Since the announcement of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020, and the subsequent declaration of a state of emergency by the Victorian Government, the economic, health and social impacts of the disease have been significant. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria, the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (‘the Committee’) resolved on 29 April 2020 to undertake an inquiry into the Victorian Government’s response to the pandemic. This is the Committee’s second report.
The pandemic and the Victorian Government’s response have rapidly evolved over the course of the inquiry. This report reflects the impact of the second wave of the pandemic, as well as the subsequent actions taken by the Government to manage it up until the end of December 2020. It is based on the evidence received from 228 written submissions and three rounds of public hearings.