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.

Customers facing financial hardship

DPIPWE recognises that many of our Agency’s industry sectors and customers are experiencing financial hardship due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the intervening period, DPIPWE has implemented a financial hardship process.

Financial hardship is deemed to be when the customer is willing and has the intention to pay, but is unable to meet their payment obligations on current or existing debt, due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

If you wish to seek full or part waivers or refunds of DPIPWE fees and charges, on the grounds of financial hardship, please forward an application:

  • Made in writing (preferably email correspondence via the form below), addressed to the relevant area where the ​invoice/debt was originally raised;
  • Detailing the assistance you are seeking from DPIPWE;
  • With documentation and evidence to support your application; and
  • With details to assist us in identifying you, including business or trading name and postal address.

​Applications are to be emailed:​

  • Directly to the area where the invoice/debt was originally raised; or

  • To Financial@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​, with financial hardship application clearly identified in the email header.

​We will endeavour to assess each individual application as soon as practicable. ​Through the process we may need to clarify or request further supporting documentation.


AgriGrowth

Important ad​vice for Tasmanian Agricultural Businesses

​​​The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are providing stimulus packages to support Agricultural businesses managing​ the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Information on financial support in the Agricultural sector, along with useful links and contacts for agricultural business owners and operators, employers, and importers and exporters is available on the COVID-19 Tasmanian Agricultural Businesses page.​​

​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.​

Biosecurity Tasmania’s Primary Produce Safety Program has prepared an information sheet on food safety practices in relation to COVID-19. The information sheet can be found below:

 

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. 

A list is available on the COVID-19 Hunting Arrangemen​ts page​.​​​​


Heritage Tasmania

The current COVID-19 situation has necessitated the closure of Heritage Tasmania’s offices to members of the public in Hobart and Launceston. But measures are in place to ensure you get the help you need. Details are available on the Heritage Tasmania website​.

​​Inland Fisheries Service

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

They have information about the COVID-19 response available on the Inland Recreational Fishing webpage​.

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

From Monday 11 May, Tasmanian residents will be able to undertake exercise at their local national parks and reserves, including beaches on reserved land with 30km of their place of residence.

Exercising includes activities such as:

  • mountain biking
  • walking and hiking (not overnight)
  • swimming
  • surfing

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

 

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

​From Monday 11 May, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens will be open for exercise from 8am to 5pm daily (winter operating hours), however the visitor centre and cafe will remain closed.

Essential staff remain onsite and will continue caring for the living collections at the Gardens.


Scallop Fishing

2020 Recreational scallop ​season closure​

​The recreational scallop season in Tasmania will remain closed as part of broader measures to protect Tasmanians 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​.​


Wildlife

If you are a wildlife carer, and are concerned about the affects of COVID-19 on the rescue and rehabilitation work, you can find advice​ on the ​​COVID-19 Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation 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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