Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tender released for $3.6 million Southern Special Operations Group facility

18 September 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has a plan to keep Tasmanians safe which is why we are investing $3.6 million in the 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget to build a southern-based Special Operations Group (SOG) facility.

The Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management has today released the Request for Tender for the Southern SOG facility, which will be open from 18 September until 19 October 2021.

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.

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.

In the short term, the additional officers will support 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.