Australia to conduct national hotel quarantine review

Nationwide review to be conducted into government’s hotel quarantine program.

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a nationwide review will be conducted into the government’s hotel quarantine program.

The review will be conducted by Jane Halton, who currently sits on the government’s COVID Commission.

All states and territories will be consulted as part of the review, which will examine a range of matters including infection prevention and control training as well as compliance with infection prevention and control requirements.

It comes following a recent spike in cases that are understood to have been linked to alleged infection control breaches at quarantine hotels.

Morrison said the review led by Halton is an important step for providing strict quarantine standards.

“She will be undertaking that review working with states and territories and that again is an important step in providing reassurances, making sure that as we look into each of these states and territories and how they are managing the quarantine, that it is meeting the standards that the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) has advised upon,” the Prime Minister said.

States and territories are moving toward a model of charging for hotel quarantine. Further details will be provided by states and territories in the coming days, with National Cabinet agreeing to work toward a uniform model across the country.

A separate inquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine program is already underway and a report will be delivered by the end of September.

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