Victorian Government response to the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry

The Victorian Government's response to the Board of Inquiry into the coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotel Quarantine Program

On 2 July 2020, the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Premier, established the Board of Inquiry to ensure independent scrutiny of the Hotel Quarantine Program.

Response to recommendations

The Government welcomes the Board’s Interim report and accepts or accepts in principle 52 of its recommendations. 17 recommendations are under review.

Thirteen of the recommendations under review relate to the establishment of a model for home-based quarantine, which requires agreement at the national level.

A number of recommendations have been implemented since international flight arrivals were suspended on 30 June 2020. This was part of the Government's action in resetting the COVID-19 Accommodation Program under the leadership of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS).

Dedicated agency

In response to the Board's interim report released on 6 November, the Government has announced that a dedicated agency, COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV), will be established under the leadership of the Commissioner, CQV.

The Commissioner will report directly to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, with health, enforcement and operational expertise embedded in the executive structure of CQV.

This includes:

  • A Deputy Chief Health Officer, Hotel Quarantine who will also oversee infection prevention control, contact tracing and other associated public health functions
  • A Deputy Controller who will focus on managing logistics and operational processes
  • A Deputy Controller from Victoria Police who will focus on enforcement and compliance

Victoria Police will continue carrying out supervision, enforcement and compliance duties at all locations. They will be supported by Australian Defence Force personnel and highly trained Resident Support Officers.

Additional stringent infection controls will include:

  • daily testing of staff
  • voluntary regular testing of their family members
  • a centralised contact tracing team
  • advanced contact tracing
  • a ban on secondary face-to-face employment for key staff
  • strengthened PPE protocols

Alfred Health and Healthcare Australia will provide primary health services and wellbeing support across the programs.

Many recommendations have already been addressed as part of the DJCS reset. Others in the Interim Report will be addressed prior to international flights into Victoria resuming on 7 December 2020.

This model will ensure a safe and effective program for returned travellers, staff and all Victorians.

Full response

The Government’s response to the Interim Report:

A list of recommendations and their status:

Reviewed 30 November 2020

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