COVID-19 Response at DPIPWE

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​There are rapid changes occurring in the community at the moment. This includes DPIPWE. This page will keep you up to date with DPIPWE​ closures and cancellations. You can also find information about supportive measures for the community administered by DPIPWE.

Health-related information on COVID-19 can be found on the Tasmanian Department of Health website​.​

The Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website has a range of information including
  • border restrictions
  • business support
  • fly in fly out worker
  • the Spirit of Tasmania
  • essential travellers and more​​
Arrivals forms, and essential traveller application forms are​ available on the Biosecurity Tasmania webpages​.​​


Social distancing measures

Access to other DPIPWE facilities statewide is now limited. This includes
  • Stony Rise 
  • Mount Pleasant building
  • Lands Building
  • Inland Fisheries Service at New Norfolk and New Town
Anybody visiting a staff member or service desk will be required to call ahead via the phone available in the entrance to the building. If you would like to ring or email ahead please refer to the list of DPIPWE contacts​.

 

Doing business with us

The Government understands that COVID-19 is creating uncertainty and financial pressure for our suppliers. We want to help. Effective immediately we have reduced our payment terms from 30 days to 14 days for the payment of all correctly rendered invoices.

To ensure your invoice is processed efficiently, send a correctly rendered tax invoice to:  

FinancialOperations@dpipwe.tas.gov.au  ​

Please include the Department section name and contact name of the person making the purchase.


AgriGrowth

Important advice for Tasmanian Agricultural Businesses
If you are impacted by or have concerns about the​ coronavirus (COVID-19), ​​phone the Business Tasmania Hotline on ​​1800 440 026 or email ​​ask@business.tas.gov.au​. The Business Tasmania website also offers general advice and assis​tance options.

The Tasmanian Government has prepared a $420 million stimulus package to support Tasmania to tackle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian Government has announced a stimulus package​ to support businesses. Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses.

The Australian Banking Association​ has enlisted financial hardship teams to assist you with financial arrangements.

Go to the Fair Work website to find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you're affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

There is also useful information on the Australian Government Department of Health​ website including a factsheet for travellers in both English and simplified Chinese.

For operators looking for information on how the situation is being monitored in Tasmania, please visit the Tasmanian Department of Health website.

Employers can find information about coronavirus – what it is, how it spreads, who is most at risk and what you can do to help stop spreading – on the Australian Government Department of Health website and factsheet​.

The Department of Home Affairs ​has more information on new travel restrictions. For information relating to visas and citizenship see Coronavirus and Australian visas.

 
For detailed information and resources specific to tourism and hospitality businesses, go to the Tourism Tasmania website for an up to date FAQ.


Analytical Services Tasmania 

Visitors to Analytical Services Tasmania are requested to phone the number displayed at the ground floor security desk and will be assisted accordingly. This will enable appropriate social distancing to apply.

For more information about analytical services visit Analytical Services Tasmania​.


Animal Health Laboratory 

Clients are requested to call ahead before dropping specimens to the lab. This will minimise unnecessary public contact.
For more information about animal health visit Biosecurity Tasmania’s Animal Health page on the DPIPWE website.

 

Biosecurity Tasmania​

Everyone arriving in Tasmania is subject to border restrictions. Travellers, please visit Biosecurity Tasmania's COVID-19 important advice for travellers page.

The Veterinary Board of Tasmania​ has produced an information sheet on COVID-19 for veterinary Professionals.​

 
Tasmanians can still take their animals to a vet and boarding kennel if required under current community movement restrictions due to COVID-19. Information on ways to mitigate the COVID-19 risk from companion animals is now available to Tasmanian animal owners concerned about their pets on the Tasmanian Government c​oronavirus website.


EPA Tasmania 

​EPA Tasmania continues to monitor work, health and safety considerations of its staff, as well as providing regulatory activities in light of COVID-19. 

Business and community stakeholders can follow EPA Tasmania's COVID-19 webpage for updates.​

Fisheries Licensing (Level 1 – Tasplan Building) 

Visitors to the Fisheries licensing offices are requested to phone the number displayed at the ground floor security desk and will be assisted accordingly. This will enable appropriate social distancing to apply.

A new online digital licensing platform, FishPort provides an alternative to the paper-based licensing application system for the commercial wild-capture marine fishing industry in Tasmania.

Game hunting

Hunting and harvesting is no longer allowed​ in many Parks reserves and conservation areas. 


​​Inland Fisheries Service

The Inland Fisheries Service (IFS) is working alongside all Tasmanian Government agencies in response to COVID-19. 

Recreational fishing access is now restricted due to the closure of all national parks and reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service and land managed by Sustainable Timbers Tasmania and Hydro Tasmania. This includes all lakes, other waterways and boat ramps.

Camping areas and campgrounds are closed across Tasmania.

​Shack owners should refer to the latest information on the ​Tasmanian Government coronavirus website.​ 

Land Titles Office (Level 1 – Lands Building, Hobart)

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 delivered to a secure drop-box in the foyer. 

Visitors to the Lands Building are requested to phone the number displayed at the ground floor security desk and will be assisted accordingly. This will enable appropriate social distancing to apply.

For more information about land titles matters visit the Land Titles Office​​ page on the DPIPWE website.


Parks and Wildlife​ Service

Tasmania's national parks are closed until further notice in an effort to stop non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
Details can be found on the ​Tasmania Parks and Wildlife website.​​

 

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) is closed to the public until further notice. Essential staff remain onsite and will continue caring for the living collections at the Gardens.

 
For more information visit th​e RTBG website.​ ​ 

 

Scallop Fishing

2020 Recreational scallop ​season closure​

​The recreational scallop season in Tasmania will remain closed as part of broader measures to protect Tasmaians during the current COVID-19 situation. 

More information can be found on the COVID-19 recreational fishing information page.​​​

 

Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority (TDIA)

TDIA is providing advice to industry about food safety information, and how to ensure employees remain safe. The details can be found on the TDIA COVID-19 and dairy food safety page​.​

DPIPWE Volunteers

The safety of our volunteers, employees and visitors is our utmost priority. All non-essential volunteering programs have been suspended until further notice. This also includes individual participation as part of community or environmental groups. ​​

DPIPWE is monitoring the rapidly changing response to COVID-19. This includes any volunteer involvement within essential DPIPWE programs. Volunteers should consider their own personal circumstances, adhere to all government advice, including hygiene and social distancing, and cease volunteer participation wherever needed. There is no obligation to participate.

Please contact your DPIPWE Volunteer Program Supervisor or your Volunteer Team Leader directly for advice if you are unsure of the current status of volunteer programs.  Alternatively, contact the Department by email volunteering@dpipwe.tas.gov.au or your Volunteer Service Organisation directly, including Wildcare and  Landcare Tasmania.

Go to the Parks and Wildlife Service website FAQs​ for information about PWS facility closures.

More information about DPIPWE's volunteer program is available at dpipwe.tas.gov.au/about-the-department/volunteering-at-dpipwe​


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