the Government’s 2021 election commitments to our members and more.”

“We are very grateful for the care shown for our members which will result in increased service delivery and the safety of the Tasmanian community.”

This Government recognises that our Police do an incredible job in protecting our communities, and undertaking challenging and often confronting situations daily as part of their role.

The 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget includes $9.4 million to commence the recruitment of an additional 50 police officers over the next five years, bringing the total to 308 under this Liberal Government.

The Budget also delivers on our other election commitments, including:

  • $3 million towards the $6.5 million State Control Centre, to assist our police officers and State Servants who are working hard to protect our State from COVID-19;
  • $2.5 million over four years to employ eight additional State Service employees who will support police in roles such as prosecution, cybercrime and digital evidence analysis;
  • $20 million towards a new police station in St Helens and significant upgrades at the Bridgewater Police Station;
  • $3.6 million to construct a southern based SOG facility;
  • $2.4 million over 2 years to extend Tasmania’s electronic monitoring of family violence perpetrators, after the successful trial showed a 76 per cent decrease in high-risk family violence incidents, and a 100 per cent decrease in stalking; and
  • $9.6 million towards completing our $21.7 million program of police housing upgrades, delivering 49 new and renovated houses for police officers and their families stationed in remote and regional areas of Tasmania.

The Budget also invests $5.1 million for an Emergency Mental Health Co-Response Team that will improve the way that our services respond to critical mental health cases, while also investing:

  • $2.8 million to bolster our Large Vessel Replacement Program to deliver a world class replacement for the PV Van Diemen;
  • $13.1 million to get police out of courts in the North West of the State;
  • $100,000 over the next four years to Crime Stoppers to assist in delivering its programs; and a
  • $4 million grants program to allow local communities to purchase and install CCTV cameras.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will continue to invest in Tasmania Police to ensure it can continue to keep all Tasmanians safe and secure Tasmania’s future.