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Have your say on the consultations below.

Consultation on bail reform

The Government has today released a Position Paper for the reform of bail law in Tasmania.

The Paper sets out the Government’s proposals for reforming bail legislation to

  • make community safety a primary consideration to be taken into account when granting bail
  • provide a clear statutory framework for what a court should consider when granting bail and
  • ensure there is greater transparency in bail decisions

The Position Paper sets out 15 proposals for changes to bail law including the introduction of a test of “unacceptable risk” for bail applicants and a presumption against bail in certain circumstances.

The Tasmanian Bail Act 1994 is largely procedural in nature. The proposed changes would bring Tasmania into line with all other states and territories who have legislated to amend the common law relating to bail.

The Government is also inviting stakeholder feedback on any changes that may be required to improve or clarify the existing procedural provisions of the Act.

Download the Reforms to the Tasmanian bail system: position paper (doc, 4.1 MB)

Comment period

Please send your comments on the paper to the Department of Justice by 2 February 2018 through one of the following methods:




Department of Justice
Office of Strategic Legislation and Policy
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001

Major Projects reforms - invitation to comment

The Tasmanian Government recently sought comments on a draft Major Projects Bill to amend the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 to introduce a new major projects assessment process. The proposed reforms will deliver on the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to provide for a staged approval process for major development proposals, subject to in-principle permit commencement conditions and the requirements for full approval being met. The proposed reforms also include:

  • Clarification on the types of projects that are eligible to be declared as major projects and assessed by an independent and expert Development Assessment Panel that is appointed by the Tasmanian Planning Commission, and by other participating regulators under their relevant project-associated Act.
  • An expanded suite of approvals through a single coordinated assessment process and single permit. These include approvals under planning, utilities, environmental, Aboriginal cultural heritage, historic cultural heritage, threatened species and nature conservation legislation.
  • Greater certainty for proponents through a ‘no reasonable prospect’ test early in the assessment process and prior to the preparation of a Major Project Impact Statement.
  • Improved community consultation and engagement, including public exhibition of the proponent’s Major Project Proposal and Major Project Impact Statement, and the Development Assessment Panel’s draft and final Assessment Guidelines and draft Assessment Report.

The first period of public consultation on the previous draft of the Major Projects Bill closed on 2 October 2017 and 198 submissions were received. The submissions raised a number of issues that have been carefully considered by the Tasmanian Government.

In response to the submissions received, the draft Major Projects Bill has been amended and re-structured to clarify its operation. Given the amendments that have been made to the revised draft Bill, it is now being released for a second period of public consultation.

To assist this second public consultation process, the Policy Planning Unit within the Department of Justice has prepared a second consultation paper and seven Fact Sheets that explain key aspects of the major projects assessment process. These documents can be downloaded below.

Current consultation documents

Read the Major Projects Reform fact sheets for more information.

How to comment

Please send your comments on the revised draft Bill to the Department of Justice by close of business on Monday, 29 January 2018.

Comments should be headed ‘Major Projects Reform’.




Planning Policy Unit
Department of Justice
PO Box 82
Hobart   TAS   7001


Please direct any enquiries about the revised draft Bill to the above email address or contact the Planning Policy Unit on telephone 6166 1429.

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Previous consultation documents

The documents that supported the first period of public consultation on the draft Major Projects Bill (which closed on 2 October 2017) can be downloaded below.

Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent and that departments apply a consistent approach to the publication of submissions. This commitment reflects community expectations for having access to information that informs Government decision-making on major policy matters.

From 1 January 2018, the Tasmanian Government requires that all Government departments routinely publish on websites all written submissions made in response to broad public consultation on major policy matters.

Further information, including a copy of the Publication of submissions received by Tasmanian Government Departments in response to consultation on major policy matters policy and supporting guidelines,is available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

Closed consultations

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