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Department of State Growth

Establishing Stadiums Tasmania

Stadiums Tasmania has been established as a new statutory entity, following the passage of the Stadiums Tasmania Act 2022, to oversee the management and development of Tasmania’s major stadium assets and infrastructure.

This will centralise the ownership, management, and capital development of our major public stadiums under a single entity with a statewide perspective. This will build their capacity to host major sporting, entertainment, and community events.

It will ensure the stadiums operate effectively and efficiently and that they continue to meet the future needs of sporting codes and competitions, other users, and audiences. This approach aligns Tasmania with the approach adopted by other states, where national standard stadiums are managed by government.

Stadiums Tasmania is expected initially to assume responsibility for up to five stadiums. MyState Bank Arena and the Silverdome are already owned by the Tasmanian Government and will transfer. The inclusion of Blundstone Arena, Dial Regional Sports Complex in Penguin and University of Tasmania (UTas) Stadium is yet to be confirmed and remains subject to negotiations with their owners.

The Stadiums Tasmania Act 2022 is expected to be amended in late 2022, following the introduction of the Stadiums Tasmania Amendment (Transfers) Bill 2022. It will provide the provisions needed to transfer stadium assets, liabilities, contracts, and employees. It will also provide provisions for Stadiums Tasmania to hire new employees. To access a copy of the draft Transfers Bill, go to the Related Documents section of the Home Page for Stadiums Tasmania.

Project Updates on how Stadiums Tasmania is being prepared to commence operations will continue to be released on this web site during 2022.

Overview

In April 2021 the Tasmanian Government announced plans to establish Stadiums Tasmania, a new statutory entity, to oversee the management and development of Tasmania’s major public stadium assets and infrastructure.

The establishment of Stadiums Tasmania will centralise the ownership, management, and capital development of these assets under a single entity with a statewide perspective. Stadiums Tasmania will ensure the effective and efficient operation of these assets; ensure they remain fit for purpose; continue to meet the future needs of sporting codes, other users, and audiences; and further develop staff expertise in stadium management.

Historically, the management, and development of these assets has occurred without the benefit of an overarching statewide strategy. Establishing Stadiums Tasmania will address this issue and align Tasmania with the approach adopted by other states, where national standard stadiums are managed by Government.

Together with establishing Stadiums Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government has also committed over $100 million to upgrade Blundstone Arena, Dial Regional Sports Complex, the Silverdome and UTas Stadium; to seeking extra funding for UTas Stadium; and to the continued redevelopment of MyState Bank Arena, the former Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC).

Infrastructure Tasmania (ITas), is facilitating the establishment Stadiums Tasmania and these upgrades.

Frequently asked questions

Why establish Stadiums Tasmania?

Stadiums Tasmania is being established to better coordinate the management and future development of Tasmania’s major public stadiums and related assets.

It will help to facilitate and enhance Tasmania’s ability to engage with major national and international sporting competitions, entertainment, and events, and better plan and target future capital investment for stadium assets.

It will also continue to provide access to local organisations, while helping to generate employment and grow local economies and wider visitor economy.

Currently, there is no clear mechanism that provides a statewide perspective or ensures appropriate levels of investment are planned. Without an overarching strategic approach, stadiums can lose their relevance and appeal, deteriorate, and ultimately cost significantly more to use, maintain, and revitalise.

Establishing Stadiums Tasmania will centralise the ownership, management, and future development of our stadiums under a single entity with a statewide perspective. It will enable each to operate effectively and efficiently and meet the diverse needs of sporting codes and competitions, users, and audiences.

Why do we need a new statutory authority?

The Tasmanian Government recognises the management of major public stadiums is a highly specialised function and quite distinct from the traditional roles that have historically been fulfilled by government agencies.

Stadiums Tasmania will bring together the right mix of expertise and resources for each stadium to operate effectively and efficiently, position them to continue to develop and meet the future needs of the various communities, sporting codes, other users, and audiences that benefit from their existence.

What is the plan and timeframe?

Stadiums Tasmania has been created, following the passage of the Stadiums Tasmania Act 2022 on 25 May 2022.

The Act’s commencement will now enable the leadership of Stadiums Tasmania to be recruited and appointed, including its Chairperson, Board Members, Chief Executive Officer, and initial employees.

Effort is currently focused on confirming how each of the initial stadiums proposed to transfer operates; developing profiles for these stadiums; developing the proposed business model for Stadiums Tasmania; and determining what needs to be agreed with each of the stadium owners to facilitate the transfer process.

The stadiums will continue to be managed and operated by their current owners on a business-as-usual basis, until they transfer on a mutually agreed transfer date.

Which stadiums are expected to transfer?

MyState Bank Arena (MSBA) in Hobart and the Silverdome in Launceston are both owned by the Tasmanian Government and will transfer to Stadiums Tasmania.

Negotiations with the City of Launceston to transfer UTas Stadium to Stadiums Tasmania are continuing.

These transfers are expected to commence over the Summer of  2022-2023.

The inclusion of Blundstone Arena is subject to further discussions with the owners of this venue - the City of Clarence and Cricket Tasmania. The inclusion of the Dial Regional Sports Complex is also subject to further discussions with its owner, the Central Coast Council.

In the future, additional stadiums and related assets may transfer to Stadiums Tasmania, where this is able to be negotiated and agreed.

Will Stadiums Tasmania develop new stadiums?

The Act gives Stadiums Tasmania the ability to develop existing stadiums and develop new stadium infrastructure.

However, responsibility for developing any new stadiums in the future, along with the necessary resources, would be determined by the Tasmanian Government.

It is expected other areas of Government, like Infrastructure Tasmania, will play a role in supporting Stadiums Tasmania to deliver projects of this nature.

Why have a skills-based Board?

A skills-based Board with specific essential qualifications, experience and expertise identified in the Bill will position Stadiums Tasmania to be soundly governed and make informed decisions that best support its functions, powers, and obligations.

Key bodies and local government will continue to play an important role in supporting Stadiums Tasmania to identify opportunities to provide content that responds to the needs of the local, regional, and wider community.

The Act  also contains provisions that enable the Board to form committees. This positions Stadiums Tasmania to be able to discuss and explore its needs. This mechanism is expected to be useful in facilitating regular dialogue with key stakeholders, giving them an avenue to provide advice to the Board.

Why have five to seven Board members?

The provisions in the Act that govern the Board’s size give the Minster for Hospitality and Events the ability to appoint between five and seven members. This will enable the size of the Board to be adjusted and reflect its strategic needs, required skillset and complexity of operations.

Why has a second Bill, the Transfers Bill, been drafted?

Stadiums Tasmania is being established in a staged manner. This approach recognises the complexity of merging multiple stadiums, operated in quite different ways, into a single entity. It will also enable Stadiums Tasmania to begin to operate and have its leadership help inform the due diligence and transfer processes.

The passage of the Stadiums Tasmania Act 2022 has created Stadiums Tasmania and gives it the leadership it needs to: start to operate; establish its organisational structure and operating model; and help determine how the stadiums, related assets, liabilities, agreements, and employees proposed to transfer should transfer.

A second Bill, the Stadiums Tasmania Amendment (Transfers) Bill 2022 has been drafted and expected to be tabled in late 2022. It will provide Stadiums Tasmania the ability to transfer current stadium employees into the organisation and transfer all agreed stadium assets, contracts, liabilities, and employee entitlements.

What about vendors, tenants, and contractors?

Wherever possible, existing leases, licences, vendors, tenants, and contractors that currently service or operate from each of the affected stadiums will transfer to Stadiums Tasmania with each stadium, preserving the current arrangements.

This aims to ensure the stadium’s smooth transition and will maintain the status quo. Before the transfers can occur, entities directly affected will be contacted and the transition process will be able to be explored with each of them.

Will the needs of local groups still be met?

The Act explicitly recognises the role Stadiums Tasmania and the stadiums it operates will continue to have in hosting state and local competitions, events, and organisations. The functions in the Act specify that Stadiums Tasmania is to:

  • host statewide, regional and local content;
  • proactively communicate and engage with stadium users; and
  • facilitate Tasmania’s engagement in statewide and local competitions.

Where do I find a copy of the Act?

View - Tasmanian Legislation Online

What if I have a question?

While Stadiums Tasmania is being established, individual stadiums will continue to operate as usual. If you have a question about a specific stadium, please continue to liaise with your usual contact person at the stadium that you are involved. This aims to keep things as business as usual for staff, users, local groups, and others.

Contact us

If you would like further information, please email us stadiums@stategrowth.tas.gov.au or phone (03) 6166 4921.

Contact us

If you would like further information, please email us stadiums@stategrowth.tas.gov.au or phone (03) 6166 4921.