This Inquiry expired on 12 October 2022.
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.
Clearer language recommended for pandemic orders
Health & Welfare | 22 July 2022
The Victorian Government should improve the way it communicates pandemic orders to the public, the Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee has found.
Committee inquiry reviews Government’s pandemic orders
Health & Welfare | 24 June 2022
The Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee has consulted various stakeholders at public hearings held throughout 2022.
Pandemic Committee provides greater oversight
Health & Welfare | 1 February 2022
The newly established Pandemic Declaration Accountability and Oversight Committee held its first public hearing on 31 January 2022.
Pandemic Committee to explore mental health impact of pandemic
Media Release | 27 April 2022
Pandemic Committee to examine quarantine orders
Media Release | 25 March 2022
Pandemic Committee to hear from mental health organisations
Media Release | 12 March 2022
Pandemic Committee to hear from health services
Media Release | 14 February 2022