Pandemic preparedness for the real world
Megan Schmidt-Sane, Melissa Leach, Peter Taylor, Santiago Ripoll, Shandana Khan Mohmand, Syed Abbas, Tabitha Hrynick
The cost of the COVID-19 pandemic remains unknown. Lives directly lost to the disease continue to mount, while related health, livelihood and wellbeing impacts are still being felt. This report presents a framework for a vision of pandemic preparedness for the real world – one...
Impact of COVID-19 on School-based Vaccination Programs module 1, 2 & 3: final report
This evaluation found that overall, pandemic impacts on vaccination uptake in adolescents were relatively limited in Australia compared to other countries. However, the number of adolescent vaccinations given in 2020 and 2021 was lower than in 2019.
Data sharing during coronavirus: lessons for government
This report synthesises the lessons from six case studies and other research on government data sharing during the pandemic. It finds that current legislation, such as the Digital Economy Act and UK General Data Protection Regulation, does not constitute a barrier to data sharing.
The Australian Centre for Disease Control (ACDC): highway to health
The authors of this report argue that the Albanese Government’s promised Australian Centre for Disease Control, or ACDC, could provide the wake-up call Australia needs - but only if preventing chronic disease is a core part of its mission.
Navigating the crisis: how governments used intelligence for decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic
This report examines how governments — and the societies around them — mobilised intelligence to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. It also makes recommendations as to how they could improve their ability to organise intelligence for future challenges of all kinds, from pandemics...
National COVID-19 health management plan for 2023
This strategy document outlines the Australian government health supports to manage COVID-19 over the next 12 months. These health supports have been informed by the likely 2023 Australian epidemiological outlook and advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
Adequacy of Australia’s biosecurity measures and response preparedness, in particular with respect to foot-and-mouth disease and varroa mite
In this inquiry report, the Committee recommends that the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry review its food import risk frameworks to ensure that they are fit for purpose and that decisions under the frameworks are accelerated where required.
NDS safer and stronger project: July 2020 – June 2022
This report reflects on a two year project, funded by the Victorian government, to help the disability sector protect society's more vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Preparing Australia: designing an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC)
This report argues for the establishment of an Australian Centre for Disease Control - to bring together the various elements of health protection and promotion into one organisation.
COVID-19 and cross-border mobility in the APEC region: addressing uncertainties at the border
This report presents an overview of COVID-19 border policies in the APEC region as of mid-late-2022, analyses travel trends to the region, and estimates the impacts of border policies on visitor arrivals.
Role and functions of an Australian Centre for Disease Control: consultation paper – November 2022
This discussion paper outlines the draft mission and purpose statements for an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC). It includes an outline of its potential scope of functions, examples of how it could improve public health in Australia, and principles guiding its design.
Treading water: effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth transitions
Economic downturns have pronounced impacts on young people. Using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), this report examines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education, employment and social circumstances of young Australians.
Fault lines: an independent review into Australia’s response to COVID-19
This independent review report, evaluating the outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests that initiatives to address the well-known fault lines throughout society remained at the periphery of the planning process, rather than being placed at its core. To be better prepared for the next health...
Impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on the activity and mental health of older people in Indonesia: a qualitative study
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused detrimental impacts on different population groups throughout the world. This study aimed to explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic’s mandatory lockdown protocols on individual and social activities and mental health conditions of community-dwelling older people in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a primary school setting with and without public health measures using real-world contact data: a modelling study
Stella Talic, Danijela Gasevic, Dragan Ilic, Joanne Deppeler, Deborah Corrigan, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado
The authors of this paper investigated the potential transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a primary school setting and found that, despite a lower frequency of close contacts, teacher-to-teacher close contacts demonstrated a higher risk of transmission per contact of SARS-CoV-2 compared to student-to-student close contacts.
Review of COVID-19 vaccine and treatment purchasing and procurement: executive summary and recommendations
Professor Jane Halton AO has submitted the final report of her independent review of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine and treatment procurements to the Albanese Government. This publication contains the executive summary and recommendations from the report.
Chronology of Victorian border closures due to COVID-19
This updated chronology provides an overview of Victorian border closures in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.
Chronology of primary and secondary school closures in Victoria due to COVID-19
This updated chronology provides an overview of key opening and closing dates for Victorian primary and secondary schools in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hard lessons: reckoning the economic, social, and humanitarian costs of zero-Covid
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia imposed some of the strictest measures in the western world. The restrictions dramatically changed every aspect of society and human dynamics and engagement. This report evaluates the harm caused as a direct result of COVID-19 restrictions.
The crime of criminalising everyday life: the rule of law discarded in Victoria's COVID-19 response
The criminal law was the main instrument employed by the Victorian government to force Victorians to comply with the strictest COVID-19 lockdown in the world. This report argues that the criminal law should never again be used as a blunt instrument of oppression to achieve...
Wellbeing outcomes in Australia as lockdowns ease and cases increase – August 2022
The aim of this paper is to examine the trends and determinants of wellbeing over the COVID-19 period, making use of the 12 waves of the COVID-19 'Impact Monitoring Survey' data and with a particular focus on the 12 months since August 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic: second report
This report follows on from the report published last year entitled 2020 hindsight: the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Ombudsman's aim has been to look back on the second year of the pandemic and provide an account of what has been...
Strengthening Australia’s pandemic preparedness
This report highlights six science and technology areas critical to minimising the impact of pandemics in Australia. It also makes 20 recommendations that could reduce impacts while improving economic, social and health outcomes.
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the planning and implementation of Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
National biosecurity strategy 2022-2032
The task for Australia’s biosecurity system is becoming increasingly complex, creating new challenges for governments, industry and other stakeholders in protecting Australia’s biosecurity status. This strategy document outlines a collective vision for Australia’s future biosecurity system.