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Premier's Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council

Phase 2 workplan and consultation

The focus of the Council’s Interim Report was on immediate actions to commence recovery from COVID-19, and on measures that could be implemented in the short term to respond to some of the economic and social structural changes that the virus and the suppression measures have delivered.

With the completion of the Interim Report in July 2020, the Council has moved into its second, and final, phase of its work.

Consistent with its terms of reference, during its second phase, we will focus on practical ideas for recovery that can be implemented and deliver outcomes within the next 2 to 5 years that enable Tasmanians to build their own future as we recover from COVID‑19.

Phase 2 workplan diagram

We want Tasmanians talking with us about our shared recovery path

This is one of the most challenging time Tasmanians have faced together. We have shown strength, resilience, compassion and more. We must continue to work together in new ways so that we can repair the economic and social damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on Tasmania. In this challenge, we will all need to work together - government, business and the community - to build Tasmania’s recovery.

Those new ways mean new ideas, new ways of doing things, new ways of working.

The Premier has asked us to bring him options for our future to tackle the impact and maximise the opportunities arising from COVID-19. It’s not just the voice of the Council he wants to hear, it’s the voice of all Tasmanians.

We want to work with you to listen, learn and shape together the actions that will lead this recovery phase.

Recovery is in all our hands. As Tasmanians we can work towards our future together.

Our approach to consultation

As we begin Phase 2, the Council is keen to hear the ideas for longer term recovery approaches from all members of our community.

We recognise that consultation is critical to understand how COVID-19 may impact our community over the medium and longer-term, and to understand the recovery ideas people have to help us all recover from this pandemic, both socially and economically.

Engagement with the Tasmanian community will help to ensure that our advice and recommendations are community-led, making Tasmania into a stronger, more resilient state. The input we gained through Phase 1 was key in shaping the Council’s 64 recommendations in its Interim Report.

Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 needs be a joint effort across government, industry and business, local government, community groups and the broader public. Community-led recovery will require widespread involvement in our work.

Our consultation objectives

We are keen for all Tasmanians to understand our engagement approach. Our overall consultation objectives are to:

  • encourage broad participation in the Council’s work by stakeholders and the community;
  • provide a range of opportunities and mechanisms to engage with us and provide input into recovery strategies and initiatives;
  • hear from those that are not typically engaged in government-related consultation processes - we want to hear ‘different voices’, because this is a very ‘different’ problem, and we believe that ‘different’ solutions will be required;
  • raise awareness of our work;
  • ensure a collaborative approach to developing long-term recovery strategies and initiatives during Phase 2; and
  • provide a two-way communication channel between stakeholders, the community and the Council.

How we will consult during Phase 2

The Council will undertake the following consultation approaches throughout Phase 2:

‘What If COVID ….’ workshops

The Council will host a number of cross sectoral workshops to explore constraints and opportunities for Tasmania from those ‘on the ground’ by asking attendees to contemplate a range of COVID-related ‘What If’ scenarios – some better and some worse as a planning tool – just like we see businesses and enterprises currently doing for themselves.

We want to hear new ideas from a diverse group of people from key social and economic sectors on the impacts and opportunities that different possible COVID-related paths might provide for Tasmania’s recovery.

We will use the outputs of the workshops to identify broad systemic issues and opportunities for Tasmania.

When: October and November 2020.

Regional workshops

We know that different parts of Tasmania have been impacted in different ways by COVID-19 and the suppression measures. We also understand that it is important to reflect on different regional impacts and opportunities, while maintaining a state-wide focus.

The Regional Workshops will allow us to ‘play-back’ what we have heard in the cross sectoral workshops to ensure we have a regionalised perspective and response.

When: November and early December 2020.

Well-Being survey

The Council is especially interested in understanding what aspects of peoples’ lives matter most now and through recovery into the future (such as jobs, health, safety, housing, community).

We are now undertaking a well-being survey to identify what elements of well-being Tasmanians prioritise on the path to recovery. This will help us prioritise and focus our advice to Government, business and the community in our Final Report in 2021.

This opportunity to participate is open to all Tasmanians, and undertaken jointly with the University of Tasmania.

We really want to hear from you, and would very much appreciate you investing 15 minutes in participating in our survey.

If you wish to do the survey over the phone, rather than on-line, then please call 6226 7542.

Click here to begin the well-being survey.

Public call for submissions and recovery ideas

We are providing the opportunity for all Tasmanians to provide input on their longer-term recovery ideas and approaches. We are particularly interested in ideas that you have that could help to empower Tasmanians and Tasmanian organisations to build their own future on the pathway to recovery.

To make this easier, we have developed an online form for people to use. The online form is designed to enable Tasmanians to quickly and easily share their ideas with us, in a short, sharp, brief format.

If you wish to make more traditional written submissions, you can do this also. Please send your submission to

We will use your input to help inform the development of broader themes in our Final Report.

We will use this input to help shape broad recovery approaches that the Government, business, and the community can take to build Tasmania’s recovery (similar to our Interim Report).

We do not anticipate that our Final Report will be a collection of specific projects that have been proposed through this part of our consultation process. In this context, submissions that make specific individual proposals for recovery (e.g. a particular community event in a particular location, or a specific development opportunity/project that offers the prospect for a certain number of jobs), will be of general interest to the Council. Such ideas can form practical examples to inform the Council’s thinking of more systemic approaches that could underpin our recommendations.

That said, because we are not a funding body, submissions to us that make requests for funding to make specific activities happen (e.g. $150,000 to deliver a community event, or $250,000 to ‘close the gap’ for a particular commercial project), cannot be dealt with by the Council.

When: Now Open - click here to make a public submission to PESRAC.

Figure - Phase 2 Consultation workflow (click to view full size)

phase 2 consultation workflow

Phase 2 Consultation outcomes

Following feedback and engagement through the workshops, surveys and submissions, the Secretariat will research, analyse and consider feedback to develop potential recommendations for the Council’s consideration.

The consultation outcomes will inform the Council’s advice to the Premier.

General correspondence

General comments made to the Council throughout the process will not be published as submissions.

Publishing submissions

As a general rule, the Council will publish submissions made during Phase 2 (unless confidentiality is sought).

Final report

The Council reports directly to the Premier and the publishing of the Council’s Final Report is not a matter for the Council.

Consistent with Phase 1, if the Final Report is to be publicly released by the Premier, it will be made available on the Council’s website.