The Department of Health is working closely with national health authorities and local health services, including hospitals and GPs, to prepare for more cases and identify and appropriately manage potential cases quickly. We are being guided by the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus, national guidelines that are being reviewed daily, and extensive pandemic planning undertaken over recent years.
Public Health Emergency Declaration
The Director of Public Health has declared a Public Health Emergency for Tasmania to help manage the threat of COVID-19.
This declaration provides the Director with emergency powers to implement public health measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Tasmania.
You can read the Directions made under the Public Health Act 1997 on the Resources page.
State of Emergency Declaration
The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency for Tasmania in response to COVID-19.
The State Control Centre has been activated, meaning the whole-of-government response to COVID-19 is being led by the State Controller – Commissioner of Police, Darren Hine – in close liaison with the Director of Public Health, Mark Veitch.
You can read the Directions made under the Emergency Management Act 2006 on the Resources page.
Premier's Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council
The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) has been established to provide advice to the Government on strategies and initiatives to support the short to medium, and the longer term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
PESRAC will provide advice and recommendations on how to best mitigate the economic and social impacts of the pandemic. It will also identify opportunities for economic and social renewal.
PESRAC is made up of individuals from across the business and community sectors with experience, knowledge and the necessary resourcefulness to advise the Premier on a roadmap for recovery and the social and economic opportunities and initiatives to rebuild a stronger and more resilient Tasmania.
For more information, go to the PESRAC website.