COVID-19 pandemic response


Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response

Members: Mr Alistair Coe MLA (Chair), Ms Tara Cheyne MLA, Mrs Vicki Dunne MLA, Ms Caroline Le Couteur MLA and Mr Michael Pettersson MLA

Secretary: Ms Annemieke Jongsma

Phone: (02) 620 51253

Email: LACommitteeCOVID19@parliament.act.gov.au


The Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response was established on 2 April 2020.

Submissions closing date is Thursday 20 August 2020.


Invitation for public submissions

The Committee welcomes submissions from the public on the ACT Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the evolving situation the Committee is not placing a deadline on submissions. The Committee will also welcome additional contributions from those who wish to add to their existing submissions.

The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

The Committee Secretary, Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601.

Email: LACommitteeCOVID19@parliament.act.gov.au

Further information on lodging a submission is available at: https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/parliamentary-business/in-committees/Getting-involved


Interim report 1 released on 15 May 2020 and tabled 21 May 2020, Government response tabled 4 June 2020.

Interim report 2 released on 29 May 2020 and tabled 4 June 2020. Government response tabled 2 July 2020.

Interim report 3 tabled on 2 July 2020 and Government response tabled 13 August 2020.

Interim report 4 tabled on 27 August 2020.

(1) select committee be appointed to consider and report to the Assembly on any matter relating to the ACT Government’s health and financial response and any other matter relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic as it relates to the ACT;

(2) the Committee be composed of:

  • (a) two Members to be nominated by the Government;
  • (b) two Members to be nominated by the Opposition; and
  • (c) one Member to be nominated by the Greens;

to be notified in writing to the Speaker within two hours of this motion passing;

(3) an Opposition Member shall be elected chair of the Committee by the Committee;

(4) in conducting public hearings, the Committee shall be mindful of the Public Health Emergency declaration, including that:

  • (a) all efforts are made to minimise the time witnesses are required to be present by scheduling designated hearing times, advising in advance which witnesses the Committee wishes to call or topics that will be discussed, and other measures that minimise impact on essential government, business or organisational resources;
  • (b) where a public hearing is scheduled requiring Government ministers and/or officials:
    • (i) these are to be held no more than once per fortnight for a maximum of two hours, with no directorate to appear for more than an hour;
    • (ii)the Committee must advise of the directorates and officers required and the Committee’s intended lines of inquiry no less than one week prior; and
    • (iii) hearings are not held at the same time as National Cabinet or a meeting of the ACT Government Cabinet;
  • (c) hearings are held virtually or via teleconference only; and
  • (d) the above provisions only apply during the Public Health Emergency declaration; and

(5) for the purposes of this Committee’s operation, standing order 254D does not apply.

On 7 May 2020—at its meeting, the Assembly agreed the resolution be amended by omitting “paragraph (4)(b)(i)” and substituting by the following paragraph:

“(4)(b)(i) these are to be held no more than once a week for a maximum of two hours, with a minister or directorate to appear no more than once per fortnight for a maximum of one hour;”

On 18 June 2020—at its meeting, the Assembly agreed the resolution be amended by adding the following paragraph:

“(6) the Committee deliver its final report no later than 27 August 2020.”.

On 27 August 2020—at its meeting, the Assembly agreed the resolution be amended by omitting paragraph (6) and substituting by the following paragraph:

“(6) the Committee shall deliver its final report no later than 16 October 2020. Should the Committee determine not to prepare a final report, the Chair shall advise the Speaker in writing prior to 16 October 2020.”.

Go to current public hearings schedule

View committee hearings transcripts

Public hearings

9 April 2020, 2:30pm - 3:00pm

16 April 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm

17 April 2020, 11:30am - 12:30pm

23 April 2020, 10:00am - 12:10pm

30 April 2020, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

1 May 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm & 2:30pm - 3:30pm

8 May 2020, 10:00am - 2:30pm

14 May 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm

22 May 2020, 10:00am - 11:55am & 2:00pm - 3:00pm

28 May 2020, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

5 June 2020, 10:30am - 12:30pm

11 June 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm

19 June 2020, 10:00am - 11:00am

25 June 2020, 10:00am - 12:30pm

3 July 2020, 10:30am - 11:00am & 2:00pm - 3:00pm

9 July 2020, 11:00am - 1:40pm

16 July 2020, 10:00am - 11:00am

24 July 2020, 10:20am - 11:00am & 2:30pm - 4:30pm

31 July 2020, 10:20am - 11:00am

14 August 2020, 10:00pm - 11:00pm

21 August 2020, 3:40pm - 5:00pm

DescriptionPDFWord
001 - Name Withheld PDF (760.1 KB)
002 - Tenants' Union PDF (549.6 KB)
003 - James French PDF (298.4 KB)
004 - Roger Morton PDF (425.7 KB)
005 - Carolyn Morton PDF (704.4 KB)
006 - People with Disabilities ACT PDF (419.8 KB)
007 - Woden Community Service PDF (480.2 KB)
008 - Garran Residents' Association PDF (298.8 KB)
009 - United Workers Union PDF (389.7 KB)
010 - ACT Human Rights Commission PDF (620.9 KB)
011 - Name withheld PDF (4.1 MB)
012 - Jon Glikson PDF (302.1 KB)
013 - ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association PDF (378.2 KB)
014 - ACT Council of Social Services PDF (433.8 KB)
015 - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian Society of Anaesthetists PDF (1.0 MB)
016 - Name Withheld PDF (19.6 MB)
016(a) - Name Withheld PDF (13.4 MB)
016(b) - Name Withheld PDF (11.4 MB)
016(c) - Name Withheld PDF (12.2 MB)
017 - Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia PDF (1.1 MB)
018 - Marathon Health PDF (371.8 KB)
019 - Name Withheld PDF (500.0 KB)
020 - ACT Youth Advisory Council PDF (446.3 KB)
021 - Advocacy for Inclusion PDF (1.5 MB)
022 - Exercise and Sports Science Australia PDF (958.7 KB)
023 - ACT Disability Aged Carer and Advocacy Service (ADACAS) PDF (526.2 KB)
024 - Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) PDF (1.1 MB)

Media release - Public hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic response (8 April 2020)

Media release - Public hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic response (16 April 2020)

Media release - Public hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic response (22 April 2020)

Media release - Public hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic response (30 April 2020)

Media release - Public hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic response (7 May 2020)

Media release - Public hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic response (13 May 2020)

Media release - Interim report on the COVID-19 pandemic response (17 May 2020)

Media release - Interim report on the COVID-19 pandemic response (21 May 2020)

Media release - Interim report on the COVID-19 pandemic response (27 May 2020)

Media release - Interim report on the COVID-19 pandemic response (29 May 2020)

Media release - Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (4 June 2020)

Media release - Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response  (10 June 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (18 June 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (25 June 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (3 July 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (8 July 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (16 July 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (23 July 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (30 July 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (13 August 2020)

Media release: Public hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic response (20 August 2020)

Media release - Interim report on the COVID-19 pandemic response (27 August 2020)

DescriptionPDFWord
E-mail from Craig Wallace, ACTCOSS - Public hearings dated 9 April 2020 PDF (150.4 KB)
Exhibit 01 - E-mail from Andrew Hannan - Public hearings dated 23 April 2020 PDF (690.7 KB)
Exhibit 02 - Letter from CHIA to Chief Minitser and Deputy Chief Minister - Public hearings dated 23 April 2020 PDF (306.0 KB)
Exhibit 03 - Rough Sleepers -suggestions for accommodation - Public hearings dated 8 May 2020 PDF (103.1 KB)
Exhibit 04 - E-mail from Graham Catt - Canberra Business Chamber - Public hearings dated 30 April 2020 PDF (881.6 KB)
Exhibit 05 - Letter to Select Committee on the COVID-19 response - tenancy policy reform - Public hearings dated 23 April 2020 PDF (2.4 MB)
Exhibit 06 - Letter for the Under Treasurer - Lease Variation Charge remission clarification - 3 July 2020 PDF (152.3 KB)
Exhibit 07 - Canberra Community Law - public hearing, 19 June 2020 PDF (195.1 KB)
Exhibit 08 - Mental Health Community Coalition statement PDF (144.8 KB)
Exhibit 09 - Better Renting PDF (7.5 MB)
Exhibit 10 - Women's Legal Centre PDF (318.3 KB)
DescriptionPDFWord
QTON 01 - COE - Temporary ED Contractors- 16 April 2020 PDF (643.9 KB)
QTON 02 - DUNNE - ICU capacity modelling - 16 April 2020 PDF (214.8 KB)
QTON 03 - CHEYNE - Contract tracing - 16 April 2020 PDF (210.2 KB)
QTON 04 - PETTERSSON - Government accommodation self isolation - 16 April 2020 PDF (694.5 KB)
QTON 05 - COE - Modelling on the effect of the pandemic on possible decreases in unimproved land values - 17 April 2020 PDF (248.6 KB)
QTON 06 - DUNNE - Access Canberra working arrangements - 17 April 2020 PDF (197.4 KB)
QTON 07 - DUNNE - National partnership agreement - 17 April 2020 PDF (240.8 KB)
QTON 08 - DUNNE - Dates of cabinet consideration of Aspen Medical pop-up Emergency Department - 17 April 2020 PDF (248.6 KB)
QTON 09 - DUNNE - Complications related to COVID-19 - 1 May 2020 PDF (429.0 KB)
QTON 10 - DUNNE - Surge Centre - 1 May 2020 PDF (284.7 KB)
QTON 11 - DUNNE - Surge Centre Floor Space - 1 May 2020 PDF (447.3 KB)
QTON 12 - DUNNE - Number of ED patients - 1 May 2020 PDF (1.7 MB)
QTON 13 - COE - Equipment for COVID-19 Surge Centre - 1 May 2020 PDF (1.2 MB)
QTON 14 - COE - Businesses that have applied for commercial rates waiver - 1 May 2020 PDF (287.7 KB)
QTON 16 - COE - Ventilator Acquisition - 1 May 2020 PDF (252.6 KB)
QTON 18 - CHEYNE - Mediation services for residential landlords and tenants - 1 May 2020 PDF (216.8 KB)
QTON 19 - LE COUTEUR - Businesses employers if patrons and or clients contract COVID-19 - 14 May 2020 PDF (312.7 KB)
QTON 20 - CHEYNE - Canberra Food Relief Network and demand for food and essential items- 14 May 2020 PDF (201.8 KB)
QTON 21 - LE COUTEUR - Red Cross community service delivery - 14 May 2020 PDF (192.4 KB)
QTON 22 - LE COUTEUR - Jobs for Canberrans initiative - 14 May 2020 PDF (191.7 KB)
QTON 23 - PETTERSSON - Comparable positions to Coordinator-General across other Australian jurisdictions - 14 May 2020 PDF (260.8 KB)
QTON 24 - COE - phone calls - 14 May 2020 PDF (87.0 KB)
QTON 25 - COE - Summary of appraoches being taken by colleges - 14 May 2020 PDF (599.7 KB)
QTON 26 - DUNNE - AHPC advice on gaming venues PDF (364.1 KB)
QTON 27 - LE COUTEUR - Gaming machine licenses surrender - 5 June 2020 PDF (212.5 KB)
QTON 28 - LE COUTEUR - RSI and OH&S issues experienced by public servants working from home - 5 June 2020 PDF (257.5 KB)
QTON 29 - DUNNE - Any issues with security of government documents with public servants working from home - 5 June 2020 PDF (230.6 KB)
QTON 30 - DUNNE - Elective surgery and outpatient backlog - 5 June 2020 PDF (531.1 KB)
QTON 31 - DUNNE - Planning for Housing - 11 June 2020 PDF (821.5 KB)
QTON 32 - COE - Lease Variation Charge - 11 June 2020 PDF (383.8 KB)
QTON 33 - LE COUTEUR - Stimulus Package Funding - 11 June 2020 PDF (210.1 KB)
QTON 34 - LE COUTEUR - Stimulus Allocation Decision - 11 June 2020 PDF (170.5 KB)
QTON 35 - DUNNE - Food Bank Quantity of Stock - 11 June 2020 PDF (188.9 KB)
QTON 36 - CHEYNE - Toilet Paper Supply Lines - 11 June 2020 PDF (163.0 KB)
QTON 37 - DUNNE - Mental Health Community Organisation Funding - 11 June 2020 PDF (178.9 KB)
QTON 38 - DUNNE - Homebuilder eligibility - newly released land for sale under price threshold for homebuilder - 3 July 2020 PDF (271.2 KB)
QTON 39 - COE - Under Treasurer provision - the end of April 2020 operating statement to the Chief Minister - 3 July 2020 PDF (258.9 KB)
QTON 40 - DUNNE - Commonwealth expenditures on health matters for COVID-19 National Partnership - 3 July 2020 PDF (370.9 KB)
QTON 41 - COE - Definition of commencement - Lease Variation Charge remission and when work began on this - 3 July 2020 PDF (277.2 KB)
QTON 42 - DUNNE - $30 Million Announcement Breakdown - 2 July 2020 PDF (309.4 KB)
QTON 43 - DUNNE - Scoping Document - Vicki Dunne MLA - 3 July 2020 PDF (4.7 MB)
QTON 45 - DUNNE - Expenditure - 24 July 2020 PDF (350.8 KB)
QTON 46 - DUNNE - Wait times - 28 May 2020 PDF (258.6 KB)
QTON 47 - DUNNE - Breakdown of COVID-19 specific funding for Hospital and Mental Health Services - 28 May 2020 PDF (320.9 KB)
QTON 48 - COE - Canberra Hospital Spenidng and Budget - 14 August 2020 PDF (450.5 KB)
QTON 49 - LE COUTEUR - Graphically presented information - 14 August 2020 PDF (569.6 KB)
QTON 50 - COE - Percentage of confirmed suicide that were users of Mental Health services - 28 May 2020 PDF (320.7 KB)
QTON 51 - DUNNE - Elective Surgery Booklet - 24 July 2020 PDF (1.3 MB)
DescriptionPDFWord
QON 01 - Answer - CHEYNE - Personal protective equipment PDF (620.3 KB)
QON 02 - Answer - DUNNE - BreastScreen PDF (508.8 KB)
QON 03 - Answer - CHEYNE - Australian Hotels Association - pubs and clubs PDF (270.6 KB)
QON 04 - Answer - DUNNE - Cancer screening PDF (1.0 MB)
QON 05 - Answer - DUNNE - Outpatient clinics and other hospital services PDF (503.3 KB)
DescriptionPDFWord
Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response - Interim report 1 PDF (238.0 KB) Word (2.2 MB)
Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response - Interim report 2 PDF (220.7 KB) Word (2.2 MB)
Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response - Interim report 3 PDF (13.5 MB) Word (14.8 MB)
Select Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response - Interim report 4 PDF (502.6 KB) Word (2.3 MB)
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Government Response to Interim Report 1 - COVID-19 pandemic response tabled 4 June 2020 PDF (267.9 KB)
Government Response to Interim Report 2 - COVID-19 pandemic response tabled 2 July 2020 PDF (245.8 KB)
Government Response to interim report 3 - COVID-19 pandemic response tabled 13 August 2020 PDF (241.5 KB)

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.