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Independent Review of the Response to the North-West Tasmania COVID-19 Outbreak

The Premier has established an Independent Review to consider the actions, and effectiveness of those actions, taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in North-West Tasmania by government agencies, public and private health care facilities, and other relevant authorities.

Greg Melick AO SC has been appointed as the Independent Reviewer. An eminent member of Australia’s legal community, he practises as a barrister and mediator in several jurisdictions in both criminal and civil matters. He is also Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Tasmania’s Integrity Commission.

An expert working group is being established to advise the Independent Reviewer with members experienced in public health, hospital administration, and public sector administration.

Timeframe and scope

The Final Report, including findings and recommendations, is expected to be delivered by the Independent Reviewer by the end of October 2020, subject to the spread of COVID-19 over that timeframe and possible impacts on the availability of personnel.

Objectives

The Review will consider the actions, and effectiveness of those actions, taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in North-West Tasmania by government agencies, public and private health care facilities and any other relevant authorities.

The Independent Reviewer will:

  1. Provide an opportunity to persons with a proper interest in the subject matter of this review to make submissions about that subject matter and, if thought necessary, to be heard personally in relation those matters;
  2. Ensure that where necessary appropriate confidentiality arrangements are made for persons assisting the inquiry; and
  3. Ensure the lived experience of North West Coast patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and those placed in quarantine are taken account of.

The Review will cover any other matter relevant to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the North West that the Independent Reviewer identifies in the course of Review activities as warranting investigation and discussion.

Terms of Reference

Following consultation the final Terms of Reference were released on 24 July 2020.

Call for Submissions to the Review

Submissions are now invited to the Review. Information provided through submissions to the Review will be considered to ensure we have a responsible and transparent approach to Tasmania’s response and management of COVID-19

Submissions are open until 5pm, Friday, 14 August 2020. Written submissions can be submitted by email or post to:

Email

NWOutbreakReview@dpac.tas.gov.au

Post

Independent Review North-West Tasmania
GPO Box 1
Hobart, TAS 7001.

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on the DPAC website.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

Accessibility of submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information.  We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.

The Government cannot take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Important information to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material.  If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.  You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.