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Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert information and Government updates

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Advice and resources for Tasmanian businesses

All the information and services you need to help you start, run and grow your business in Tasmania.

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Grants and funding

Find grants or funding opportunities for your business or industry.

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Policies and strategies for growth

Policies and strategies designed to grow the economy for all Tasmanians.

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The Department of State Growth produces a variety of free corporate and industry publications.

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State Roads

Tasmania’s road network is managed to connect communities and enable the safe, reliable and efficient transport of people and goods.

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Vehicle registration and licensing

Information about registering or transferring vehicle(s) and holding a driver licence in Tasmania

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Gatherings and movement restrictions

Strict restrictions have been placed on movement and gatherings.

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Business support loans open

Loans from $20 000 up to $250 000 are available to assist eligible businesses for the purpose of supporting business continuity, viability and sustainability during the Coronavirus period.

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Energy consumers protected

Support for Tasmanian residential and small business energy customers.

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Support for Tasmanians who have lost their job

Individuals who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 will be able to access immediate support to connect to work or training to help find a new job or retrain for a new career.

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Cashless bus fares and fare amnesty

To minimise person-to-person contact, all bus services across the state will be cashless from today, Friday 27 March 2020. This includes general access and fare-charging school buses.

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Additional TT-Line sailings

Unless you are a returning Tasmanian or an essential traveller, you should not come to our state given our strong border restrictions to keep Tasmanians safe and secure.

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More support for our vital primary industries

The Tasmanian Government is committed to helping Tasmanians across the state as we deal with the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supporting our cultural and creative industries

The Tasmanian Government is continuing to supporting our cultural and creative industries through the difficulties faced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Financial support for small business

Due to the significant impact of COVID-19 on Tasmanian small businesses, grants are now available to help businesses in severely impacted industries.

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Business support loans

Due to the significant impact of COVID-19 on Tasmanian small businesses, loans are available to assist eligible businesses with business continuity, viability and sustainability.

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Business continuity grant

We recognise the need for Tasmanian businesses to prepare for the resumption of normal operations and funding available to help Tasmanian businesses to trade through and survive the economic impact of COVID-19, and accelerate recovery.

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Business vehicle registration relief

To support significantly impacted Tasmanian small businesses, business vehicle registration savings and deferrals are now available.

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Supporting our creative arts

We recognise the significant impact the unfolding COVID-19 situation is having on Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries, with funding available to support our artists, screen practitioners and arts organisations.

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Measures to assist residential renters

Information on measures to assist renters during COVID-19 pandemic

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Further venue closures

As of midnight Wednesday 25 March 2020, the following business and facilities must either close or adhere to new restrictions

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Private airstrips closed to interstate aircrafts

To keep Tasmanians safe against the spread of COVID-19, aeroplanes and aircrafts that commence their flight outside of Tasmania are prohibited from landing on private airstrips in the state.

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Using buses during COVID-19

Practical measures on public transport to ensure that people who need to travel and bus drivers are kept as safe as possible.

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Supporting businesses in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government continues to progress the package of support to help Tasmanian businesses.

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Driver assessments suspended

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, and with due consideration of the wellbeing of both our staff and clients, all government-delivered driver assessments have been suspended.

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NW bus changes deferred

In light of COVID-19, and in order to minimise disruption to communities, the decision has been made to delay implementation of the north west bus network changes which were scheduled to commence on 19 April 2020.

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Ensuring essential supplies for Tasmanians

There is no need to panic about getting your daily essentials.

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COAG energy update

Energy ministers from across Australia discussed the challenges facing the energy system as a result of COVID-19.

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Public transport continuing

Public transport is very important to the functioning of our community and economy and is not affected by the advice against holding large gatherings.

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Maintaining essential energy supply

Tasmania’s energy supply remains secure in light of COVID-19 and its potential impacts on industry and our community.

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Further economic stimulus measures welcomed

The Tasmanian Government welcomes the release of the second stage of the Federal Government’s economic plan.

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Coronavirus scams

There have been reports of people attempting to exploit the coronavirus pandemic.

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Antarctic meetings cancelled

The international meetings of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), which were to be held in Tasmania in August 2020, have been cancelled by the organisers.

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WCWR operations suspended

Due to the current COVID-19 situation unfolding around the world, and based on the latest advice, the West Coast Wilderness Railway has suspend operations from Friday 20 March 2020 for an initial period of 30 days.

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Border restrictions to protect Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency.

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Government stimulus package

The Tasmanian Government has announced a $420 million economic stimulus package.

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COVID-19 – Tasmanian hotlines

Do you have questions about coronavirus?  We are here to take your call.

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COVID-19 – Protecting yourself

Following this advice and practising hygienic respiratory etiquette can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 – NEW self assessment tool as at 18 March 2020

Learn more about assessing your risk of coronavirus with this self-assessment tool.

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COVID-19 – Hand washing procedure

Learn more about the proper procedure for washing your hands to help prevent protect yourself and others.

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