Department of State GrowthTransport

Bruny ferry service contract

The Bruny Island ferry is a crucial transport link providing access to the mainland and the island for a multitude of residents, businesses and visitors.

The ferry is subsidised by the Tasmanian Government, and operates 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, currently providing up to 20 sailings each way per day between Kettering and the island.

Ferry service contract

The contract with the current ferry service provider expires on 30 June, 2018.

The Department of State Growth is on track to award a new ferry contract in the first half of 2018.

We recognise the importance of this key link for current and future Bruny residents, businesses and visitors. We are committed to a fair and equitable contract process and a seamless transition to an improved service. For probity reasons, we are limited in how much information we can share during the evaluation process, but will send updates when possible.

Please keep me updated on the ferry contract process


How is the contract awarded?

The Department of State Growth has issued documentation to six short-listed proponents and is currently reviewing proposals (as at January 2018).

The contract is on track to be awarded in the first half of 2018.

Once the contract is awarded, the selected provider will need to ensure a seamless transition to their new service model to maintain this vital transport link for all ferry users.

Who is assessing the proposals?

The Department of State Growth has engaged independent specialists to ensure that the process is as fair and equitable as possible.

The specialists include maritime experts and probity advisers.

The contract will be awarded to the proponent who best meets the needs of all ferry users and Tasmanian taxpayers.

What will happen to fares?

In order to maintain a fair and equitable contract award process, we cannot discuss specific details of the proposals while they are under review.

However, the Tasmanian Government has committed to no fare increases above the annual CPI for Bruny Island residents.