Bushfires 2018-19

The bushfires

In December 2018 and January 2019, thousands of dry lightning strikes ignited a significant number of bushfires across Tasmania which threatened communities, created major disruption and caused considerable damage across many remote wilderness areas.

Over 205,000 hectares of land was affected by the bushfires, which have had a widespread effect on the State and may continue to cause emotional, physical and financial stress for members of our community for some time. The most heavily impacted Local Government Areas were the Huon Valley, Derwent Valley. West Coast and Central Highlands.

Tasmanian Government recovery arrangements

The Tasmanian Government will continue to work with individuals, community groups, local government and the Australian Government on recovery efforts to ensure the needs of affected communities are met as they address the social, economic, infrastructure and environmental impacts of this natural disaster.

2018-19 Bushfires – Final Recovery Plan

The 2018-19 Bushfires - Final Recovery Plan was released on 3 June 2019 to guide medium to long-term recovery priorities for the local government areas most affected by the bushfires.

The Recovery Plan outlines the actions that will be undertaken by the Tasmanian Government to assist communities recovering from the effects of the bushfires, and sets out ongoing and planned activity under five priority outcome areas: social recovery, infrastructure recovery, economic recovery, environmental recovery, and identifying and sharing learnings from the recovery process.

Bushfire Recovery Taskforce

The Bushfire Recovery Taskforce was dissolved on 31 May 2019 and Tasmanian Government agencies have resumed the delivery of mainstream services and the specific actions identified in the Recovery Plan.

Remaining administrative responsibilities associated with the recovery effort have been transferred to the Office of Security and Emergency Management, Department of Premier and Cabinet.


For more information, please contact the Office of Security and Emergency Management, Department of Premier and Cabinet: recovery@dpac.tas.gov.au

You can also find more information and updates on the TasRECOVERY Facebook and Twitter pages.