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KPMG Review of the Magistrates Court

KPMG Review of the Magistrates Court

In 2016 Attorney-General Dr Vanessa Goodwin commissioned a review of the Magistrates Court to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and overall performance.

KPMG was appointed to undertake the review and their resulting report contains several key recommendations to ensure more timely completion of matters within the Court, including:

  • Legislative changes to improve management of civil and criminal proceedings,
  • Streamlining administrative and electronic processes, and
  • Redefining the current organisational structure.

A new Magistrates Court Administrator has been appointed and will be supported by a fixed term General Manager to swiftly implement the required changes. In addition, Secretary of the Department of Justice Simon Overland is chairing a Steering Committee to progress the recommendations made within the review.

One of the first tasks will be to revise the current remand in custody procedures, including a focus on information sharing between the courts, the Tasmania Prison Service and Tasmania Police. This will address issues raised in both the review of the Magistrates Court as well as the recently released KPMG Sentence and Remand Order Processing Audit Report.

It is important to note that although the Government will be working to review and implement many of the report’s recommendations, in order to ensure all Tasmanians have appropriate access to justice we will not be pursuing the recommendation to consolidate the Burnie and Devonport courthouses.

The review of the Court was conducted in consultation with key stakeholders, including Magistrates Court staff, Community Corrections, the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, Tasmanian Law Society and Tasmanian Bar Association.

Download the KPMG Review of the Magistrates Court Report (pdf, 1.1 MB)

KMPG Audit Report Sentence and Remand Order Processing

KMPG Audit Report Sentence and Remand Order Processing

In May 2016 KPMG was commissioned to undertake an audit of sentence and remand order processing following the identification of a number of occasions where prisoners had been released on the incorrect date.

The audit report produced by KPMG was released by the Government on 8 March 2017.

The objective of the audit was to understand the inadequacies in the existing system and improve compliance with the processes for obtaining, entering and validating sentence and remand orders, and calculating release dates.

The report includes a suite of recommendations for reforms to address the factors that contributed to the incorrect releases and to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the process for the future.

The Government’s response to the audit recommendations has also been released, outlining the actions that will be taken to prevent a recurrence of these issues. Work has already commenced to implement some of these responses.

Download the KPMG Sentence and Remand Order Processing Internal Audit Report (pdf, 1.7 MB)

Download the Government's response to the report (pdf, 317.1 KB)

Accommodation sharing – supporting Tasmania’s visitor economy

Accommodation sharing – supporting Tasmania’s visitor economy

As part of the Tasmanian government’s commitment to grow the tourism and hospitality sectors, regulatory changes have recently been announced to support the sharing economy.

If you plan to participate in the sharing economy by renting your home, shack or investment property (such as through Airbnb), new arrangements and exemptions, supported by simpler processes, will come into effect on 1 July 2017.

The arrangements will only apply if you charge a fee for the use of your property.

Planning and building requirements will vary, depending which of the following categories the property you are renting falls in to:

  1. Your own home with up to four bookable rooms
  2. Your own home with more than four bookable rooms AND investment properties or shacks up to 300 square metres
  3. Investment properties or shacks greater than 300 square metres.

The new arrangements will be translated into appropriate regulations setting out the detail over the coming months and accompanied by an implementation program to ensure a smooth introduction.

More information is available in the Accommodation Sharing Policy Statement.

Tasmanian State Planning Provisions

State Planning Provisions of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme

The State Planning Provisions provide a consistent set of planning rules for all of Tasmania.

The rules include consistent and contemporary planning definitions, exemptions, use classes, and administrative provisions such as development application requirements.

The Provisions also include 23 generic zones - including residential, business, agriculture, utilities, environmental and recreational - which indicate appropriate land use and development.

In addition, there are a suite of 16 codes which provide clear pathways for dealing with land use issues which occur across Tasmania and may apply across a range of zones, covering matters such as natural hazards, local heritage values and electricity infrastructure.

Finally, the Planning Provisions include a template for each council’s Local Provisions Schedule. Councils choose provisions from the suite of planning rules to best express their community’s land use strategies and needs.

Read more on Tasmanian Planning Reform.