COVID-19 – Pandemic response and mobilisation

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Report of the Auditor-General No. 10 of 2020-21: COVID-19 – Pandemic response and mobilisation

The objective of the review was to express a limited assurance conclusion on whether the Government’s management of the response to COVID‑19 and mobilisation of resources was effective.

The review examined information collected from the following three lead agencies:

  • Department of Health (DoH)
  • Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management (DPFEM)
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC).

The review looked at how the lead agencies worked together to establish governance arrangements, deploy human resources, and maintain effective lines of communication, supported by information management. The review examined the mobilisation in the lead up to, and months following (up until the end of May 2020), the declarations of both a Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency in March 2020. It was confined to management at a state-wide level for the response and did not look in detail at regional responses.

The review did not examine the following activities coordinated by agencies overseeing the emergency response:

  • testing facilities
  • contact tracing
  • the outbreak in North West Tasmania – the independent review of this outbreak covered the regional aspects of the emergency response which were not included in this review
  • management of Personal Protective Equipment
  • quarantine and border activities.