24 December 2020
Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on Australia’s National Hotel Quarantine Principles
Hotel quarantining was mandated by National Cabinet on 27 March 2020. Australia’s utilisation of hotel quarantine arrangements has proven to be highly successful – approximately 2,200 cases out of 164,714 arrivals have been diagnosed and managed with very few documented transmissions into the community.
Quarantine arrangements have limited the spread of COVID-19 to the Australian community when compared to many nations around the world. However, as transmission of infection can lead to serious outcomes including outbreaks, governments must continue to manage risk to prevent transmission in hotel quarantine.
Throughout Australia’s response to COVID-19, the following reviews relevant to hotel quarantine were undertaken:
National Review of Hotel Quarantine conducted by Ms Jane Halton, AO PSM.
On 23 October 2020, National Cabinet accepted this review’s recommendations.
National Contact Tracing Review conducted by Dr Alan Finkel.
On 13 November 2020, National Cabinet endorsed this review’s recommendations.
Inquiry into the Victorian COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Program conducted by the Hon. Jennifer Coate, AO.
An interim report was released on 6 November 2020.
The Inquiry’s Final Report is due by 21 December 2020.
National Hotel Quarantine Principles