Government Service Closures

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Last Updated: 28 Mar 2020 6:07pm

Communities Tasmania

Division Service closure

Housing Tasmania Tenancy Services

Annual property inspections, general home visits, office appointments.

Telephone contact with tenants is the primary contact method wherever possible.

Tenants are being visited in their homes where there is no other reasonable option.

All community related closures for services and events can be found on the Communities Tasmania website.

Children and Youth Services

Child Safety Service

Tasmania’s Child Safety Service is an essential service which means anyone with a concern about the safety and wellbeing of a child and their family will still be able call the Strong Families Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line 1800 000 123 to discuss their concerns. Children and young people can also contact the Advice and Referral Line to ask for help for themselves.

The Child Safety Service has adopted social distances measures which means our service has made some changes to the way we work.

All decisions to change the way we work are based on the latest public health advice.

The key change the Child Safety Service has made is to replace all non-essential face to face meetings and contact arrangements with phone or video links. This change will be in place until further notice.

All essential functions of the Child Safety Service will be delivered through-out the pandemic.

Out of Home Care

  • All travel overseas and non-essential interstate travel for children under the custody and guardianship of the Communities Tasmania is suspended.
  • Child Safety Officers will minimise non-essential face-to-face contact between children and their families.
  • All care households are strongly encouraged to implement specific hygiene and social distancing measures such as limiting visitors to your household and providing children and young people with fact information to help them feel more informed.

More information including how to support children and young people regarding the coronavirus can be found on the Communities Tasmania website.

Disability and Community Services

Gamblers Help

Elder Abuse Helpline

Communities, Sport and Recreation

Updated information on community, sporting and championship events that are funded by Communities, Sport and Recreation can be accessed on the Communities Tasmania website.



Division Service closure
Learning Division


  • Libraries Tasmania sites
  • Bruny Online
  • Berriedale Archives Repository


Division Service closure

Supreme Court

No jury trials until at least 21 July. Judges will continue to deal with other cases.

Magistrates Court

The Court is enforcing a degree of separation between people in court proceedings, including the public seating at the rear of the court, and requesting that those who are not required to attend court to stay out of the building.

Tasmanian Prison Service

All personal visits across the Tasmania Prison Service have been temporarily suspended. Essential professional visits such as legal practitioners on official business will continue at this time.

Community Service SchemeThe Community Service Scheme is currently not operating. All stakeholders will be advised as soon as the scheme recommences.
Births, Deaths and Marriages

Births, Deaths and Marriages has suspended customer appointments at 30 Gordons Hill Road, Rosny Park.

Certificate applications can be lodged online.

The following applications should be lodged by mail:

  • Change of name registrations
  • Gender registrations
  • Relationship registrations

For more details visit the Department of Justice website.

Premier and Cabinet

Division Service closure

Tasmanian Training Consortium

TTC has temporarily suspend its calendar courses, at this stage until 30 June 2020. More information is available on the TTC website.

Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Division Service closure

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS)

From midnight Thursday 26 March, PWS is temporarily closing all national parks, reserves, campgrounds and facilities to recreational and tourism use.

No day or overnight walks, mountain biking, fishing, tours or other activity will be permitted until further notice.

Washrooms, day use facilities, showers and visitor centres are also closed until further notice.

More detail on these closures is available on the PWS website.

World Heritage Sites
  • Cascade Female Factory
  • Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Coal Mines Historic Site

Land Titles Office

To reduce the number of people visiting the Land Titles Office, solicitors and surveyors are requested to direct enquiries via phone or email. Documents should be lodged online, submitted via post, or to a secure drop-box in the foyer.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Gardens are open with social distancing recommendations in place.

Cancelled events:

  • Day on the Lawn
  • RHH Research Foundation Easter Egg Hunt

State Growth

Division Service closure

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Galleries, Museum Shop and Courtyard Café


Driver assessments suspended


West Coast Wilderness Railway

Tasmanian Health Service

Division Service closure

Breastscreen Tasmania

New bookings

Closed to all new bookings until further notice.

BreastScreen Tasmania’s 13 20 50 telephone line continues to operate, and staff are available to assist you during this temporary service closure.

You can request a future booking by calling 13 20 50.

Existing bookings

All existing screening appointments have been cancelled.

Women who have been identified as having a screen-detected abnormality requiring further tests at our specialist assessment clinic should attend their existing appointment.

If you have an appointment at our specialist assessment clinic and are unwell, have travelled overseas or interstate within the last 14 days, or been in contact with a person with confirmed or suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) you must call 13 20 50.

Further information

Phone: 13 20 50
Web: BreastScreen Tasmania

Elective surgery

Urgent surgery

All urgent elective surgery is continuing.

Urgent elective surgery includes all Category 1 procedures and urgent Category 2 procedures.

Non-urgent surgery

All non-urgent elective surgeries have been cancelled until further notice.

Non-urgent elective surgery includes all semi urgent Category 2 procedures and all Category 3 procedures.

Hospital visiting hours

Visiting arrangements vary across our major hospitals in accordance with the types of services they provide and their level of response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Public access to our hospital wards is always at the discretion of the Nurse Unit Manager.

Launceston General Hospital

Visiting hours have temporarily changed.

Visitors are permitted between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily.

Only one visitor is allowed per patient at a time, and for a maximum stay of 30 minutes.

Mersey Community Hospital

Visiting hours are currently unchanged.

Visitors are permitted between 2:00pm to 8:00pm daily.

North West Regional Hospital

Visiting hours are currently unchanged.

Visitors are permitted between 2:00pm to 8:00pm daily.

Royal Hobart Hospital

Visiting hours are currently unchanged.

Visitors are permitted between 12:00pm to 1:30pm and 3:00pm to 8:00pm daily.

Only two visitors are allowed per patient at a time.

It is recommended that you consider the use of alternative methods of communication at this time  (ie telephones of FaceTime/Skype) and consider who should visit.

Oral Health Services Tasmania

*From 30 March 2020*

Emergency and urgent services

Emergency and urgent dental services are available at our major dental clinics located at Burnie, Devonport, Launceston, New Town, Clarence and Glenorchy.  All other sites are closed.

If you think you need urgent care, please phone 1300 011 013.

If you have an emergency appointment and are experiencing cold or flu-like symptom, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, or have been told to self-isolate you should not attend your appointment and  call 1300 011 013.

Non-urgent services

All non-essential dental appointments, including some denture services, are postponed until further notice. An Oral Health Services Tasmania staff member will be in touch to reschedule appointments.

If your dental condition changes, please phone 1300 011 013.

School dental programs

School dental programs, including the Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Program have been cancelled until further notice.

Further information

Phone: 1300 011 013
Web: Oral Health Services Tasmania

Government House

Service closure

All non-essential events cancelled or postponed for the time being.

Federal Government mandated closures

For a full list of Federal Government mandated closures, see public gatherings.