Announcements During the Caretaker Period

​​​​​​​​​The Tasmanian Government has now entered the Caretaker period in preparation for the Tasmanian State election set down for 1 May 2021.  


Section 1.3 of the Caretake Conventions states that:

The Caretaker period recognises that:

With the expiration or dissolution of the House of Assembly, Executive Government cannot be held accountable to Parliament for its decision in the normal manner; every general election carries the possibly of a change of government.

​​During ‘Caretaker’ the ordinary business and administration of government and the public service continues. However, there are conventions in place during this period to prevent an incoming government being committed to major decisions, and to protect the apolitical nature of the State Service.

It is important during this time that Tasmanian Government resources are not used to communicate political material. As such, the DPIPWE website is being reviewed and moderated during the Caretaker Period until after the election to ensure pollical material is not place on the site.

For transparency, this webpage is where DPIPWE will keep a list of key actions to date relating to DPIPWE websites.

COVID-19 Marine Farming Assistance

The Government COVID assistance package providing fee relief for the shellfish industry concluded at the end of March 2021. Annual lease fees are now payable from 1 April 2021 and marine farming licence fees are due at the time of renewal (30 April 2021).

In 2021, the Department will again be providing the option for shellfish farmers to apply for an extension and payment plan for the ShellMAP levy. Marine farming licence holders who can demonstrate significant financial hardship should contact the Marine Farming Branch for advice on the application and assessment process for seeking fee relief. See more information on Marine Farming Assistance.​

​New Aboriginal and Dual Names

A total of 15 new Aboriginal and Dual Names​ have been approved following recommendations received from the Place Names Advisory Panel in late December 2020 and March 2021.​


Rural Water Use Strategy

Consistent with the Caretaker Conventions Guidelines, the Department has republished the final Rural Water Use Strategy​ to remove the page containing the Minister's Foreword and photo.​


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