Biosecurity Bill 2019
The Tasmanian Government has release the draft Biosecurity Bill 2019 for public comment. Before this bill, Tasmania’s biosecurity was managed under seven separate Acts. The law proposes to establish a general biosecurity duty of care for businesses and individuals dealing with biological material that might pose a biosecurity risk.
Have your say to ensure Tasmania’s laws reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases in crops and livestock, quarantined pests, invasive alien species and living modified organisms.
To access the Bill and information on how to provide comment, click here. Written submissions on the draft Bill can be made until 22nd February 2019.
Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework
As the first phase of the Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation, the government has released a Discussion Paper seeking input on how the sector should be governed and what should be considered in developing a new legislative framework
Submissions can be made until 1 March 2019. Read more and have your say.
Anti-Protest Amendment Bill 2019
The Department of Justice has released the draft ‘Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019’ for public comment. The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 to address those parts of the Act likely to infringe on the freedom of political communication, as identified by the High Court of Australia in the case of Brown and Another v State of Tasmania.
The amendments have attempted to reduce the Act’s specific focus on protesters, and simplify offences and arrest powers. However, critics suggest that the anti-protester spirit of the law remains. For more analysis on the anti-protest law reform in Tasmania, click here.
Written submissions on the draft Bill can be made until 3rd March 2019. To access the Bill and information on how to have your say, click here.
Electoral reform review
Comments on the draft Bill have now closed. Comments on the broader report can be made until 15 April 2019. Read more and have your say.
Stay up to date
To stay up to date with opportunities to comment, subscribe to the EDO Tasmania Bulletin. You can also use these resources to gather information about current opportunities to have your say.
- Tasmanian Government
- Environment Protection Authority – Assessments in Progress
- TasWater – Have your say
- Tasmanian Planning Commission – Amendments to Planning Scheme
- Planning Alerts – this is a free website that allows you to register to receive an email when a local government planning application is lodged near you (note: as at January 2016, only Hobart, Launceston, Clarence, Kingborough, Huon Valley and Sorell Councils have signed up to this service – if you are in another local government area, encourage your council to register with Planning Alerts)
- Local councils
- check the public notices in your local paper, look for the Council logo. All discretionary planning applications must be advertised
- read local newsletters for information about upcoming public meetings and consultations
- check your Council’s website (generally, in the “Public Notices” section).