Tasmania’s Recovery from COVID-19

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2021 12:14am

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Tasmanian community, including on our social and economic wellbeing. Immediate and short-term relief and recovery measures have been delivered for businesses, communities and individuals. The Government is also implementing initiatives to support the State’s longer-term recovery from the pandemic. There are two main areas of activity:

  • coordinating and supporting state-level recovery measures; and
  • enabling regional recovery, through community-led, placed-based approaches that respond to the needs within each area of the State.

The Premier’s Social and Economic Recovery Advisory Council

The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) was established to provide advice to the Government on strategies and initiatives to support the short to medium term, as well as the longer term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about PESRAC, go to the PESRAC website.

Regional recovery

Recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 requires a community-led and place-based approach to ensure the best outcomes for the Tasmanian people, businesses and communities.

COVID-19 Regional Recovery Committees

COVID-19 Regional Recovery Committees (CRRCs) have been established in Tasmania’s North, North-West, and South to ensure that Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 supports the needs of all communities across our State.

The Committees are playing an important role in identifying the medium and long-term recovery needs within each region, as well as enabling locally-led, place-based recovery activities.

The committees have initially been appointed for two years to:

  • identify the specific impacts of COVID-19 in each region, and each region’s priorities for recovery;
  • recommend government-led recovery activities;
  • enable community-led recovery activities; and
  • support the Government in the ongoing response to and recovery from COVID-19.

CRRC members are based in the relevant region and include 10 members:

  • two local government representatives;
  • two community members living in the CRRC region;
  • one Tasmanian Aboriginal person living in the CRRC region;
  • one young person (18-24 years) living in the CRRC region;
  • one State Government representative;
  • one Commonwealth representative;
  • one business or business sector organisation; and
  • one social services sector organisation;

APPLY NOW - Tasmanian Aboriginal representatives needed

We are seeking Tasmanian Aboriginal representatives to join one of three COVID-19 Regional Recovery Committees in Northern, North-Western and Southern Tasmania.

It is very important that our State’s recovery from coronavirus is shaped by the voices of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Tasmanian Aboriginal people will be at the centre of our recovery efforts.

Tasmanian Aboriginal representatives will work alongside nine other committee members representing all levels of government; business; the community services sector; young people; and the general community. Representatives will be paid for their work on the committees.

Nominations are encouraged from Aboriginal people who:

  • live in the North, North-West or South of Tasmania;
  • have strong connections to Aboriginal community members in their region;
  • have a good understanding of the recovery needs of Tasmanian Aboriginal people in their region; and
  • have experience in developing community-led initiatives.

How to apply

To apply for one of these positions, please consider the CRRC initial terms of reference , then download and complete an application form, along with an eligibility form (if not previously completed). Completed forms should be submitted to COVIDRecovery@dpac.tas.gov.au by 9am, Monday 22 November 2021.

If you have any questions or require help with your application, please email COVIDRecovery@dpac.tas.gov.au or call (03) 6232 7602.


The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council recommended a regionally-led and place-based model for recovery in their interim and final reports. These recommendations have been accepted by the Tasmanian Government.

The Regional Recovery Committee model will ensure that recovery efforts in Tasmania are tailored to the unique needs of each region, as well as to the different impacts that have been experienced by different communities and sectors within each region. It will also help to foster collaboration between communities and organisations in each region – ensuring that all recovery efforts are well coordinated.

Committees are responsible for:

  • identifying the specific impacts of COVID-19 on their region and the region’s priorities for recovery;
  • recommending government-led recovery activities, and enabling community-led recovery activities; and
  • supporting the Government in the ongoing response to and recovery from COVID-19.

Each member is appointed to represent a particular sector, demographic or community within their region, with a particular focus on groups impacted by COVID-19 and Tasmania’s response. As such, members are expected to:

  • faithfully provide as complete a representation as possible of the views, interests, and aspirations of the community or sector the member has been asked to represent; and
  • regularly seek feedback and input from other members of their sector or community, and feed any views and advice received into the decision-making processes of the committee.

CRRCs are able to secure the resourcing required to support community-led initiatives through:

  • existing Commonwealth, State, local or philanthropic grant opportunities; and
  • financial, in-kind, or business-as-usual contributions from other regional stakeholders.

Specific funding for CRRCs may be provided in the future if required, subject to normal
State Budget processes.

COVID-19 Regional Recovery Committees are responsible for both recommending
government-led recovery activities, and enabling community-led recovery activities.

CRRCs are not directly responsible for delivering or coordinating projects. Any
community-led, place-based initiatives enabled by CRRCs need to be delivered either by an existing organisation or group that is endorsed to do so by the CRRC, or by a working group or sub-committee of the CRRC.

The establishment of any sub-committee or working group needs to be approved by the State Recovery Advisor, or their delegate.

The frequency of CRRC meetings is determined by the membership of each CRRC. On average, however, each CRRC is expected to meet once a month.

Each committee member is expected to commit the equivalent of approximately three days per month to CRRC work (on average), including meetings.

The timing of CRRC meetings is determined by the membership of each CRRC.

CRRCs are expected to hold meetings at a time and place that suits all members, with a clear agenda, agreed meeting principles and behaviours, and equitable deliberation and decision-making.

Community, Tasmanian Aboriginal, and youth representatives arepaid sitting fees for their involvement and are reimbursed any costs involved (such as travel expenses).

Engaging with communities and organisations in each region is a critical part of the work of the COVID-19 Regional Recovery Committees.

If you would like to provide input or support to the work of the committees, please email covidrecovery@dpac.tas.gov.au and the COVID-19 Recovery Branch team will connect you with the appropriate committee and representative.

The Tasmanian Government recognises that the voices of young people should have a central place in shaping our State’s recovery from COVID-19. This is why a dedicated youth representative is being appointed to each Regional Recovery Committee (RRC).

Due to the complex and relatively time-intensive nature of the work of the RRCs, the specific youth representative position on each RRC will need to be filled by a young person aged 18-24 years. In line with the UN definition of adolescents and young people (young people), however, the Government is keen to ensure that all young people, aged 10 to 24, have an opportunity to shape and contribute to Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.

As part of the work of each RRC, and led by the youth representatives, it is envisaged that there will be targeted opportunities for all young people to meaningfully contribute to the work of each RRC. Details of these opportunities will be made available in the second half of 2021.