Tasmania’s Recovery from COVID-19

Last Updated: 13 Dec 2021 4:27pm

The Tasmanian community and economy will take some time to fully recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The Tasmanian Government and a range of organisations have delivered immediate and short-term relief and recovery measures for businesses, communities and individuals.

As Tasmania’s borders reopen in December 2021, there may be additional impacts on the community and economy. Preparations have been made to ensure that programs can be implemented quickly if required in early 2022.

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, place-based approaches that respond to the needs within each area of the State.

Recovery activity

The Government’s recovery activity has been guided by the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC). 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.

In 2020, the Government accepted all 116 recommendations from the two reports produced by PESRAC. Progress on the delivery of PESRAC interim recommendations will be publicly reported in the first half of 2022.

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 – until August 2023 – 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 business or business sector organisation;
  • one social services sector organisation;
  • one State Government representative; and
  • one Commonwealth representative.