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Public reporting on the Victorian Ombudsman investigation into the lockdown of 33 Alfred Street

Public reporting of steps taken to implement recommendations 3-9 from the Victorian Ombudsman’s investigation into the detention and treatment of public housing residents at 33 Alfred Street North Melbourne arising from a COVID-19 lockdown in July 2020.

 

In July 2020, the Victorian Ombudsman announced an investigation into the detention and treatment of public housing residents at 33 Alfred St North Melbourne due to significant COVID-19 infection at the estate.

A final report was tabled in Victorian Parliament on 17 December 2020 and made 10 recommendations with recommendation 10 requiring the Victorian Government to report publicly on steps taken to implement recommendations 3-9 on or before 30 June 2021.

Prior to and since the tabling of the Victorian Ombudsman’s investigation into 33 Alfred Street in December 2020, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and the Department of Health (DH) have made significant improvements to their COVID-19 readiness and response capabilities.

As of 30 June, both departments have either implemented or made strong progress against all of the accepted recommendations in the Ombudsman’s report.

Positive outcomes from health protection, prevention and outbreak preparedness activities implemented to date are underpinned by ongoing investment in the 2021-22 Budget. This includes a further $152.9 million on top of the $155 million in the 2020-21 budget to continue COVID-19 preparation, prevention and response activities in high-risk residential settings, including high rise public housing.

An additional $6.5 million on top of the $7.5 million announced in last year’s budget has also been invested to continue to strengthen the Paving the Way Forward community capacity building program at North Melbourne and Flemington and improve social, economic, education and health outcomes for residents and their families.
 
To read the Victorian Ombudsman’s report, visit the Victorian ombudsman website.

The progress report and recommendations can be viewed below the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Reviewed 30 June 2021