The Committee is reviewing pandemic orders made by the Minister for Health under pandemic laws. The orders are available on the Victoria Government’s Pandemic Order Register.
The Committee reports to Parliament on the orders, including any issues it identifies. It may also recommend that a pandemic order (or parts of an order) be disallowed or suspended.
Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, the Committee may review and report on pandemic orders where they:
- do not appear to be within the powers of the Act
- without express authority given under the Act:
- have a retrospective effect
- impose taxes, fees, fines or other penalties
- shift the legal burden of proof to a person accused of an offence
- allow for subdelegation of powers delegated under the Act.
The Committee may also report on whether an order is incompatible with the human rights under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Health & Welfare | 24 June
Committee inquiry reviews Government’s pandemic orders
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Pandemic Committee provides greater oversight
The newly established Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee held its first public hearing on 31 January 2022.
Media Release | 27 April
Pandemic Committee to explore mental health impact of pandemic
Media Release | 25 March
Pandemic Committee to examine quarantine orders
Media Release | 12 March
Pandemic Committee to hear from mental health organisations
Media Release | 14 February