Following the World Health Organisation’s declaration of the COVID‑19 pandemic, Australian Governments established the National Cabinet on 13 March 2020 as an intergovernmental forum that brings together the Premiers and Chief Ministers of all Australian jurisdictions, to ensure a coordinated response across the country to the many issues that relate to the management of the COVID‑19 pandemic.
The Victorian Government has moved in concert with the National Cabinet on many occasions—for example in the messaging to the community on how to minimise the spread of the infection, social distancing restrictions and agreement to the three step framework. In other instances, the Victorian Government has taken an independent approach to managing the COVID‑19 pandemic.
In response to a request from the Premier, the Parliament of Victoria’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee resolved on 29 April 2020 to undertake an inquiry examining the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID‑19 pandemic.
This interim report outlines the committee's preliminary findings.