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.
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.
Regional Recovery Committees
Regional Recovery Committees (RRC) are being 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 will play 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 will initially be 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, and enable community-led recovery activities; and
- support the Government in the ongoing response to and recovery from COVID-19.
RRC members will all be based in the relevant region and will include nine members:
- the Mayor of one predominantly rural or regional local council in the RRC region;
- the Mayor of one predominantly urban local council in the RRC region;
- two community members living in the RRC region;
- one young person (18-24 years) living in the RRC region;
- one State Government representative;
- one Commonwealth representative;
- one business or business sector organisation; and
- one social services sector organisation;
Find out more
If you have any questions about the Regional Recovery Committees, please contact the COVID-19 Recovery Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet at COVIDRecovery@dpac.tas.gov.au.
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 will be 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
- supporting the Government in the ongoing response to and recovery from COVID-19.
Each member will be 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
- 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.
The Government regularly makes funding available to support community-led projects, which RRCs will be able to recommend projects for. RRCs will also be able to secure the resourcing required to support community-led initiatives through:
- Existing Commonwealth, State, local or philanthropic grant opportunities
- Financial, in-kind, or business-as-usual contributions from other regional stakeholders
Specific funding for RRCs may be provided in the future if required, subject to normal State Budget processes.
Regional Recovery Committees will be responsible for both recommending government-led recovery activities, and enabling community-led recovery activities.
RRCs will not be directly responsible for delivering or coordinating projects. Any community-led, place-based initiatives enabled by RRCs will need to be delivered either by an existing organisation or group that is endorsed to do so by the RRC, or by a working group or sub-committee of the RRC.
The establishment of any sub-committee or working group will need to be approved by the State Recovery Advisor, or their delegate.
The frequency of RRC meetings will be determined by the membership of each RRC. On average, however, we expect each RRC to meet once a month.
Each committee member would be expected to commit the equivalent of approximately three days per month to RRC work (on average), including meetings.
The timing of RRC meetings will be determined by the membership of each RRC.
RRCs will be 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 representatives will be paid sitting fees for their involvement and will be reimbursed any costs involved (such as travel expenses).
Engaging with communities and organisations in each region will be a critical part of the work of the Regional Recovery Committees.
Details about opportunities to engage with each RRC will be announced in the second half of 2021.
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.