Frequently Asked Questions

The Shake Up community panel is a community engagement initiative that will continue to help inform our master plan for our city campus. To make this move work for everyone we need help from the community, so we have established a panel of eighty people from across Southern Tasmania to provide input, ideas and feedback. Within this panel, a methodology will focus on how we can contribute to the vibrancy, culture and life of the CBD and create a civic place where all of our community will feel welcome. Participants will reflect on the principles and strategies contained within the current Urban Design Framework and identify new or emerging themes that need to be considered by the University as we progress the master planning process.

The Shake Up community panel has a very important role in helping to inform the University’s updated master plan for the continued move to the city. To make this city move work for everyone we need help from the community to provide input, ideas and feedback. The methodology is focusing on how we can contribute to the vibrancy, culture and life of the CBD and create a civic place where all our community will feel welcome. Ultimately, participants are influencing how the move into the CBD will be felt by all of us. 

During the first Shake Up sessions, participants reflected on the principles and strategies contained within the current Urban Design Framework and then identified new or emerging themes that need to be considered by the University as we progress the master planning process. These themes are:  

  • Student experience
  • Staff experience
  • Access
  • Public & active transport
  • Communications & engagement
  • Sustainability & greening

The next steps on the journey will be for the panel to explore these themes more deeply to ensure a successful move to the city.

To ensure a robust engagement process, it’s vital that a wide range of perspectives are present on the panel. As such, the panel members are spread across a range of stakeholder groups, including:

  • Business owners – Mix of CBD and Southern Tasmania(x8)
  • Workers – Mix of CBD, and Southern Tasmania(x8)
  • University students – Based in Southern Tasmania(x7)
  • Parents of year 10/11/12 students – Based in Southern Tasmania(x8)
  • Year 10/11/12 students – Based in Southern Tasmania(x8)
  • Residents – of Greater Hobart(x10)
  • University staff – Mix of CBD and Sandy Bay based (x10)

Panelists were selected by independent research firm, Enterprise Marketing and Research Services Pty Ltd (EMRS) and they informed the University that over 240 expressions of interest were received.

Selection ensured there was a mix of views and opinions about the city move based on what panellists indicated in their expression of interest, as well as what stakeholder group/s they were from, the suburb as it related to their stakeholder group involvement, gender, age bracket, whether they identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, or had a disability.

A key principle of the Urban Design Framework is to create an inclusive, welcoming, and highly accessible campus for everyone in our community, including Indigenous Australians, people of non-English speaking backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, people from a range of socio-economic areas, from regional and remote areas, and LGBTQIA+ people. This principle is just as integral to the community panel as it will be to every other aspect of the University’s consolidation.

As we move to the next stage of the overall campus development, we have initiated a Southern Disability and Inclusive Campus Reference Group to help shape these developments. We will shortly be seeking Expressions of Interest from staff and students of the University with lived experience of disability, mental health needs, chronic illness or neurodiversity who would like to be involved.​

We planned for participants who might not have a phone or access to internet coverage by having some iPads available to use. We were aware of one person who couldn’t access the mentimeter program from their phone, so a staff member assisted that person by providing their own phone for them to use. We will again have wifi-enabled iPads on hand at the next face-to-face session on 12 November.

This is a great idea. Panel members have been notified of upcoming city campus site tours to help bring the current City Campus Preliminary Master Plan to life. These tours will be hosted by a senior university project team member along with a subject matter expert and The20. The site tours will be between the 10 October and 19 October, with dates and times to be confirmed by email to panel members.

The Vice Chancellor was present for the whole of the day on Saturday 3 September but had previously committed to giving an address at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Gala Dinner celebrating 50 years of surveying and spatial sciences at the University on the Friday evening, 2 September.

Running an event with this number of people and diversity takes considerable planning. We put in this time to help set up a space where different voices and viewpoints can be heard and recorded. The ideas and outputs of these sessions will inform the next iteration of the City Campus Master Plan, just as the outputs from the Appreciative Inquiry Summit of October 2019 played a key role in developing the original Urban Design Framework, which we have shared with you.  

We are very appreciative of your time and see it as a critical step in helping to inform the next stage of our city campus planning.  

We like this idea! Stay tuned for our final face-to-face session!

We acknowledge that the acoustics in the Forestry building are a challenge, given that it is a site yet to be developed. The next face-to-face session will be held in a different venue in the city but we were keen to provide an opportunity for panelists to experience the unique Forestry building architecture before it becomes a construction site.  

We will look forward to welcoming you back in 2025 when we re-open Forestry as a state-of-the-art space for learning and teaching, research and the community. 

We want to hear your thoughts – the positives and the concerns. Thank you for sharing. 

The Urban Design Framework principles of Place, Sustainability, Accessibility and Community are focused on creating a new city campus that supports the delivery of contemporary teaching, learning and research spaces to support the delivery of the mission and functions of the University. The University’s functions are set out in the University of Tasmania Act (1992), and nearly all are focused on education. The purpose of design principles in an urban design context is to frame how the University will be integrated with the city, its surrounding environment and its people, rather the University’s operations. It’s about how we can make the most of opportunities to create unique learning experiences and work more closely with the community, business and industry, rather than a ‘lift and shift’ of our current functions.

The current City Campus Urban Design Framework and Master Plan was part of the pre-reading for The Shake Up. With input from the community in 2019 at public workshops, forums and displays, the University released the City Campus Urban Design Framework in May 2021 which includes the high-level Preliminary Master Plan (from page 49).

The Shake Up community panel has a very important role in helping to inform the next stage of master planning (an ongoing process) for the continued move to the city, as communicated to the group on 2 and 3 September. Ultimately, participants are influencing how the move into the CBD will be felt by everyone. The City Campus Preliminary Masterplan is subject to ongoing iteration and update will be published in 2023 and will help build a broader shared understanding within the community about the city move.

Wherever possible the University uses Tasmanian suppliers, including for its design and construction works, both from a material and a workforce perspective. In cases where interstate architects have led designs in other Transformation projects, they have partnered with local firms for consultant services required to support the design. Leading Tasmanian construction companies have undertaken the new builds at the Cradle Coast and Inveresk campuses and are expected to be engaged for the first large Hobart city build, the Forestry Building in Melville Street. 

Accessibility is one of four key principles in the City Campus Preliminary Urban Design Framework. Tasmania has specific challenges when it comes to people being able to access higher education, and we have some of the lowest rates of education in the country.

Over the last 20 years, nearly half of all new jobs in Australia required a Bachelor’s degree or above. Tasmania has the greatest proportion of 15-64 year-olds with no qualifications beyond Year 10, at25.7%, well above the national average. On average only 21% of people living in Hobart have a university degree but for most areas outside of inner Hobart, this drops to below 10%.

Having our campus located in the city tackles four key barriers to success. The first is the time or distance it takes to get to campus. For example, it can take up to 70 minutes to get from Claremont to Sandy Bay by bus, compared with 29 minutes to the city. The second is cost, and the need for a job. Eighty per cent of our students work and more than half support themselves. It is easier to find a job in the city or to get to work from the city. The third is work/life/study balance. More than half of school leavers who decided not to enrol at University stated concerns about this, exacerbated by transport times, were a factor. The fourth is perception. Embedding the University into the fabric of Hobart will help normalise higher education for community members who have seen this as unattainable.

We are also reaching out to parts of the community for whom a University education may have seemed impossible. Our Uni-Hubs at Claremont and Newstead are expanding access to educational opportunities by building aspiration and confidence among school students. Our Support to Study Scholarship Package aims to ensure that no Tasmanian misses out on a University education because of cost.     

Yes. The University is represented on and provides secretarial support to the Southern Transport Forum, a group of peak bodies and key stakeholders seeking policy solutions to reduce traffic congestion and increase active and public transport. The forum is chaired by the RACT and meets monthly. It also includes the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Property Council, the Tasmanian Council of Small Business, MetroTAS, Mona, the Bicycle Network and the Motorcycle Riders Association Australia.

The University regularly engages with Greater Hobart and southern councils on transport issues. The University and the City of Hobart also participate in forums hosted by the Department of State Growth where transport is high on its agenda.

The City Campus Urban Design Framework and Master Plan sets out the University’s aspiration to bring nature into the city as an integral part of a sustainable campus. This includes provision of infrastructure for sustainable and carbon neutral transport choices. We work with councils and the State Government on this, and are in a unique position to do so as we bring a critical mass of students and staff who will need better transport options. We will use groups like the Southern Transport Forum and our ongoing regular engagement with councils and government to push for improvements to active and public transport choices in Hobart.

The Shake Up is a conversation between the University and the community. It is up to all of us to raise our concerns about transport to the bodies responsible for funding the infrastructure needed.      

As part of its City Campus Master Plan, the University is taking steps to ease parking and congestion in the Hobart CBD. Planning is now underway at both the old Websters site, which can accommodate up to 400 parking spaces, and the former K&D site, which could house up to 800 spaces – all underground, which will support the University’s needs in Forestry and other future buildings. 

In addition to this, the University has parking capacity under our student accommodation building in Elizabeth Street just metres down the road, and on other sites across the city. In fact, all up, we have potential capacity for some 1600 to 1700 additional spaces in the city, compared to the approximate 1000 we have currently at Sandy Bay. We know from our modelling and staff and student travel surveys that this is far more than we will need when we have all of our operations in the city.

The old Forestry Building in Melville Street, which we are repurposing and bringing back to life, once complete, this redevelopment will house some 300 staff and 3000 students. While this will mean some increase in the numbers of people in the city, almost of all these students and many of the staff are already working and studying in the CBD. Additionally, our timetabling of classes will mean that only a small number of these will be using the Forestry Building at any one time, and most classes are outside of the peak traffic periods.

The University is in the process of engaging a Strategic Traffic Consultant to develop a transport master plan that will encompass transport options including alternative and sustainable transport modes, parking location and supply and strategies to support change in these areas. Engaging with the City of Hobart and the Department of State Growth around Planning Scheme requirements and road network capacity will be central to this work.

As part of the decision to consolidate the University in the city Traffic Modelling was carried out that showed that traffic levels would reduce, as the Sandy Bay destination means students and staff travelling from anywhere but Sandy Bay and Taroona (eg. Eastern shore, central city and Northern suburbs) must transit through the city and down to Sandy Bay, whereas they will terminate in the city at the city campus locations.

Students and staff will also be able to move between campus locations using the Uni Hopper shuttle bus. Further, the location in the city means the uptake of active travel and public transport is expected to increase thereby further decreasing traffic.

The university regularly monitors travel behaviour patterns and produces Travel Behaviour Survey reports that guide continued delivery of the UTAS Sustainable Transport Strategy.

With 663 staff FTE now based in the city, and 3,777 students undertaking their primary course at city-based locations in 2021, we know a lot about the difference in their transport behaviour compared with the Sandy Bay staff and students. Because of better public transport and active transport networks like bike paths, university staff and students located in the city are driving less compared with those based at Sandy Bay – 22% less for students, and 28% less for staff.

In the first few weeks of semester in 2022, we had, on average, 1,970 people travelling to the Sandy Bay campus per day. In line with the assumptions from our Travel Behaviour Survey in 2021, this amounts to approximately 1,176 cars. If we extrapolate the behaviour of current city staff and students for a city-centric model, in a city-centric model we could expect only 722 of these cars to drive into the city each day. The modelling indicates a net reduction of around 425 cars on our roads every day.

As part of the Accessibility principle in the City Campus Urban Design Framework, we will implement a range of transport solutions and strategies to help people make increasingly sustainable choices that suit their lifestyle*, such as:

  • Liaising with child care and schools to provide facilities and services that support family choices to utilise sustainable transport
  • Expansion of the car share program
  • E-bike salary sacrifice program
  • Pursue concessional bus pricing for both staff and all students.

*Refer to page 34 of the City Campus Urban Design Framework.

On December 4, 2019, the University made a historic apology for its role in wrongdoings towards Tasmanian Aboriginal people. We know the process of healing and acknowledgement is an ongoing one. Our commitment is that Tasmanian Aboriginal people and their culture will have a dynamic presence across Hobart’s campuses as a way of transforming this apology into action.

The Preliminary Urban Design Framework’s Place principle puts as its first strategy: Honour the deep history and continuing Aboriginal custodianship of the country of nipaluna. This means we will:

  • Honour and celebrate the deep history and dynamic contemporary knowledge and culture of palawa people across the new campus
  • Deepen reconciliation with Tasmania’s First People through innovative collaborations in art and design
  • Ensure Aboriginal heritage is appropriately conserved and acknowledged

Deep engagement with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community will be the first step in all of our city campus design. While this has been part of the process already, we are currently working on structures to ensure it is embedded. An example of this process can be seen in the Northern Campus Transformation. The pulingina milaythina Indigenous Welcoming space was the first of a series of spaces known collectively as the ‘Urban Realm’ to be brought to life earlier this year.

The location of the precincts identified in the City Campus Preliminary Master Plan are similar to a “spine” enabling easy interconnection with the “Campus Heart” on the corner of Melville and Argyle Street at its centre. Walking distances between the various precincts will be between 5 and 15 minutes and will also be supported by accessible transport options provided by the University (Uni Hopper).

There will also be more shared facilities than what we have ever been able to offer, parenting rooms, end of trip facilities, student lounge spaces and LGBTIQ+ spaces, areas for HDR students, event spaces, urban and indoor areas open to the community. It will move away from siloed buildings that are restricted to only one use or cohort and towards shared, collaborative opportunities which create a better student experience.

The City Campus Preliminary Urban Design Framework’s Master Plan locates a STEM centre at West End (the former K&D site) and the other sciences as part of the Campus Heart in Midtown.  However, the Master Plan is subject to change over time as space requirements and availability are assessed, as well as further consultation through our internal and external processes. The co-design of a Campus Heart will help define where in the city the sciences will be located. An updated City Campus Master Plan will be released in 2023 following community consultation and assessment of the Campus Heart site on the corner of Melville and Argyle Streets.

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is consolidating in the north of the state.

Central to the design of spaces in the City Campus will be a wayfinding strategy and individual building and precinct designs. These will be for both internal and external spaces that connect precincts, guide students, staff, and the community, and are complementary to the City of Hobart’s existing wayfinding guidelines. Incorporation of Smart Building Technology, already being included in new builds at Burnie and Inveresk will be an additional key plank to city campus wayfinding. 

The Preliminary Masterplan included in the May 2021 Preliminary Urban Design Framework identifies the Campus Heart in the Midtown precinct as the future home for the University’s Library. 

Much like our new Library at Inveresk in Launceston, our Campus Heart library will be designed to be public and inviting, a place where the community, university students and staff, industry partners and enterprises can engage and participate. While the Library will be independent of Libraries Tasmania, members of the public are welcome to visit our libraries during staffed opening hours, view our print and electronic resources within the library, and Tasmanian residents who would like to borrow can join as a General Public Borrower. 

You can take a sneak peek at our new Inveresk Library in Launceston, as an example of one of our new builds to transform education, and increase educational access and attainment in Tasmania.

Swipe card access to enter our buildings has been in place during COVID to protect our staff, students and the broader community. In the future, we want the community to be able to access our city campus buildings, which are being designed to be porous and to allow the community to freely enter public spaces. For example, the community will be able to access the Winter Garden in the Forestry building once works are complete, which will allow people to traverse freely between Melville and Brisbane streets.  

Other parts of the building, such as workplaces, will have swipe access to restrict entry to staff. 

Apart from leased premises (such as our spaces in the KPMG and Vodafone buildings), the University owns the sites it proposes to develop for the city campus. Our current proposals are for facilities within the boundaries of our sites. Student access to these facilities would only need to be arranged with the University. Roads are the responsibility of Hobart City Council and the Department of State Growth. The inclusion of features such as a green corridor in the Preliminary Urban Design Framework reflect our aspirations around sustainability and contributing to City of Hobart goals to increase the tree canopy. These kinds of works could only proceed in collaboration with the community, local businesses, and the relevant road authority. 


In recent years the University has created a Lean and Simplification team and rolled out an institution-wide Lean System. Lean principles are applied by our team as they consider the design of the city campus with our architects and the Lean team is engaged in design consultation phases.

The Preliminary Urban Design Framework’s Accessibility principle includes a strategy to provide a pedestrian-centred campus environment. This can be seen already with the bridge connecting the Domain precinct with the CBD. Other initiatives could include through-block links, pedestrian crossings and improved pavements in high footfall areas, connections into the city’s fine grain laneways and courtyards and pedestrian priority on some streets. These kinds of works could only proceed in collaboration with the community, local business and the relevant road authority.

Students will be supported during the move. As a staged, 10-year process, there will be ample lead-time to plan each student group’s move. Transport options to campus will be improved with connections to all parts of the southern region. Transport between the city and Sandy Bay campuses will be possible through regular Uni Hopper shuttle services. The majority of the city campus itself is within 10 minutes of walking time, and our planning will be taking account of the need to make any movements accessible to our students. The facilities students need, including for social and sporting activities, will be maintained at Sandy Bay. The new facilities students will access in the city will be modern, built-for-purpose and digitally connected. Contemporary teaching methods will be enhanced by facilities that are designed for them.

A 25-year-old student from the northern suburbs, the first in their family to study at University, takes a single bus trip to the city. They meet a group they’re collaborating with on a project for coffee at a local café offering student discounts. The group heads to class, where there are 30 student colleagues in the room and another 20 connected online from around the state. For lunch, they’ll grab some sushi and head to the Domain for some sunshine. Then it’s back to the new library to work on an assignment. The Uni Hopper will take them to Sandy Bay for a class still taking place there as the transition continues. Back in town, they’ll head off to a shift at work nearby. They might join friends for a drink and grab a bus or Uber home. Tomorrow, a chronically unwell parent will join them on the trip to town and the student will help them get to an appointment at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Next week, they’ll complete a work placement at a city business, still close to the library, work and the hospital.  

We are already running workshops for staff and students who will move to the Forestry building. These include the proposed floorplans, workspaces, classrooms and student areas. We’ve also run furniture trials to work out the kinds of study facilities that students prefer. Our leased spaces in the KPMG and Vodafone buildings are modelling some of the facilities students can expect. The Podium building in Melville St is also a great example of a contemporary learning spaces and infrastructure. 

The city campus will include many flexible and bookable spaces for use by the entire University community. Clubs and societies will be welcome to make use of these spaces. 

The Preliminary Urban Design Framework’s Community principle includes the creation of spaces that promote lifelong learning and an ongoing connection with the University. Our Colleges, Institutes and many individuals collaborate with social and professional groups. These partnerships will be encouraged to use our spaces.   

Providing a contemporary staff and student experience is at the heart of the rationale for the city move. We are starting to see the new Launceston campus take shape and all the possibilities for enhanced staff and student experience it is presenting, and we want to provide a similar experience for Hobart staff and students.  

We recognise that an important part of this will be ensuring the best possible experience for staff and students through the transition phase and continuing to focus on our learning and teaching and research.    

Much more of the city campus will be shared than is currently the case. Classrooms and meeting spaces will be bookable from across the University rather than ‘owned’ by particular faculties or schools. This will bring more students (and staff) together, from across all disciplines of the University to learn in the new spaces. Having a greater number of students converging on the learning and social spaces will add to the vibrancy, and activity – and encourage interaction between students studying different courses. This critical mass will also enable delivery of events and activities that can be attended by our students, staff and members of the community.  

Most of the city campus buildings will be within a 10-minute walk of each other. Social spaces for mixed staff and students will be provided across the city campus buildings, along with the availability of cafes and other hospitality businesses around the city. 

It is not the case that large numbers of academics are resigning. As with all large organisations, there is a natural movement of staff both in and out of employment. There are multiple reasons for this including retirement, family commitments, career development opportunities, lifestyle and health-related decisions.  

The pattern of staff separations at the University of Tasmania in recent years has been relatively stable. What is particularly noteworthy is that the University of Tasmanian is one of the very few universities in Australia which did not reduce staff numbers due to the pandemic.  

There is no doubt university staff had to adapt rapidly to the impacts of the pandemic and the University is grateful for the efforts that staff contributed in 2020 and since to adapt to the challenging times we are in. Like other large organisations, the University is focused on understanding how people are faring post pandemic and how to respond best to support people after such a period of rapid change.  

To better understand what our people need to help them succeed, the University is rolling out employee engagement surveys across the Colleges and Divisions to provide the management team with empirical evidence of the key issues for staff and useful insights on how staff can be supported to succeed going forward to act on.  

The University has launched a new internal staff consultation process recently, led by the Chair of Academic Senate, Professor Natalie Brown, to give us more information about staff views and importantly, how they can shape the next stage of the city move and al staff are encouraged to participate in that process. 

The engagement opportunities range from Zoom Q & A forums; ‘In conversation’ events with a specific focus; Tours of new facilities across the state and the invitation to host ‘reverse tours’ to showcase what is working well in current facilities. Discussions around key themes: ‘Learning and Teaching Spaces; Access and Inclusion; Student Experience; Research and Higher Degree Research students; Campus Culture and Connecting with our Communities have begun at Academic Senate and will be cascaded through the university. 

There are 20 elected representatives that sit on Academic Senate, together with 3 elected student members. They are encouraged to bring the perspectives of their colleagues to Senate meetings and ensure that views are expressed. They, together with Heads of School, are also able to communicate discussions at Senate to colleagues. In addition, a Senate Newsletter is published after each meeting, with an invitation to make contact with the Chair or Secretary as appropriate.  Senate meetings are discursive with opportunities for interaction and debate between members.   

In addition to formal Senate meetings, there are sub-committees of Senate that include additional academic staff with expertise in Learning and Teaching; Curriculum, Research or Student Experience. These are also forums that can discuss any issues of concern.  

All staff, regardless of being Professional staff, Academic staff or sessional staff are invited to participate in the staff consultation process. Specialist working groups for specific spaces and facilities also include both academic and professional staff. 

The University relies on non-disclosure agreements to manage how confidential information, particularly relating to third parties, is handled. These are not applied at the time of an employee leaving the University but due to the nature of the information, the confidentially requirements continue to apply. The type of information could be a trade secret, invention, intellectual property, or pricing arrangement for example. 

Confidentiality deeds are occasionally negotiated as part of an agreement with an employee in relation to their termination. These cover things such as the conditions of the settlement, details on the settlement amount the University agreed to pay the employee, how the exit will be communicated and mutual non-disparagement clauses. 

These deeds only apply in the most complex of cases and are not standard practice. In the context of a staff population of more than 6000, there were approximately 20 instances over a 12-month period. These deeds are about responding to complex employment matters on a case-by-case basis and are in no way used to stifle debate about the university.  

Our Academic and Free Speech Policy makes it clear the University values and protects the freedom of speech exercised by staff and students. It specifically notes the definition of academic freedom as including ‘the freedom of academic staff and students to express their opinions in relation to the higher education provider in which they work or are enrolled’. 

The University’s Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Engagement 2021-2024 sets out the measures that the University is pursuing to increase Aboriginal employment, as well as support indigenous students 

We’re keen to work with you to explore how we can make the city move the best it can be for our community. We wish to avoid personal attacks.

The University of Tasmania has undertaken a process of Curriculum transformation that has decreased the number of individual courses, but increased flexibility within courses. We also have Double Degrees that allow students to deepen knowledge in two separate areas and allow students to create their own unique study experience.  

You can find key reasons why the University is moving to the city here and more detail here  

The most important reason is that it’ll make it easier for more Tasmanians to access higher education. 

The CBD plans are not subject to funding from the Sandy Bay redevelopment – you can read about how we’re funding it here. 

Discussion about the Sandy Bay Campus is not part of The Shake Up, as per the Panel Terms of Reference. Right now, we’re focusing on getting our consolidation into the city right, so we’ve paused the process for the proposed Sandy Bay planning scheme amendment. 

This panel has been established through a combination of a public Expression of Interest and an active recruitment process. The selection of the panel has been conducted by independent research firm, Enterprise Marketing and Research Services Pty Ltd (EMRS), Hobart. EMRS has directly managed the selection of seventy participants, while we have also directly invited ten participants to contribute to the panel. In both instances, the selection process has ensured that the community panel is representative across the community.

We recognise that panel members will be preparing for and contributing to the panel sessions in their own time. There will be roughly twenty hours of time required from participants, which will be recognised with payments totalling $600 for attending and participating in all sessions. This figure has been determined by EMRS and represents an industry standard. Payments will be paid over the course of the sessions. Members will also be offered the option to donate some or all their payment to a registered charity of their choice.

EMRS have ensures that the panel reflects Tasmania’s diversity. A key principle of our Urban Design Framework is to create an inclusive, welcoming, and highly accessible campus for everyone in our community, including Indigenous Australians, people of non-English speaking backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, people from a range of socio-economic areas, from regional and remote areas, and LGBTQIA+ people. This principle will be just as integral to the community panel as it will be to every other aspect of the University’s consolidation.

Absolutely. This community engagement exercise is needed to refine and further develop the master plan to make it as successful as possible for all of us. A lot of focus around this engagement will be on the civic spaces, which is where we need input and assistance from the community. Ultimately, participants will be able to influence how the move into the CBD will be felt by all of us.

Yes. There will be many ways you can be involved in the community discussions. To enable us to communicate about the community panel process and respond to interest in the engagement, updates will be posted about the community panel, its membership, information generated from the panel sessions and, at times, edited films of panel sessions. There will also be an opportunity for members of the community to ask questions and provide feedback on this web page as well as Facebook.

Panel members, as part of the Terms of Reference, will be known publicly, and they will be encouraged to provide a connection to others in the community by passing on accurate and up to date information as well as being a conduit for other voices to be heard.

Yes. This web page will be the central source of information about the community panel, its membership and information generated from the panel sessions. Please view the Session 1 Summary Report here.

Members of the community panel were announced in early September with the first community panel session being on Friday 2 September 2022. You can learn more about the panel here.

To ensure a robust engagement process, it’s vital that a wide range of perspectives are present on the panel. As such, the seventy participants that will be recruited by EMRS will come from a range of stakeholder groups, including:

  • Business owners – Mix of CBD and Southern Tasmania
  • Workers – Mix of CBD, and Southern Tasmania
  • University students – Based in Southern Tasmania
  • Parents of year 10/11/12 students – Based in Southern Tasmania
  • Year 10/11/12 students – Based in Southern Tasmania
  • Residents – of Greater Hobart
  • University staff – Mix of CBD and Sandy Bay based.

As this is a community panel, there will be no current or aspiring Councillors included.

Yes. For the consolidation of the University into the city to be as successful as possible, input is needed from everyone it will affect, which includes a wide range of stakeholders in Hobart, Greater Hobart and Southern Tasmania.

Members of the community panel will be announced in early September. We won’t be publishing the contact details of the panel members, however if you know them in the community you are encouraged to talk with them.

While we will lead a communications program with the wider community, community panel members will also be encouraged to discuss issues raised in the panel environment with the wider community.

When it comes time to revisit the future of the Sandy Bay campus, we will work with the community and the City of Hobart to make sure everyone can have their say.

The team from The20 are working with the University to build the engagement process. Specifically their role is:

  • Setting the agenda for the workshops and sessions with input from the University of Tasmania
  • Leading the community panel sessions
  • Facilitating the discussion, ensuring fairness and equality in member participation
  • Reporting on the participation and inputs and feedback gathered
  • Ensuring the Terms of Reference are followed.

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The plans for the Sandy Bay planning scheme amendment and therefore the housing plans are paused at the moment 

The Sandy Bay development is about ensuring the university’s financial sustainability for the future which you can read about here.